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HAKONE Part of Fu­jiHakone-Izu Na­tional Park, Hakone is an his­toric onsen town and a pop­u­lar day trip from Tokyo. Don’t miss a cruise on Lake Ashi, a visit to Hakone Shrine, and the Hakone Open

Air Museum ( hakone-oam .or.jp), which fea­tures works from a slew of avant-garde artists in­clud­ing Pi­casso, Henry Moore, and Taro Okamoto. KY­OTO Aside from vis­it­ing the city’s ma­jor tem­ples and shrines, make sure you spend a few hours at the fas­ci­nat­ing Ky­oto Rail­way Museum ( ky­otorail­way­mu­seum.jp). The dis­trict of Arashiyama is also a great day out for kids, thanks to its bam­boo grove, the hill­top Kameyama Park, and rental row­boats on the Hozu­gawa River.

FUKUOKA The largest city in Kyushu is the home of Fish­ing

Restau­rant Zauo ( zauo.com) where you must catch your own din­ner. Those with more restless kids should spend a day at Umi­non­akamichi Sea­side Park ( umi­naka-park .jp), a 300-hectare venue with mul­ti­ple play­grounds, splash pools, sea­sonal flower gar­dens, and more.

KAGOSHIMA Nick­named “Naples of the East” for its warmer climes and bay­side lo­ca­tion op­po­site the ac­tive vol­cano of Mount Saku­ra­jima, this is Kyushu’s south­ern­most ma­jor city. Take a ferry across the wa­ter to Saku­ra­jima Vis­i­tor

Cen­ter ( saku­ra­jima.gr.jp), then hop aboard an Is­land View bus to see points of in­ter­est around the vol­cano.

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