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Northern Culture Museum, a part of The Ito Estate, the former home of one of welthiest landowners; the Ito family. “A family, which started out as farmers on the west bank of the great Agano River, which flows across the Kanbara Plain in Echigo, grew richer from farther to son until eventually they build up an enormous fortune and became the greatest landowners in Echigo. The family’s name was Ito. During the Meiji Period,...

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Kanazawa is easier to get to than ever with the new bullet train line. Seisonkaku is more than just an important national cultural asset, it’s a must see site, distinguished with a rich history of the Maeda clan, rulers of the Kaga territories of the Edo period until the Meiji Restoration period. Constructed in 1863, Maeda Nariyasu, the Daimyo of Kaga had this villa created as a retirement home for his mother. To this day, some...

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During your trip to Japan, you’ll find the bustling streets of Tokyo to be both vivacious and exciting, but what if you need a change in pace? Or maybe you just love the traditional and historical experience in Japan. From the historical architecture of the Nagamachi Samurai District to the famous Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa is your great escape from the big city. The Daisetu Suzuki Museum is just another great way to unwind during...

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If you come to the entrance of Kayotei for the first time it is evident that this is a very special Japanese inn. This one of a kind  ryokan is located in the tiny hot spring village of Yamanaka in Ishikawa prefecture. This village remains much the same as it has for hundreds of years. It’s your private mountain villa, has only 10 guest suites and rest in a lush mountain valley. Think of it as your private mountain villa, a...

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Matsumoto castle is located in the Matsumoto city in Nagano Prefecture, where the Winter Olympic was held in 1998. The city is also renowned by a famous orchestra named “Saito Kinen Orchestra” and the home town of its festival. Matsumoto castle is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. In Japan only 4 castles are listed as National Treasure, which are Himeji Castle, Inuyama Castle, Hikone Castle and the Matsumoto Castle. Matsumoto...

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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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