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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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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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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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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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