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Awashima Shrine: Home to the Spookiest Dolls
Awashima Shrine: Home to the Spookiest Dolls
Awashima Shrine in Kada, Wakayama may be one of the most unique shrines in the Kansai area. Located about a 20-minute walk from Kada Station through a picturesque country town, the brightly colored vermillion shrine is most famous for the Girls Day Festival, or Hina Matsuri, held every year on March 3rd.
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A Wonderful Day in Narita City and Sakae Town, on the Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
A Wonderful Day in Narita City and Sakae Town, on the Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
Narita Airport Transit and Stay Program is a free tour covering the sightseeing spots around Narita Airport, designed for long layovers. There are two plan options available: Volunteer Guide Tours and Self Tours. The Volunteer Guide Tours are accompanied by one or two volunteer guides while Self Tours are self-guided.
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Science Fun at Shirahama Energy Land in Wakayama
Science Fun at Shirahama Energy Land in Wakayama
Yes, at Shirahama Energy Land the family can learn about renewable energy and see a model town powered by solar energy in a vision of the future. But the theme of energy doesn’t stop there; in fact, it goes way beyond, and one of the park’s goals seems to be to offer as many ways possible for kids to use up their boundless energy.
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Shinmei Shrine ー the Shrine that Grants Women One Wish
Shinmei Shrine ー the Shrine that Grants Women One Wish
Ise-Shima in Mie Prefecture is home to the largest population of female divers, known as ama, in Japan. Ama freedive from small boats without the aid of oxygen tanks or other equipment to collect mollusks, seaweed, and other resources from the sea, including (more rarely) pearls. This is a dangerous line of work, and, over the centuries, ama have visited Shinmei Shrine to pray for protection.
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Festival Floats Show Off Traditional Craftmanship at Takayama Yatai Kaikan
Festival Floats Show Off Traditional Craftmanship at Takayama Yatai Kaikan
The Takayama Yatai Kaikan is located next to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine in the northern part of Takayama’s historic old town, about a 15-20 minute walk from Takayama Station.
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The Sake Breweries of Takayama
The Sake Breweries of Takayama
Takayama, with its picturesque mountain location, cold weather, top quality rice and pure mountain water, produces some of the best-tasting sake in Japan. This area has been famous for its sake production for over 400 years, with around 56 breweries at one time during the Edo Period (1603-1868).
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The Black Castle: Centuries-Old Symbol of Matsue, Shimane Prefecture
The Black Castle: Centuries-Old Symbol of Matsue, Shimane Prefecture
Matsue Castle is a Japanese National Treasure, built in 1611 by Yoshiharu Horio. Unlike many Japanese castles, Matsue Castle is no modern reconstruction, but one of only twelve castles countrywide still standing as originally constructed. It was engineered for war, not tourism, and behind its beautiful outer face, the castle tower conceals a host of precarious stairways and hidden gun ports.
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Limited offer - take a free cool photo at National Treasure Matsue Castle in Japan!
Limited offer - take a free cool photo at National Treasure Matsue Castle in Japan!
This April 1st and 2nd, come to the National Treasure - Matsue Castle in Shimane Prefecture, Japan to take photo from a unique angle. Shoot photos of yourself standing in the balcony at the top floor of the castle tower, just like a samurai lord!
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Tomogashima Island and Awashima Shrine
Tomogashima Island and Awashima Shrine
There is something eerie and mystical about this island. No wonder it is said to have inspired the scenery of the anime 'Castle in the Sky'. Old gun batteries from war-times, scattered on a beautifully green and lush island, abandoned beaches, ruins and a big white lighthouse are only a few of the things you will encounter on your visit to Tomogashima.
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Wakayama's Top Specialties – Mikan and Ume
Wakayama's Top Specialties – Mikan and Ume
To many Japanese the first thing that comes to mind regarding Wakayama Prefecture will be ‘mikan!’ Mikan, or mandarin oranges, are one of the prefecture's signature foods.
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Narita Airport: Gifts, Souvenirs, and Toilets
Narita Airport: Gifts, Souvenirs, and Toilets
With thousands of international travelers using Narita Airport, either as the launching point of their Japan visit or for transit between flights, it’s no wonder there’s a wide variety of shops and facilities. But after a long flight or frantic scramble to finish packing and get to the airport, travelers may wonder where to begin and not have the energy to wander. Here are two suggestions to meet your needs and keep you entertained during your time at Narita Airport.
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Kanazawa City’s Top 7 Places to Visit!
Kanazawa City’s Top 7 Places to Visit!
Kanazawa City is located on the coast along the Sea of Japan, and is a city rich in both traditional and modern culture, and natural scenic beauty. Travellers to the city will find a wide variety of sights and experiences, and here we’ve compiled a list of the top 7 which are not to be missed!
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What to See at the Takayama Autumn Festival
What to See at the Takayama Autumn Festival
The Takayama Autumn Festival is one of the three most beautiful festivals of Japan and has been celebrated now for close to 400 years. It is held every year on October 9th and 10th and is centered on Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine in the northern part of Takayama City. The festival, also known as the Hachiman Festival, signifies the coming of autumn to the Hida area and prompts the locals to start their preparations for the winter season.
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Top Places to Visit in Narita
Top Places to Visit in Narita
Narita City in Chiba Prefecture is the gateway city for many who are entering Japan or in transit via Japan. For a short visit that encompasses many aspects of Japanese culture, it’s the perfect area to spend a few hours or even a day or two. Most of these Top Places to Visit in Narita are dog-friendly when the animal is carried securely by its owner.
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Experience life in old Japan at Nikko Edo Wonderland
Experience life in old Japan at Nikko Edo Wonderland
Come dress up like a samurai and experience village life in Nikko’s Edo Wonderland. Situated on a beautiful mountainside, Edo Wonderland is a recreation of a feudal village populated by actors in period garb. Here, visitors can learn Japanese history through plays and skits by professional performers, get dressed up in recreations of feudal era clothing, and try lots of local dishes at the many restaurants and food stalls.
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Top Things to Do in Nikko
Top Things to Do in Nikko
Nikko is a spiritual center located in Tochigi Prefecture. Though just a short train ride from Tokyo’s concrete canyons, Nikko’s natural surroundings and holy locations make it seem like travelers have stepped into a different world. It is a registered World Heritage Site that offers temples, shrines, hot springs, and natural beauty.
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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 around, but the tradition and flavor of the Edo Era lives on in the post town of Ouchijuku, waiting for you in the mountains that dominate the southern part of Fukushima Prefecture’s Aizu region.
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The Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Route: Spiritual Walks for Any Fitness Level
The Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Route: Spiritual Walks for Any Fitness Level
The Nakahechi Route is the most popular and accessible route of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage.
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The Shinane Festival: Experience Kochi City’s Most Important Shinto Festival at Tosa Shrine
The Shinane Festival: Experience Kochi City’s Most Important Shinto Festival at Tosa Shrine
People in Kochi say that summer begins with the Wanuke Festival in June and ends with the Shinane Festival in August. Held on the third day of the seventh month according to the lunar calendar (around August 24-25),
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Top Things to Do in Iseshima - The Beautiful Land
Top Things to Do in Iseshima - The Beautiful Land
Legend says that 2,000 years ago Princess Yamato hime no mikoto traveled Japan in search of a suitable and permanent location to build a divine palace for Amaterasu omikami, Japan’s guardian deity.
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Kochi Castle – Four Hundred Years of Tosa History
Kochi Castle – Four Hundred Years of Tosa History
Located near Hirome at the end of Otetsuji Street where the weekly Sunday Market is held, Kochi Castle has been watching over Kochi City since the Edo Period – close to four hundred years.
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10 Things to Do in Kumano Kodo, Wakayama
10 Things to Do in Kumano Kodo, Wakayama
Accredited as a World Heritage Site in 2004, the Kumano Kodo, the sister pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) in Spain is still an off-the-beaten-track destination in the southern end of Wakayama prefecture.
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Kumano Hongu Taisha: Grand Shrine at the Center of the Kumano Kodo
Kumano Hongu Taisha: Grand Shrine at the Center of the Kumano Kodo
Kumano Hongu Taisha is the destination point for most visitors on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes. It is the central point, where the different routes of the Kumano Kodo meet.
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Mount Koya: Center of Shingon Buddhism for 1200 Years
Mount Koya: Center of Shingon Buddhism for 1200 Years
The town of Koyasan (Mount Koya) is one of the most important places of Japanese Buddhism. One of the Buddhist sects that shaped Japanese Buddhism as it is today, Shingon was brought to Japan by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in the 9th century, and this is the site of the first monastery he established.
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Nachi Taisha Shrine: A Pilgrimage Destination with Japan’s Tallest Waterfall
Nachi Taisha Shrine: A Pilgrimage Destination with Japan’s Tallest Waterfall
Nachi Shrine is one of the Kumano Sanzan 3 Grand Shrines and a major pilgrimage destination.
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Discovering Traditional Japanese Kabuki in Kochi
Discovering Traditional Japanese Kabuki in Kochi
Once a year on the third weekend in July, the sleepy town of Akaoka comes to life with thousands of visitors to its famous Ekin Festival. Many stalls line the town’s streets, selling food and drink; there are games for children to enjoy and a beer garden with live music. Akaoka is a small town with many traditional buildings, situated on the east coast of Kochi, and facing out onto the Pacific Ocean.
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Discover the Hidden Charm of Takayama: Top 5 Things to Do
Discover the Hidden Charm of Takayama: Top 5 Things to Do
Takayama is a beautifully preserved Edo period castle town situated in the picturesque Hida Mountains of Gifu Prefecture. Takayama’s remote location has helped it retain its traditional atmosphere and charm, offering you the chance to feel and touch the atmosphere and spirit of old Japan. The following are my top 5 things to do in Takayama.
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Spend an Afternoon Reading Manga for Free at the Yokoyama Memorial Manga Museum
Spend an Afternoon Reading Manga for Free at the Yokoyama Memorial Manga Museum
Fancy spending an afternoon reading a library full of manga for free? The Yokoyama Memorial Manga Museum in Kochi City's Culture Plaza "Culport" includes a large manga library that is open to everyone, even if they haven't paid to enter the museum. Full of both popular manga and the works of lesser-known Tosa artists, it is the perfect spot to relax with an old favourite or discover something new.
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