May 15

Question: Do you know of any Japanese prefectures, cities, towns, regions, etc. that have their own tourism website in English?  (e.g., Shimane Prefecture  Or even their own English language website that might be helpful in some way to potential tourists?  And if not, do you have time to look some up?

Your help needed: Please either post the locations and URLs in the comments section below.  Or email the information to jetwit [at]

Goal: To gather in one place a list of as many English language tourism sites for Japan as we can find.

Background: One more thing the JET alumni community can do to increase the “Return on JET-vestment” by helping to promote tourism to Japan, especially to more local and regional areas.  I thought about this when I stumbled on the website and realized that there must be a bunch of other Japanese prefectures and local governments that have set up sites to encourage tourism.  In addition to gathering and posting them all in one place on JETwit, I thought it would also be great if every time we list a JET alum along with prefecture and years on JET (e.g., Steven Horowitz, Aichi-ken, 1992-94), we can hyperlink the prefecture and/or town to the appropriate tourism site.  This will help drive more traffic to those sites and also provide additional linkbacks, which are valuable to a website with regard to search engine optimization.

Thanks for everyone’s help with this collaborative effort.  Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

p.s.  I checked with Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO) as well as CLAIR and as far as I can tell there’s no previously existing version of this kind of list.

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