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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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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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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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Like many other locations in Japan (especially Kyoto), Kakunodate is a relic of Old World Japan from the Edo era. During the Edo era, Kakunodate was bustling with samurai and merchants, and is still home to some of the best remaining examples of samurai architecture in Japan. If you ever dreamed of walking the streets of the Samurai, look no further—this is your place. Located in the Akita prefecture of Tohoku, Kakunodate is the...

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