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Kansai(Kyoto, Osaka)

Yep, you heard right– Himeji Castle is the BIGGEST Samurai Castle in the world… Which means it’s the BIGGEST Castle in Japan! This castle is rich with history– after its initial creation, it has been remodeled, rebuilt, and reconstructed a myriad of times by various rulers and owners. General Information About Himeji Castle Dubbed as the “White Heron Castle” because of the resemblance to a flying...

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One Day in: Kyoto

One Day in: Kyoto


Posted By on Aug 19, 2015

24 hours on the clock. Destination: Kyoto. This mission is actually impossible, but we’ve provided a guide to make the most of your 24 hours in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With so many temples, shrines, galleries and attractions to see, 24 hours will leave you barely satisfied, hungry for more. Much, much more. Starting from Kyoto Station, head to Kiyomizu Temple area by bus. Buses are clearly marked and most...

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Thirty-four old houses in Western-style and seven in Japanese-style are well preserved in this area, which is designated as Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings by the Japanese government. Japan, which opened five ports including Kobe to start the trade with Western countries at the inception of modernization in the middle of the 19th century. In concert with this, many Western business men were settled...

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Kiikatsuura: Small Town Pleasantries

Kiikatsuura: Small Town Pleasantries


Posted By on Jun 3, 2015

Descending the stairs from Kiikatsuura Station in Wakayama, visitors are immediately taken back in time to slow life in seaside Japan. Near the exit, a footbath awaits those with time to kill before the next train – which in small-town Japan is often every hour or so – and the bus station beckons from across the rotunda. At any time of day, there is a silent buzz of life though residents are far and few. Small coastal towns like...

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Kyoto: What to Buy

Kyoto: What to Buy


Posted By on Jun 1, 2015

Kyoto is all about the green tea products, kimono, and Chirimen handicrafts.   Uji, Kyoto was one of the first places in Japan to take part in tea cultivation. At that time it became highly regarded as the drink of the nobles, which is how its popularity began spreading. Today, Uji’s tea is still considered to be of the highest quality in Japan. A tin of matcha, powdered tea, is easy to bring back to your home country as...

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Osaka for Runners: An Exercise Guide

Osaka for Runners: An Exercise Guide


Posted By on May 20, 2015

  On a Saturday morning before the rush of day begins, the streets of Osaka in Higobashi area are quiet and uncrowded.  For runners and those who love morning strolls, it is the perfect window in which to explore the city on foot. Along the river, trails are conveniently laid out to provide a scenic route to pedestrians, joggers, and dog walkers alike.     There are many things to see in the area while on foot....

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