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Plum Blossom Festivals in Japan
Cherry blossoms (sakura) always tend to overshadow plum blossoms (ume), yet many people confuse the two as they’re both equally
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How to Order at Kaitenzushi: Uobei Edition
Kaitenzushi (revolving/conveyor belt sushi) is a popular dining option in Japan, especially among foreign visitors. With prices far lower than
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Chusonji: Iwate’s Most Popular Temple
Chusonji is a famous Buddhist temple and tourist attraction in Iwate Prefecture. A few years back it was finally registered
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Enjoy a Visit to Akita Prefecture!
Have you considered a visit to Akita Prefecture (秋田県) before? Akita Prefecture is located within the Tohoku region in northern
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Preserving Japanese History at Tomioka Silk Mill in Gunma
The Tomioka Silk Mill is located in Gunma Prefecture, about 75 miles from Tokyo. This mill first opened in Japan
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First Cabin Kyoto: Providing New Experiences to Visitors
An interesting part of Japanese culture, capsule hotels have become a fashionable accommodation option for many visitors to Japan. The
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Lockheart Castle: A Piece of European History in Japan
Located two hours drive from Tokyo in the Gunma Prefecture sits Lockheart Castle. This famous castle has been featured in
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Horyuji Temple: The World’s Oldest Wooden Structures
Not far from Nara is a temple complex called Horyuji. If you take the train from Kyoto to Nara, you
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Winter Illuminations Take Over Tokyo Dome
Known as the venue which hosts everything from sporting matches to popular concerts, Tokyo Dome is recognized by most Japanese
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Hokkaido Snow Festival #2 – Feb 4-11, 2015
Feb 4/5:   We left Honolulu for Nagoya and transfer to Hokkaido by Japan Airlines. It was a very long
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Hokkaido’s Beautiful Yuki Matsuri
With Japan’s long shape, it covers a wide range of climates – from the subtropical Okinawan sun to the cold
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Winter Illuminations at Tokyo Dome City
Japan is a country that seems to love illuminations. From the annual Kobe Luminarie, remembering the Great Hanshin Earthquake of
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Celebrating Traditional Lacquerware in Tokyo
The beauty of Japan surrounds us in more ways than we can imagine. From breathtaking landscapes to delicately prepared cuisine,
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Earth Garden Brings Wholesome Goods to Yoyogi
    As the sun set, bringing to a close the weekend of January 16 – 18, it cast a
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‘Ikaho-onsen’ hot spring resort north of Tokyo, the origin of it goes back to the 8th century, features ‘Ishidan’ long
This historical hot spring resort had attracted many well-known writers and artists since the ‘Meiji’ period in the 19th century,
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The late two emperors, born in Tokyo after the relocation of a capital to Tokyo from Kyoto, sleep in the
From the Emperor Jinmu who died in B.C.660 to the Emperor Showa in 1989, there are some 124 ex-emperors, and
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‘Nippon Budokan’ in ‘Kitanomaru Park’, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, was originally built as a judo arena for the Tokyo Olympic Games in
Present Kitanomaru Park located in the old site where the mansions of the ‘Tayasu’ family and ‘Shimizu’ family, stood just
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‘Arima onsen’ in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture – One of Japan’s oldest hot spring resort
Since it is located near Kyoto and Nara, former capitals of Japan before Tokyo, Arima onsen had long been loved
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‘Tsukudo’ Shrine and ‘Yotsugi Inari’ Shrine, flanked by the buildings in Kudan, Tokyo, are typical local shrines with a long
‘Taira-no-Masakado’ in Tokyo reveled against the Emperor in Kyoto in the 10th century, but his attempt was failed and he
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‘Date Masamune’, the first feudal lord of the Sendai domain, was called one-eyed hero as he had lost the sight
Date Masamune, one of the powerful warlords, entered ‘Sekigahara no kassen’ in 1600, the greatest civil war in Japan, on
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Roppongi Nights: Holiday Illuminations Stun Visitors
  Every year during the holidays, Tokyo’s illuminations draw countless locals and visitors alike who come from near and far to enjoy
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Nakameguro Light-Up Boasts Unbelievable Number of Visitors
The Meguro River, specifically the stretch located closest to Nakameguro Station, is an incredibly popular attraction for  couples and families
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An open-air bath, ping-pong table and massage chair are the three status symbols at a traditional hot-spring inn in Japan.
There are some 3,000 hot spring resorts in Japan, which accounts for 10 percent of volcanoes in the world. From
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‘Matsushima’ in the suburbs of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, is one of the Three Great Sights of Japan.
Matsushima is a scenic spot dotted with many small islands, formed by a submerging rias coast. As this sea is
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