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Ishikawa(Kanazawa)

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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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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Throughout major Japanese cities, such as Shinjuku (Tokyo), or Mito (Ibaraki), a traveler might be surprised to find that smack in the middle of the city, there lie beautiful, hidden gardens, separating nature and wildlife from the bustling city. Such is the case with Kanazawa Kenroku-en, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, alongside Kairaku-en and Kouraku-en. So, what does one of these “isolated” gardens have to...

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