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Day1:  Jan 17, 2019 Departure from Honolulu We checked in at the Philippine Airlines counter, which had a dedicated line for our group.  The airline provided us with a “gold line” at TSA, which made our inspection so much faster. The flight (PR#101) was 10hr45min nonstop to Manila. We were served with two hot main meals and a snack with a choice of pork barbecue or kung pao chicken and pancit & pork or beef lasagna. We enjoyed our...

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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, 2017

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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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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Resting in the holy mountain island of Miyajima the Daishoin Temple is just at the base of the mountain, surrounded by beautiful trees. Miyajima Island is most well-known for UNESCO World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shrine and the “Floating” Torii Gates, which appear to float in the water during high tide. Daishoin Temple is a hidden gem in the emerald green sea of maple trees. This quaint shrine was established in 806, the first year...

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Temples are one of the most recognizable and ubiquitous sites in Japan, but did you know that big temple complexes have smaller sub-temples?  Just as you’d guess, a sub-temple is a smaller temple on a larger temple ground. In fact, some temple complexes do not have a main temple, but rather are a group of sub-temples on temple grounds. This is actually quite common for many of the larger temples, such as Daitoku-ji Temple....

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