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The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN



Cover August 2023


  • In Japan, there are approximately 1,200 facilities known as "Michi-no-Eki," or roadside stations, that have been established across the country with the purposes of offering road users a safe and comfortable road traffic environment as well as fostering local community development. Each facility is designed to reflect the unique characteristics of its respective area. In this month's issue of "Highlighting Japan," we will showcase these Michi-no-Eki, which draw a diverse range of visitors with their breathtaking scenic views, exclusive experiences, and the sale of attractive local specialties. We will also introduce the expansion of Michi-no-Eki internationally.


  • An interview with Niwa Katsuhiko, Director-General of the Road Bureau at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

  • Learn about this Michi-no-Eki, serving as a hub for exploring Meruhen-no-Oka (Hill of Fairy) and other beautiful spots around Ozora Town in Hokkaido

  • Introduction to a Michi-no-Eki located in Kawanehoncho, Shizuoka Prefecture, renowned as the birthplace of one of Japan's finest teas, "Kawane tea"

  • A Michi-no-Eki housing the Hida Space Science Museum's Kamioka Lab, highlighting such topics as the study of subatomic particles, neutrinos, using the Super-Kamiokande detector

  • One of the largest Michi-no-Eki in western Japan with approximately 70,000 seasonal flowers, an expansive fruit garden, and an amusement park

  • A photo-worthy Michi-no-Eki in Shodoshima, Kagawa Prefecture, the birthplace of olive cultivation in Japan

  • A Michi-no-Eki featuring an underground museum recreating gold mine tunnels and the opportunity to experience gold panning

  • An interview with Kato Fumio, who has played a central role in international cooperation projects focused on establishing Michi-no-Eki in Asia