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During the Edo period of Japan, Ouchijuku was no more than a small post station; it has since then been a well preserved village mostly untouched by time. Located in the Shimogo, Fukushima, Ouchijuku is a historically preserved district that shows us a glimpse back in time to the Old World Japan. The thatched roofs of the village houses in this modest town are mostly made of dried straw. These settlements were known as a central hub...

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Matsushima Zuiganji

Matsushima Zuiganji


Posted By on Mar 12, 2017

Matsushima Bay is not just one of three most beautiful and iconic views of Japan, but it’s also home to many temples, including Zuiganji.  Originally founded in 828, lord Date Masamune, often known as the “One-Eyed Dragon” had this temple renovated and rebuilt, using lumber Mt. Kumano, and expert craftsmen from Kyoto and Kii. The first thing you’ll notice is the masterfully crafted building consisting of...

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Like many other locations in Japan (especially Kyoto), Kakunodate is a relic of Old World Japan from the Edo era. During the Edo era, Kakunodate was bustling with samurai and merchants, and is still home to some of the best remaining examples of samurai architecture in Japan. If you ever dreamed of walking the streets of the Samurai, look no further—this is your place. Located in the Akita prefecture of Tohoku, Kakunodate is the...

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Hiraizumi Chusonji 2016 is a commemorative year for Chusonji Temple and Hiraizumi; it has been nearly 5 years since this location was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established by the Fujiwara clan, rulers of northern Japan during the Heian Period (794 – 1185), Hiraizumi is Tohoku’s first World Heritage Site. Before the establishment of Chusonji Temple, there is no historical or archaeological evidence of...

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Day 1   Honolulu – Narita Our departure was smooth both at the China Airlines check-in and the security check point despite it being the busy summer vacation season.  It took some extra effort for a few of us to get our preferred seat assignment, but we all got the seats of our choice.   Day 2  Narita – Shinagawa Immigration at Narita Airport was also smooth and the traffic from Narita Airport to Shinagawa Prince...

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Mt Hakkoda

Mt Hakkoda


Posted By on Jul 9, 2016

  Aomori’s “Snow Monsters” come to life during the infamous Tsugaru winter on Mt. Hakkoda. Although they are concentrated far atop the summit, visitors can gracefully ascend up the mountain on a local gondola lift known as the Hakkoda Ropeway.   The world’s largest gondola lift manufacturer, a division of Austrian-Swiss Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, built the Hakkoda Ropeway in 2003. The main terminal is located at the base of...

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