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General Information About Shirakawago AND Gokashomura Nobody really knows how these villages started, or who started them. But one thing is for certain: the architecture of the village homes is so unique and unseen anywhere else in the world, that the villages themselves have been designated as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.   The villages are located in between mountains, and they feature a certain type of homes called...

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General Information About Hida Takayama What did Japan look like during the Edo Period? Well, luckily you don’t have to go to a boring history museum to find out– you have Hida Takayama, a place where historians will assure you is one the the most preserved places in Japan when it comes to Edo city life. The town flourished as a bustling city after the construction of the Takayama Castle during the early Edo Period, which...

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Apple Season in Nagano

Apple Season in Nagano


Posted By on Nov 3, 2015

From the United States to Japan, many people associate certain foods with autumn. As autumn begins, persimmons come to supermarkets and restaurant dishes throughout Japan. In the US, people look forward to pumpkin-flavored cakes, cookies, drinks and everything in between. Apples, it seems, are a shared interest among many countries. While convenience stores and grocery stores make it easy to purchase apples for cooking or enjoying as...

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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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Three Reasons to Visit: Yamanashi

Three Reasons to Visit: Yamanashi


Posted By on Oct 17, 2015

Yamanashi prefecture, some 120 km from Tokyo, is known for its traditional foods, fruit picking, and wineries. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji while eating delicious, high-quality foods year-long. With the convenience of trains, it’s easy to take a short trip out to Yamanashi to relax and enjoy fresh produce.   1. Fruit Known for its bounty of seasonal fruit, Yamanashi is the prefecture to visit year round...

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Three Reasons to Visit Niigata

Three Reasons to Visit Niigata


Posted By on Sep 28, 2015

Located north of Nagano about 4 hours driving from Tokyo, Niigata is a calm, beautiful prefecture that is often overlooked by international visitors. Why visit Niigata? Here are three reasons why Niigata is a great addition to your Japan itinerary. 1. Sado Island Sado Island, about an hour by ferry from Niigata City, is an adventure in itself. From the gold mines to the fresh food, Sado Island is a small treasure. Renting a car is a...

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