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Matsuyama Itinerary: Two Days of Castles, Cats, and Hot Springs!
Matsuyama Itinerary: Two Days of Castles, Cats, and Hot Springs!
Matsuyama is a vibrant city that is off the usual tourist path. Located on the southern island of Shikoku, locals are friendly and the city’s atmosphere is welcoming.
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Top Things to Do in Wakayama Prefecture
Top Things to Do in Wakayama Prefecture
Discover a route which has been walked by pilgrims for hundreds of years. Walk through the thick cedar forest dotted with shrines and temples. Enjoy breathtaking mountain views, soak up the fresh air and be mesmerized by the deep green colors of Japan’s nature.
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White Water Rafting at Happy Raft in Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku
White Water Rafting at Happy Raft in Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku
The island of Shikoku is known for its beautiful and abundant nature: from its lush forests and imposing mountain ranges to its clear rivers and white water rapids. An unmissable Shikoku experience is to brave the white water rapids of the Yoshino River, one Japan's three greatest rivers. This might sound like an intimidating experience for a foreigner, but Happy Raft in Kochi Prefecture has rafting tours designed with foreign tourists in mind.
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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 away from urban Japan. Heading west out of the city you immediately notice the absence of tall buildings and expanse of space.
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Nikko’s Autumn Colors Have Arrived
Nikko’s Autumn Colors Have Arrived
Splashes of red dot the mountain sides and patches of yellow have overtaken the lowlands which can only mean that Nikko's autumn colors have arrived! Let's head out for a look, shall we?
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The Four Best Ways to See the Best of Nikko’s Autumn Colors
The Four Best Ways to See the Best of Nikko’s Autumn Colors
Nikko in autumn: mountainsides awash in swathes of red and gold frame serene lakes, majestic waterfalls, and misty mornings. It is beautiful. It is transcendent. It is surprisingly accessible.
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Get Up Close with the Ocean at Sandanbeki Cave and the Senjojiki Rocks
Get Up Close with the Ocean at Sandanbeki Cave and the Senjojiki Rocks
Both these natural formations along the coast of Shirahama in Wakayama are worth a visit for travelers wishing to see and feel the power of the ocean up close.
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See the Beauty of Ise-Shima National Park from Yokoyama Observatory
See the Beauty of Ise-Shima National Park from Yokoyama Observatory
Ise-Shima is renowned for its relationship with the sea. However, if one looks inland, the mountains that dominate the region’s interior fill the horizon. The rivers tumbling down from these mountains snake through the landscape, providing irrigation for the rice fields and forests that cover the landscape, creating a symbiotic relationship between the people, land, and sea.
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Muroto Geopark A Place of Natural Beauty
Muroto Geopark A Place of Natural Beauty
Kochi Prefecture is known for its natural beauty. The coastlines – from Shimanto in the west to Muroto in the east – are stunning, waterfalls abound further inland, and some of Japan's clearest and bluest rivers, namely the Shimanto and Niyodo Rivers, run through the vividly green hills that are dotted with plum or cherry blossoms in the spring.
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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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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 area around the Nagase River with millions of tons of earth and lava. The resultant change in the land’s topography created the many lakes, ponds and marshes we enjoy today.
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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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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 centuries until its fall in 1868 during one of the final battles in the Boshin War.
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A Route with a View – Cycling along the Pacific Coastline in Kochi
A Route with a View – Cycling along the Pacific Coastline in Kochi
One of Kochi Prefecture’s best features is the stunning coastline that runs from east to west. There are many scenic spots that visitors can access by car, but to really appreciate the natural surroundings, cycling along the coast has to be the best way to experience them.
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