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Aloha! Tour Escort William here to report on our tour to the Tohoku region of Japan to enjoy the blooming Sakura Cherry Blossoms. Our tour began with our arrival in Sendai and transferring to our first destination Matsushima, one of Japan’s great Three scenic points. Our first stop was to the Shiogama Fish Market in neighboring Shiogama city. Shiogama is famous for having the most Sushi Restaurants per capita in Japan. We were...

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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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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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Hotoke-ga-Ura

Hotoke-ga-Ura


Posted By on Mar 18, 2016

Situated at Sai on the southern tip of Shimokita’s axe-shaped peninsula is an elegant rock formation known locally as Hotoke-ga-Ura. This nationally designated Natural Monument derives its name from the wind carved cliffs that resemble the stoic supreme Buddha.   Although Aomori is renowned for its snowy landscape, Hotoke-ga-Ura serves as a reminder that northern Japan has beauty to offer all year round. Visitors who wish to see...

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Matsushima Zuiganji

Matsushima Zuiganji


Posted By on Mar 12, 2016

Matsushima Bay is not just one of three most beautiful and iconic views of Japan, but it’s also home to many temples, including Zuiganji.  Originally founded in 828, lord Date Masamune, often known as the “One-Eyed Dragon” had this temple renovated and rebuilt, using lumber Mt. Kumano, and expert craftsmen from Kyoto and Kii. The first thing you’ll notice is the masterfully crafted building consisting of...

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Okunoshima is an island once used as a fishing village, hidden in plain sight and selected for its defensive location by the Japanese military; it has since been re-purposed, but is a great site for sight seeing, as it has a beautiful landscape, view, tons of rabbits, and urban decay.  So what is it like going to Okunoshima? See what Chris from You Should Visit Japan has to say below! When 日本人 in America ask me where I have been in...

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