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formerly known as JAPAN TRAVEL BUREAU


Hirosaki Castle is the quintessential jewel of the Tsugaru region. Every spring over 2 million people from all over Japan flock to the castle grounds to witness Aomori prefecture’s famous cherry blossom festival.     The three-storied castle structure (resembling a turret) was originally built in the Edo Period and normally sits on the corner of the inner citadel. However, recently it’s been moved to allow construction...

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Aomori Showa Daibutsu

Aomori Showa Daibutsu


Posted By on May 6, 2016

Although the Daibutsu (lit: Giant Buddha) of Nara is considered the most famous, the distinction of the tallest seated Daibutsu goes to Aomori Prefecture’s bronze Showa Daibutsu. Towering at over 70 feet and weighing 220 tons it’s approximately the height of the White House and the weight of over 100 American sized cars. Isolated on the outskirts of Aomori City, the Showa Daibutsu gracefully overlooks the eastern part of the city....

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Day 1&2:  A total of 21 people met at Honolulu Airport around 10:30 am.  The airport was unbelievably busy with so many tourists going to places during Spring Break.  After extra long lines at the JAL check-in counter and the security check point, we could finally reach inside the airport around 12:30 pm.  After about 9 hours of a long flight to Kansai Airport, we encountered another long line at the immigration in Osaka. It took...

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Day 1 Fly to Narita, then to Fukuoka with ANA. flight was very comfortable although it was full flight, food and service was good. Day 2 We arrive Fukuoka, most of us run to closest convenience store for quick bite and drinks. It was little cold for us from Hawaii, being so used to warm wheather… Day 3 Visited Dazaifu Tenmangu in Fukuoka – Shingama Kiln in Arita – Inasayama Mauntain in Nagasaki for night view. We had...

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During the Edo period of Japan, Ouchijuku was no more than a small post station; it has since then been a well preserved village mostly untouched by time. Located in the Shimogo, Fukushima, Ouchijuku is a historically preserved district that shows us a glimpse back in time to the Old World Japan. The thatched roofs of the village houses in this modest town are mostly made of dried straw. These settlements were known as a central hub...

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