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Nagano(Matsumoto)

Built in the early 16th century, Matsumoto Castle is one of only a handful of original castles left today in Japan. For an original castle, it is also considered one of the most complete. Located near Nagano, Matsumoto Castle is unique in a few ways. The first way is that it was built on a plain rather than up on a hill or mountain like most castles. It is also unique for having a second donjon, or inner keep, and a turret adjoining...

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Almost everyone around the world knows about Mount Fuji, Japan’s sacred, and not too mention highest mountain as well as highest volcano. Many people however have not heard of Mount Ontake. Mount Ontake is the second highest volcano in Japan at an impressive 3,067 meters tall. The mountain also has a deep religious history and is covered in many Buddhist temples and monuments, as well as Shinto shrines. Located in Nagano Prefecture...

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Herb Gardening in Rural Japan

Herb Gardening in Rural Japan


Posted By on May 1, 2014

There is nothing like an escape to the countryside to recharge from city life. Luckily, most regions of Japan are only a form of public transportation away from reach. Each area of the country is known for a specialty. Nagano’s apples are loved throughout the country. Hokuriku area is praised for its rice. Hokkaido’s dairy products are the best in the country. Every region has something special to offer. Ishikawa Prefecture in...

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Nozawa Onsen, Snow White Nagano


Posted By on Feb 5, 2014

Nagano(長野) is located in the center of Japan. And is famous for 1998 Nagano winter Olympics and other winter sports events. There are many ski resorts and onsen(hot spring) in Nagano area. And it is obviously very popular among all the winter sports manias. Everywhere you go, you will see the mountain covered with snow surrounding you which is pretty amazing. It almost make you feel like you are looking at a...

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INAKAYA Soba Restaurant is located just 5 minutes walk from Hotaka Station. Hotaka Station is about 30 minutes train ride  from Matsumoto City by Oito lines. INAKAYA is in original Japanese Old House set up,  we will see many like this around Azumino area. Enter from sliding shoji door which is very low, so please be careful not hitting your head. But it is very open inside, ceiling is 3 stories high. Special menu at INAKAYA is...

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KURA or sometimes called DOZO is a traditional Japanese store house built from timber, stone or clay used to safely store valuable commodities. It is protected by 3 tier of very thick doors looks like Bank’s Safe door. There are two more sliding doors inside. It is not only interesting to see very well maintained KURA, but also great experience eating inside of KURA. KURA Sushi-Ei is a popular lunch place for office workers who...

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