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Japanese Culture

This is an ultimate Golden Route tour to travel around vibrant Tokyo, relaxing hot spring resort Hakone, cultural Kyoto, Hiroshima filled with peace and hope, and energetic Osaka. The tour will give you the special experience by staying in luxury accommodation, joining traditional cultural programs, and traveling with your fellows! The highlight of this tour is the special visit to Myoshinji Temple in Kyoto where you enjoy Buddhist...

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Day1: Mar 14 (Thu)  Departure from Honolulu We checked in at the ANA counter.   Everyone was on time and it was a smooth check-in. Our 8 hr 10 min flight was on time!   Lunch was served 1hr 30 min after departure.  We had a choice of Seafood Tempura or Chicken Curry. Sandwich and yogurt was served 2 hrs prior to landing in Narita airport. Day2: Mar 15 (Fri) Arrival Narita airport & Naha Airport Upon arrival in Narita airport, we...

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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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