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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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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 Toshogu Shrine
Nikko Toshogu Shrine
The Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the most famous shrine of the World Heritages in Nikko, enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo bakufu (shogunate),, but most of it was renovated by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun, in the Great Reconstruction of the Kanei era in 1636. Inside the shrine, encompassed are 55 architectures including 8 national treasures and 34 important cultural properties. Each architecture is decorated with sculpture, japan and brilliant color coatings crafted by famous craftsmen selected and gathered from all over Japan. It is said that total 40 to 100 billion yen in present currency value was spent to create those great-flamboyant architectural beauties.
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Nikko

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From the World-Heritage shrines and temples to various traditional local cuisines and souvenirs, things that you should not miss in the city of Nikko gather together in this area. Combine the fun in this area with other surrounding areas such as the Kinugawa Hot Spring Resort.
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Takayama

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Takayama is located in Gifu Prefecture, almost in the center of the Japanese archipelago.Here, narrow valleys stretch between countless steep mountains, dotted with villages.
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Kochi

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Kochi Prefecture is blessed with beautiful and abundant nature under a shining sun such as the coastline with the Kuroshio Current (Japan Current), clear rivers such as the Shimanto River and deep green forests.
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Wakayama

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Wakayama, an area easily accessible from Kyoto, Osaka, and Kansai International Airport, offers many wonderful spots to visit by train and bus. Fresh seasonal seafood and exquisite mountain and ocean sites await you all year round.
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Aizuwakamatsu

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Located in the southern part of the Tohoku area, Aizuwakamatsu City has flourished as a major northeastern city since ancient times. In particular, it served as a political and military center, and was famous for its line of celebrated military commanders turned Aizu lords.
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Iseshima

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Iseshima is best known for Ise Jingu, the holiest of all jinja (Shinto shrines) in all of Japan's thousands of shrines. The ria coastline embraces about 60 islands, both large and small, with waters that continue to bless us with wonderful produce from the sea. For 2,000 years, the pick of the catch has been offered to gods at Ise Jingu and to the Imperial Court.
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Kanazawa

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Located in the central part of the mainland of Japan, Kanazawa is the prefectural capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. The southeast area of the city faces the mountains and the northwest area faces the Sea of Japan.
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Narita

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The city of Narita first gained notice and flourished when it became a popular pilgrimage site during the Edo period, thanks to the visits from numerous pilgrims who flocked there from all corners of Japan.
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Matsuyama

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Matsuyama is located in Shikoku, the smallest of the four main islands of Japan. Facing the tranquil and beautiful Seto Inland Sea, the region has a pleasant climate – mild throughout the year with little rainfall. With the sea to the west and mountains to the east, it’s a place that offers both the conveniences of a city and the slow pace of the countryside.
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Fukuoka

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Fukuoka is an energetic city and the centre of core city of politics, economy, culture and fashion in Kyushu. As "a gateway to Asia”, it is well serviced by international air. It also has great accessibility in the city, for instance it only takes 5 minutes to Hakata station and 11 minutes to Tenjin from Fukuoka airport. Fukuoka is expected to further leap forward as its population reached 1.5 million, so come and take a look at this vibrant city!
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Shimane

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Shimane Prefecture is situated in the northern region of Western Japan, facing the Sea of Japan. It stretches widely from east to west, with the Oki islands located north of its shores. The land is blessed with riches both from the Sea of Japan and from the Chugoku mountain range.
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Tottori

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Tottori is located at the western edge of Japan’s main island of Honshu, in the northeast area of the Chugoku region. It is a fairly long and narrow prefecture running some 120 km east to west and 50 km north to south. To the north is the Sea of Japan, with the Tottori Sand Dune and lovely beaches dotted with pine trees. In the south is the Chuguku Mountains, including Mt Daisen, the highest peak in the region.