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We have created “Must see places in Japan”  Top 40 lists. Here is No.1 through No.10. No.1 Fushimi Inari, Kyoto No.2 Kanazawa, Ishikawa No.3 Todaiji Temple, Nara No.4 Asakusa Sensoji, Tokyo No.5 Mr. Fuji, Shizuoka and Yamanashi No.6 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima No.7 Shirakawago, Gifu No.8 Miyajima, Hiroshima No.9 Takayama, Gifu No.10 Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo Let’s find out No.11 trought No. 40....

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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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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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Since it is located near Kyoto and Nara, former capitals of Japan before Tokyo, Arima onsen had long been loved by the Imperial family, nobility and cultured people. From the description in the 8th century, down to the reference in the ‘Pillow Book’ written by ‘Sei Shonagon’ in the 11th century, then ‘Toyotomi Hideyoshi’, the de facto ruler of the day, frequented here in the 16th century to develop...

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There were once around 5,000 castles all across Japan, but today there are sadly only around 50 left. While many are very spread out from each other, it can be hard to decide which ones to visit. Here are 10 of the must-visit Japanese castles. 1. Himeji castle Not only is Himeji a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it’s a listed National Treasure of Japan. It is Japan’s most complete, and most stunning castle. Because of...

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When most people think of visiting castles in Kansai, Nijo-jo, Oskaa-jo and of course, Himeji-jo are often the first three to come to mind. Apart from these main three, Hyogo Prefecture actually has a lot of great castles to visit, many of which are not often frequented by tourists. However one castle that’s becoming more and more famous in recent years is Takeda Castle (竹田城). In the press this castle is often nicknamed...

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