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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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Not far from Nara is a temple complex called Horyuji. If you take the train from Kyoto to Nara, you probably would have noticed it if you were looking out the window, as it comes up out of nowhere. Located almost in the middle of nowhere, you’d need to plan a special trip to visit this temple, and you should. The temple complex holds some of Japan’s most important national treasures in the form of architecture, sculptures and...

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Located in Yamatokoriyama City, Nara Prefecture is Koriyama Castle (郡山城). The origins of this castle date back to 1162! in 1580 Tsutsui Junkei and Oda Nobunaga built what became Koriyama Castle by strengthening a smaller fort. Toyotomi Hidenaga later became the lord of Koriyama Castle and added several new structures to the castle. At the time, there weren’t enough stones to build the castle wall, so Hidenaga used stones from...

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KYOTO & TOKYO SPRING BREAK TOUR (Kyoto, Nara, Hakone, and Tokyo) March 22- 29, 2014 Day One & Two First two days were dedicated to flying from Honolulu to Narita, then from Narita to Itami, then lastly from Itami to Kyoto. After arriving safely in Kyoto around midnight, we checked into New Miyako Hotel Main Tower and called it a night.           Day Three: Kyoto After a good breakfast we got together...

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Nara is a beautiful city, often overlooked by travelers. It is famous for it’s many temples that are all recognized as World Heritage Sites, and of course for their sacred deer (shika) that roam freely on the temple grounds. Most of the deer are roaming about in Nara Park, one of Nara’s most popular attractions. There are almost 1,500 deer in Nara, which have become an icon of the city. The deer of Nara were considered...

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Todaiji (東大寺) is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant Buddhist temples, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Nara, the original structure was completed in 752 as the provincial head of all Buddhist temples. The temple grew to have significant power and influence over the government shortly after this time, so in 784 the capital of Japan was changed to Nara. As you head towards Todaiji,...

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