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  • Cosmos in Bloom in Tachikawa

    Posted on September 30, 2014 by in All, Natural Wonder, Tokyo
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          When summer comes to an end, color doesn’t fade. From the mountainside to undeveloped pockets of the city, green spaces are year-round exhibits for the changing colors of flowers from autumn to spring. Tachikawa’s Showa Kinen Park is a giant space dedicated to outdoor leisurely activities and a collection of flowers throughout the […]

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  • Hiking Japan’s Nakasendo Trail

    Posted on September 27, 2014 by in Adventure, All
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    When most people visit Japan, they rarely get out of the urban city centers such as Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka. To really understand a country or its culture, I think it’s important to get out and explore the smaller rural areas as well. The Nakasendo trail in Japan’s Kiso Valley is the perfect place to […]

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  • Visit the Famous Snow Monkeys in Jigokudani Monkey Park

    Posted on September 25, 2014 by in All, Nagano, Sightseeing-must see places
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    Jigokudani Monkey Park is becoming increasingly famous as a tourist destination in Japan. Photos of monkeys bathing in hot springs circulate the internet and magazines, so more and more tourists are flocking to Yamanouchi in Nagoya to witness this phenomenon. The name Jigokudani, or “Hell’s Valley”, comes from the steam and boiling water that bubbles […]

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  • Winding Down in Gunma

    Posted on September 23, 2014 by in All, Gunma
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    In the heart of Japan, there is a crane with its wings spread wide.  Can’t find it? Look closer at Gunma prefecture and you will see its outline.  Literally translated as “herd of horses,” Gunma used to be the center of horse breeding. At only 100km away from Tokyo, it only takes about 50 minutes […]

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  • Kansai’s Wakayama Castle

    Posted on September 22, 2014 by in All, Castle, Wakayama
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    In the beautiful city of Wakayama in the Kansai region of Japan, there stands a castle that serves as the symbol of the town. Built upon Mount Torafusu, meaning “tiger leaning on its side”, Wakayama Castle has a fierce foundation that matches the prestige of the castle. The iconic daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi captured the area […]

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