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Fushimi Inari Taisha has become one of the most visited and reviewed shrines in Japan. Situated in Kyoto, the shrine was founded in 711 during the Nara Period, being one of the oldest shinto shrines in Japan. Fushimi Inari plays a key role as the headquarter of the 40,000 Inari shrines scattered across Japan. Inari is “the god of rice” and represents “success and prosperity in business.” Therefore many...

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Day 1-2: A total of 15 of us left Honolulu for Tokyo, a cosmopolitan city of about 13.6 million people in Japan. Although we arrived late at night, some people still had energy to explore the area closed to the hotel in Shinjuku. Day 3: After a sumptuous breakfast, we were all ready to explore the city. We first headed for Tokyo Tower, lead by our bilingual guide, Kimiko. The weather was cloudy but we could see the massive expansion...

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Day 1&2:  A total of 21 people met at Honolulu Airport around 10:30 am.  The airport was unbelievably busy with so many tourists going to places during Spring Break.  After extra long lines at the JAL check-in counter and the security check point, we could finally reach inside the airport around 12:30 pm.  After about 9 hours of a long flight to Kansai Airport, we encountered another long line at the immigration in Osaka. It took...

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Day 1/2 Honolulu – Kansai Airport We arrived at the Kansai Airport smoothly and the line at Immigration wasn’t long at all for a change. We met our English tour guide, Makoto Fukuda, at the arrival exit.  He would be our guide till we get to Tokyo on Day 9.  Since we arrived in Kyoto around 8pm, most of us were able to eat at restaurants near Kyoto Station or Aeon Mall.  Great start!   Day 3  Kyoto – Arashiyama...

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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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Day 1/2  Honolulu – Kansai Airport – Kyoto Our tour started smoothly.  Honolulu Airport TSA line wasn’t too long and both of our flights, JAL and Hawaiian departed on time. At the Kansai Airport, long line at the Immigration counter. 1 hour!  On top of that JAL had arrived about 30 min. earlier than Hawaiian so it was the long wait for JAL using members. Thank you for your patience.   Day 3  Kyoto –...

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