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Exploring Otaru City and the nearby Shakotan District
Exploring Otaru City and the nearby Shakotan District
No trip to Hokkaido is complete without exploring Otaru and Shakotan on the island’s west coast. Just forty kilometres from Sapporo, Otaru is a vibrant city full of historic architecture, charming walkways, talented artisans, and an iconic canal.
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A Weekend Excursion to Tottori, With the Sanin Pass
A Weekend Excursion to Tottori, With the Sanin Pass
While Tottori Prefecture is the least populous prefecture in Japan, it is certainly not lacking in sights to take in.
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Top 10 Places to See Autumn Colors in Kochi Prefecture
Top 10 Places to See Autumn Colors in Kochi Prefecture
Autumn is one of the best times of year to visit Japan. The climate is still warm, but without the humidity of the summer months. From late October, you can experience ‘momiji’;the changing colors of leaves. Kochi has many wonderful places to see autumn colors, but here are ten of the top spots.
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Top Things to Do in Shirahama, Wakayama
Top Things to Do in Shirahama, Wakayama
The town of Shirahama is located on the southern coast of Wakayama prefecture, about an hour and a half from Osaka. If you’ve traveled in Japan before you probably know that 90 minutes by train can take you seemingly worlds away from the metropolis from which you began your journey, and Shirahama is no exception.
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The Dunes of Tottori
The Dunes of Tottori
Japan remained isolated for centuries and has carried many unique developments into the present day. It conjures images of castles and Shinto shrines, sushi and sake, animation and martial arts. What most people don’t think of is the desert. Deserts belong to the Middle East and Africa, and to imagine one in Japan is bizarre.
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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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Kushimoto: Pillar Rocks, Marine Life, and More
Kushimoto: Pillar Rocks, Marine Life, and More
Kushimoto, on the way to Nachi Falls, might easily be passed by. Yet this small seaside town offers a wide array of scenic spots: from a rugged and wild coastline with interesting rock formations, to an aquarium where you can come close with marine life, as well as historical sights exploring Japanese-Turkish and Japanese-American relations.
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Ozu Maple Festival: A Celebration of Autumn's Beauty
Ozu Maple Festival: A Celebration of Autumn's Beauty
Ozu is a small town south of Matsuyama. It and its neighboring town of Uchiko value traditional Japanese living and are not often visited by tourists. During the month of November, Ozu celebrates the changing colors of the leaves in Inariyama Park by hosting a festival and local market known as the Momiji Matsuri, or “Maple Festival.” Inariyama Park features about 3,000 maple trees and some are over 200 years old. The trees are said to have been brought over from Kyoto by a Niiya feudal lord during the Edo Period. The lord had visited Kyoto and was so in love with its autumn colors that he brought the trees’ seedlings to Ozu.
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Chikurin-ji Temple and the Makino Botanical Garden, Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku
Chikurin-ji Temple and the Makino Botanical Garden, Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku
A short 20 minute journey on the MY YU tourist bus from Kochi City will drop you at the doorsteps of Makino Botanical Garden and Chikurin-ji Temple.
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Early Autumn Stroll through Naritasan and Environs
Early Autumn Stroll through Naritasan and Environs
Walking up Omotesando from the west, we spot HOUEI Coffee’s shop, which includes hard-to-find decaf coffee and other beverages. What a delicious way to start our tour!
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Noodles, Noodles, Noodles at Nikko’s 2016 Soba Matsuri
Noodles, Noodles, Noodles at Nikko’s 2016 Soba Matsuri
We took advantage of a beautiful autumn day to travel out to Nikko’s Daiyagawa Park (Map Link) for the annual Soba Matsuri. Dozens of soba makers had set up restaurant tents all through the festival grounds. Rooms made from clear plastic siding let the noodle makers show off their skills while we waited for seats to open up.
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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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Best Places to See the Autumn Colors Around Takayama
Best Places to See the Autumn Colors Around Takayama
Takayama has many good spots for viewing the beautiful autumn leaves with the colors typically at their peak from mid October to mid November. The ancient town is bathed in beautiful red, orange and yellow foliage in fall, making it the perfect spot to enjoy the autumn colors in Japan. The following are the best places to see the autumn colors around Takayama.
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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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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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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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Experience the Beauty of Rural Japan at the Shikoku Karst Natural Park
Experience the Beauty of Rural Japan at the Shikoku Karst Natural Park
Shikoku boasts one of Japan's three largest karst territories. Located where Kochi and Ehime Prefectures meet, these rippling rock formations and flowing hills are 1400m above sea level but create a landscape that seems to reflect the vast Pacific Ocean encompassing Shikoku.
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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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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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Shirarahama Beach: Wakayama’s Answer to Waikiki
Shirarahama Beach: Wakayama’s Answer to Waikiki
Shirarahama literally means white beach, and is a popular beach resort town in southern Wakayama Prefecture.Its main attraction is the 640m long beach with quartz sand.
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