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Exploring Aizu: From Samurai of the Past to Friendly Locals of the Present Part 2
Exploring Aizu: From Samurai of the Past to Friendly Locals of the Present Part 2
After breakfast the next morning I reluctantly packed my suitcase and checked out. When I asked the staff for a ride back down…
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Exploring Aizu: From Samurai of the Past to Friendly Locals of the Present Part 1
Exploring Aizu: From Samurai of the Past to Friendly Locals of the Present Part 1
I was fortunate to have the chance to visit part of Japan I hadn’t been to before: Aizu, an area located in the northern Tohoku…
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Aizu: Delicious Food and Tradition in Deep Japan Part 1
Aizu: Delicious Food and Tradition in Deep Japan Part 1
I departed from Asakusa Tobu train station on an afternoon in November. It was 1h 50 min aboard a new train (Tobu Limited…
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Aizu: Delicious Food and Tradition in Deep Japan Part 2
Aizu: Delicious Food and Tradition in Deep Japan Part 2
On my second day in Aizu I joined a private tour with Temahima Utsuwa Trip to learn all about urushi. Urushi is the art of…
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Behind the Mountain – The Mystic Marsh of Goshikinuma
Behind the Mountain – The Mystic Marsh of Goshikinuma
Less than one hour from the main provincial city of Koriyama (accessible by bullet train), the Aizu region of Tohoku is a world…
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The Edo Era Lives on in Fukushima’s Ouchijuku
The Edo Era Lives on in Fukushima’s Ouchijuku
The merchants and feudal lords who once traveled the Shimotsuke Kaido trade route between Aizu-Wakamatsu and Nikko are no longer…
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From Natural Disaster to Natural Beauty: Exploring Ura-Bandai
From Natural Disaster to Natural Beauty: Exploring Ura-Bandai
North of Aizu’s iconic Mount Bandai lies Ura-Bandai, a spectacular playground formed in 1888 when Bandai erupted, covering the…
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Top 5 Things to Do in Aizu-Wakamatsu
Top 5 Things to Do in Aizu-Wakamatsu
As the oldest and strongest castle in the Tohoku region, Tsurugajo Castle was the centre of power in the region for almost five…
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