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What is Samurai Trip? Samurai Trip is here to bring you comprehensive travel information on Japan, with a special focus on the beautiful countryside and lesser-known cities and towns that often get missed when sticking to the biggest cities and sights featured in guidebooks. Whether it’s your first time to visit or your passport is full of Japan stamps, we hope you’ll find something new to discover on your next Samurai Trip!

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Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple
Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple
The history of the Nikkosan Rinno-Ji Temple started 1200 years ago, when Shodo Shonin (Saint Shodo),, who firstly served as the head priest of Nikko, founded the Shihonryuji Temple. Sanbutsudo Hall, the main temple, is one of the largest wooden architectures in Nikkousan, and houses Buddhist statues respectively symbolizing honchibutsu (original Buddhist divinity), of the holy three mountains in Nikko, such as Senju-Kannon (Kannon with a thousand arms: honchibutsu of Mt. Nantaisan), Amidanyorai (Amitabha Tathagata: honchibutsu of Mt. Nyohousan), and Bato-Kannon (Kannon with a horse head: honchibutsu o Mt. Tarosan),, which is 8m tall. In addition to the above, there are still many spots that visitors should not miss: such as the Gomado Hall that houses the statues of the gods of fortune such as Bishamonten, Daikokuten and Benzaiten; temple’s treasure house that exhibits the statues of Buddha and sutras registered as the national treasures or important cultural properties; Shoyoen garden, a Japanese-style garden that features a path around a pond.
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Mukibanda Yayoi Settlement Site
Mukibanda Yayoi Settlement Site
Mukibanda is thought to have been the central portion of a Yayoi settlement at the foot of Mt Daisen. The ruins cover the entirety of Banda Hill, extending from part of Yonago City into Daisen-cho in the Saihaku District. At present as much as a tenth of the total area has been excavated, revealing a number of important discoveries that have led experts to revise their conception of the Yayoi period. These include more than 420 pit dwellings and more than 500 huts built directly into the ground from the end of the middle period of the Yayoi (first century CE) to the early Kofun (third century CE), as well as embedded barrow tombs with four-cornered projections counted among some 34 grave sites, and the encircling trench. Visitors may also watch the ongoing excavations up close, and the establishment offers a Yayoi living experience to give visitors a taste of life in ancient times with primitive fire building, making comma-shaped jewels and stone knives, and wearing the simple hemp garments of the age, making Mukibanda a popular field trip destination for schools and organisations as well as for families.
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Shimane Art Museum
Shimane Art Museum
This art museum opened in 1999 and was designed by Kiyonori Kikutake, a prominent Japanese architect known as one of the founders of the Japanese Metabolist (architectural movement) group. It was built to look like a painter’s palette, and looks also like the setting sun.
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Nikko

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From splendid World Heritage shrines and temples to hot springs and waterfalls, Nikko is one of Japan's top destinations.
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Takayama

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Nestled among the Hida mountains of central Japan, the castle town of Takayama is full of Edo Period history and atmosphere.
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Kochi

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The birthplace of the famous Yosakoi Festival and historical figures such as Sakamoto Ryoma, Kochi Prefecture is big on culture and nature.
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Wakayama

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From fresh seafood to the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage and Buddhist temples of Koya-san in the mountains, Wakayama Prefecture offers plenty of worldly and spiritual attractions.
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Aizuwakamatsu

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Having served as the political and military capital of the Aizu clan during the Edo Period, the city of Aizuwakamatsu is full of history.
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Iseshima

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Known best for Ise Jingu, the holiest of all Japan's Shinto shrines, Iseshima also boasts a beautiful coastline and is home to many traditional ama divers.
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Kanazawa

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A former castle town with many well-preserved streets and a strong history of traditional arts, Kanazawa also features the famous Kenrokuen Garden.
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Narita

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Now famous for its airport, Narita first flourished as a popular pilgrimage site during the Edo Period.
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Matsuyama

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Matsuyama is the capital of beautiful Ehime and site of the famous Dogo Onsen, Matsuyama Castle, and other must-visit destinations.
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Fukuoka

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The largest city on the island of Kyushu, lively Fukuoka also serves as a gateway to other parts of Asia.
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Shimane

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Beautiful Shimane Prefecture, located on the northern coast facing the Sea of Japan, remains undiscovered by most tourists.
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Tottori

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Home to beautiful sand dunes and a long coastline, Tottori is also the birthplace of internationally famous manga artists.
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Kitakyushu

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This port city located between the islands of Honshu and Kyushu still retains much of its retro vibe from past decades.
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Hiroshima

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In addition to the moving Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima City, the prefecture of Hiroshima boasts the 'floating torii gate' of Miyajima.
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Kumamoto

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Located in central Kyushu, Kumamoto is famous for its impressive castle but is also home to Mount Aso, a large active volcano, and other nature.