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Gifu(Takayama)

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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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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 Day1/2  Nagoya We arrived all together in Chubu Centrair Airport safely . After checking in at the Comfort Hotel,  we took off to eat and wander in Skytown at the airport. It’s compact but there are over 60 shops and restaurants to visit. Some of us tried Nagoya’s local favorite Miso Katsu, Pork Cutlet with Red Miso Sauce. Yum!     Day3  Nagoya-Gujo Hachiman-Takayama The sky is gray and drizzling a little but...

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Said to be one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan, the Sanno or Takayama Matsuri is held each April. The festival is located in Takayama, a rather unassuming town near Kanazawa. The festival uses floats, called yatai, made from centuries-old structures that have been decorated with silk, lacquer and carvings. Because of the delicacy of the yatai, the festival can only take place when the weather is good in order to protect these...

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