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The Shoryudo is located in the very center of Japan. The Shoryudo offers regional sightseeing routes that provide the best this region has to offer, with themes that include “mountains”, starting with Mt. Fuji, Japan’s most famous mountain; “food and famous sake brands” that are produced by the region’s abundance of clean water; history and traditional cultures shaped by the “samurai”; and “manufacturing” that is the creation and the...

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(Tokyo –> Takasaki –> Minakami –> Yuzawa –> Niigata –> Sado Island –> Tokyo )  10DAYS / 9NIGHTS INTRODUCTION: Located in the northernmost part of Nagano Prefecture, the Hokushin Region is known for winter sports, countless hot springs, the best rice and some of the finest sake produced in Japan. Visitors to the region can also savor some of the freshest seafood available in the country. Trip Highlights: Less than an...

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General Information about Higashi Chaya Machi Higashi Chaya Machi initially flourished as the suburb of the Kanazawa Castle. Its residents were totally immersed in the art of “No’u,” a traditional Japanese folk singing and dancing performance, so much that “No’u” singing would fall from the skies when one walked the streets of Higashi Machi. Eventually, during the Edo Period this rich musical...

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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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General Information About Kanazawa Bukeyashiki Ever wondered what a neighborhood looked like when Samurais ruled Japan? Well, you’re in luck. Kanazawa Bukeyashiki will show you exactly what the streets and neighborhoods looked like during the Japanese feudal period. You don’t need any fancy Samurai armor or swords– just bring your Samurai attitude– to enjoy this quaint experience in the heart of Kanazawa, a...

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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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