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  Seven stars cruise train in Kyushu Japan called “Nanatsuboshi” now available exclusively by JTB The “Seven Stars in Kyushu” luxury train sets a new standard for train travel in Japan. With the rooms limited to a total of 14 suites, the train is a luxurious travelling hotel, coasting through the countryside of Japan’s southern island of Kyushu. This is a true “Cruise train”, offering the ultimate in comfort and...

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Located in Oita Prefecture, Nakatsu City might not be your typical tourist spot, but it’s a great castle town to explore with a very nice castle. The castle is located within walking distance from the main station, and on the way you’ll pass through a “tera-machi”, which is an area with many temples located in a short distance from one another. Majority of these types of temples will typically be small, local...

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(Day 1 & 2) Honolulu – Fukuoka Despite the typhoon approaching on its way to Japan, we didn’t have much turbulence also no rain in Fukuoka. Yay!! First meal in Fukuoka – tonkotsu ramen (pork base soup).   (Day 3) Fukuoka – Imari – Arita – Nagasaki We are in Saga pref. today and visit Imari and Arita town where it’s known for porcelain. As I get older I find myself admire and...

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                    ‘Tennen-ji’, one of the most important Buddhist temples in the Kunisaki Peninsula, was built in the 8th century.  Being suitable to the vintage temple, the old Buddhist image designated as an important cultural asset is enshrined here.   There are many unusually shaped large rocks and cliffs in this vicinity, as known for the scenic beauty. As shown in...

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Born of an aristocrat in Spain, Francisco Xavier established the Society of Jesus in Paris in 1534.  The Society of Jesus, which was organized for the propagation of the Christian religion into the world, was engaged in the missionary work particularly in Asian countries, based in Goa, India. Francisco Xavier visited Japan in 1549 and stayed here for two years, since he was very interested in Japanese culture.  He heard about Japan...

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  “Kumano-Magaibutsu” can be found in Kunisaki Peninsula, where a unique Buddhist culture prospered, incorporating Shintoism of nearby Usa Shrine, from the Nara period to Heian Period. Climbing up the steep stone steps, as shown in the second picture, for about 15 minutes leads to these old Buddhist figures, “Fudo-myo-o”, 8 meters high on the left and “Dainichi-nyorai”, 6 meters high on the...

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