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“What If…” Many great art in the world is created by asking that simple question… JTB and the World Heritage Theater (WHT) did just that by asking this question: {WHAT IF… Nikko Toshogu and Kabuki collaborated to create a special performance stage?} And what did they end up with? They created an immortal performance that will remain cherished in the audience’s memories forever.   General...

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Nikko is the mountain city located in the Tochigi prefecture of Japan, approximately 85 miles north of Tokyo. There are many things that make Nikko a popular sightseeing destination for both local and international tourists alike.  It can be visited as a day-trip from Tokyo, but there is also enough to see to make a few days stay out of it. While the city’s name directly translates to “sunlight,” the locals prefer to call it “natural...

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Today I’d like to introduce you “three monkeys” in Nikko Toshogu. Nikko Toshogu, located in Nikko of Tochigi prefecture, was founded for the mausoleum of Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa shogun, completed it in 1636. By visiting here,  you can enjoy not only the Toshogu, but also Rinnoji, Taiyuinbyo, Futarasan shrine, Nemuri Neko, and Ieyasu’s tomb. (Additional admission fees may be required...

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Today is about “Nasu Teddy Bear Museum” in Tochigi prefecture. In Tochigi, there are many sightseeing spots like Nikko Toshogu, Onsen area, and museums. The teddy bear museum is one of the famous sightseeing places. It exhibits lovely teddy bears, by more than 100 bear artists from all over the world. Since I was a child, I was eager to visit the museum because I am a big fan of a teddy bear. This year, the day has finally came, and I...

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“Tokugawa Ieyasu”, de facto ruler of Japan early in the 17th century, was pulling the strings behind the scenes in Sunpu Castle in Shizuoka City after handing over the reigns of power to his son “Hidetada”, the second shogun.  He passed away in 1616 and was buried immediately on the top of a hill called “Kunosan” in accordance with his dying wish. The first picture shows his grave there. After that,...

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Although there are around 10,000 railway stations in Japan, few old station buildings of original shape can be found in that most station buildings were made of wood.  From the view point of architectural value, Hamadera-koen Station in Sakai City, Osaka, and Nikko Station in Tochigi Prefecture are well known, however Moji-ko Station in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, as shown in the first picture, is regarded as the best in...

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