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Tokyo

Shinjuku

Shinjuku
Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards of Tokyo, but the name commonly refers just to the large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. Handling more than two million passengers each day, Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railway station, served by six railway companies and about a dozen railway and subway lines, including the JR Yamanote Line. West of the station is Shinjuku' skyscraper district, home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings, including several premier hotels and the Metropolitan Government Office, whose observation decks are open to the public for free.

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market is dubbed for The Tokyo Central Wholesale Market. In terms of floor area and sales volume, it con be the largest market on earth, providing the millions of residents of the city with fresh produce including vegetables, meat and fish. In particular, the market is most famous for fresh fish, for having a history dating back to five hundred years. A tour allows you to feel its hubbub after ended early morning auction and to visit numerous retail shops in the outer market next to the inner market.

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum show s how the 15th century village of Edo grew to be Tokyo. It was established in 1993, and tell the story of remarkable growth through life-size replicas and detailed scale models. There are a life size reconstruction of Edo Castle and Nihonbashi Bridge. Its futuristic building was designed after and elevated-floor type warehouse. It rises 62.2m, the same high of the top tower of Edo Castle. It ah a total area of about 30,000m2, 2.4 times larger than Tokyo Dome.

Akihabara

Akihabara
Akihabara is the name for area around Akihabara Station in downtown Tokyo. Area famous for handling diverse kinds of electrical devices, has recently come to be known worldwide as "Akiba," locus for anime, costume play, and other Japanese subcultures. Maid cafe's where costumed women serve customers have also become well known.

Imperial Palace Plaza

Imperial Palace Plaza
Imperial Palace Plaza comprises the moats and spacious plaza between the east side of the Imperial Palace & the marunouch8i Office buildings. On the other side of the road through the middle of the plaza stretches a lawn with pine groves. On the north side of the plaza stands a fountain commemorating the marriage of the Emperor and Empress. The the south is a bonze of Kusunoki Masashige, 14th century samurai loyal to the emperor.

Harajuku

Harajuku
Shops, cafes and restaurants for all ages are found along Omotesando, a broad, tree lined avenue, sometimes referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. Omotesando Hills, a recently opened shopping complex along the avenue, has been attracting particularly lots of attention. However, Harajuku is not only about teenage culture and shopping. Meiji Shrine, one of Tokyo's major shrines, is located just west of the railway tracks in a large green oasis shared with Yoyogi Park, a spacious public park. Beautiful ukiyo-e paintings are exhibited in the small Ota Memorial Museum of Art.

Nakamise Shopping Street

Nakamise Shopping Street
Asakusa & Nakamise Shopping Street is a 300m approach to Sensoji temple, and is one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan. The arcade dates back to the late 17th century, when local people were granted the special right to open shops along the approach to the temple. Their shop sold toys, sweets, snacks and souvenirs. The shopping street was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and also in the ire raids of 1945. Today's shops sell traditional knickknacks, rice crackers, and festival foods.
Kyoto

Gekkeikan Okura Show, Nijo Castle

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The Gekkeikan Okura Show, Nijo Castle introduces you to the facinating history of sake brewing with its nostalgic buildings, tasting experience, and valuable collection of traditional brewing tools. From among the 6,120 brewing tools designated by Kyoto City as folk craft cultural assets, some of the most representative items used in the various stages of the brewing process are on display here. While enjoying the exhibits, you can hear recordings of traditional sake brewing songs sung by brewers of bygone days. Here is faithfully reproduced the atmosphere of an old sake brewery.

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo government. Main court was burnt down in 1788 so only Second court is the original part. The present Main court was built in 1827 modeling after one which stood in the grounds of Kyoto Imperial Palace. The castle has many cultural treasures including Chinese Gate and Second Court buildings dating from Momoyama Era (16th Century), and is designated a national treasure for its splendid architecture and interior decoration.

Gion

Gion
Gion includes 2 spots on the tour. Gion Ancient Capital Conservation District covers the area from Yoshiima Japanese inn to Gion Corner, linked by a narrow pathway lined with traditional building including tea houses on the both sides. Gion Corner was established in 1962 and has been popular among international tourists because you can learn and enjoy an overview of Japanese traditional arts including puppet plays and comic plays. On the first floor, there is a Maiko Gallery exhibiting interesting items associated with maiko.

Golden Pavilion

Golden Pavilion
Golden Pavilion is located ant he foot of Kinugasa hill. It is a famous structure of Muromachi period (14 - 16 Century). It was originally designed as the villa of a court noble. The second owner, Yoshimitsu Ashikaga, the 3rd shogun, greatly improved it and spend the latter part of his life there in retirement from the cares of stare. He built the Golden Pavilion and laid our the garden in 1394. his will was followed by his son as successor to change the villa into a Buddhist temple under the name of Rokuonji. It was burned down i 1950 and reconstructed in 1955.

Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu Temple
Kiyomizu Temple is noted for its main Hall on the cliff top with a broad wooden veranda and a panoramic view of Kyoto city. The veranda is supported on a scaffold of wood towering on a wooded hillside, so the veranda seems to hang in midair. The valley is so deep that there has been the expression "jumping from the veranda of Kiyomizu temple," which means doing something daring. The present temple building was built in 1633, and its main hall has been designated as a national treasure.

Kodaiji Temple

Kodaiji Temple
Kodaiji is one of the many outstanding temples in Kyoto's Higashiyama district. It was constructed in 1605 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi by the great political leader's wife. Besides fine temple halls, Kodaiji features a small bamboo grove and a landscape garden with tea houses, designed by leading, contemporary masters. Beautiful, Zen style illumination shows are held in Kodaiji's garden during certain times of the year.

Tea Ceremony (Taihoan)

Tea Ceremony
Tea Ceremony is a custom in which guests are invited to a special room and served powdered green tea. It is a highly developed art form with a strict code of etiquette, and it combines the ideal of Zen Buddhism with the uniquely Japanese concept of "wabi." The tea room is surrounded by greenery, where you can enjoy powdered green tea and a Japanese sweet.

Gion Festival)

Gion Festival
Gion Festival, the festival of Yasaka Shrine, is the most famous festival in Japan. It takes place over the entire month of July. There are many different events, but two are particularly renowned: the Yamaboko Junko, a procession of floats on 17 July ; and Yoiyama, the festive evenings preceding the procession.
Hakone

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji is 3,776m high above the sea level, the highest and most popular mountain in Japan, and considered as one of the most beautiful conical volcanoes in the world. The base of Mt. Fuji, forming an almost perfect circle, stretches 35 to 40 km from east to west and the same distance from north to south. The volcano has not been active for more than 250 years. You can go up to 5th station of Mt. Fuji by bus.

Hakone Ropeway & Owakudani

Hakone Ropeway & Owakudani
Hakone Ropeway & Owakudani Ropeway start from near the Ashi Lake, and it takes about 30min to go to the other side station. The highest point is over 1000m sea level, and we can see the beautiful scenery of Mr. Fuji. Owakudani, one of the station of ropeway, is famous spa spot and many tourists visit throughout the year.

Cruise on Lake Ashi

Cruise on Lake Ashi
Cruise on Lake Ashi gives cruising around beautiful Lake Ashi, typical calderas lake formed between the outer crater ridge and inner volcanoes. At the northern end of the lake, there is an outlet called Hayakawa River running though Miyanoshita. The lake abounds in fish such as black bass and rainbow trout. It is ideal place for angling and boating. Lake Ashi is also well known for the inverted reflection of Mt. Fuji over the water which is seen on clear days.
Mie

Iga Ninjya Museum

Iga Ninjya Museum
The small but excellent Iga Ninja Museum consists of a ninja residence with revolving walls, trap doors and hidden compartments, exhibition halls displaying ninja tools, gadgets and weapons and a demonstration zone with spectacular shows featuring ninja skills and real weapons.
Nara

Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple
Todaiji Temple was completed in 752 with one of the largest bronze statues in the world. it has an imposing gate supported by eighteen 25m high pillares Blown down by a typhoon in 962, the gate was re-built in 1199. its exterior niches has two 8m wooden figures of Deva Kings, guardians of Buddhism. Great Buddha is national Treasure. The statue measures 16.2m in height and has a face 4.8m long and 3m wide; eyes 1.2m wide; a nose 48cm high. The material used are estimated 437 tons of bronze, 75kg of mercury, 130kg of pure gold and other materials.

Nara Park

Nara Park
Nara Park is popularly called the "Deer Park" by visitors because of its many deer. It is a natural woodland of fine turf and has various kinds of trees including Japanese cedar, Wisteria, Japanese andromeda, Japanese yew trees. There are about 1,100 tame deer roaming about the park. they are regarded as divine messengers of the Kasuga Shrine and are one of the main attractions.
Hiroshima

Peace Memorial Park / A-Bomb Dome

Peace Memorial Park / A-Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park / A-Bomb Dome was built by Hiroshima, the first city to suffer an atomic bombing, to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace. Of particular note are the Peace Memorial Museum, the Memorial Cenotaph and the Flame of Peace. Ruins of the Industrial Promotion Hall have been preserved , just as when it was bombed, to be a reminder of the tragedy, It is popularly called the A-Bomb Dome. In December 1996, the A-Bomb Dome was registered as World Cultural Heritage.

Miyajima Island / Itsukushima Shrine

Miyajima Island / Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima Island / Itsukushima Shrine is in the Island Sea and the home of Itsukushima Shrine built in 593 with its famed floating torii gate. Taira no Kiyomori, tragic warlord of the late heian Period (12th Century), funded the remodeling of the main building in the shinden-zukuri style. Its corridor, with beautiful vermilion hand rails, stretches into the calm Inland Sea. the torii rises 16m above sea. Its columns are made of camphor, 10m in circumference, and supported by parts of small pillars, and buried in the seabed. The present torii dates from 1875. It was designated as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996.
Nagasaki

Glover Garden

Glover Garden
Glover Garden is a nagasaki hillside residence where merchant Thomas Blake Glover lived at end of Edo era. It is Japan's oldest wooden, western-style building.

Oura Catholic Church

Oura Catholic Church
Oura Catholic Church (Oura Tenshudo) is the Nagasaki's oldest Catholic church, designed by French priest at end of Edo period and completed during early meiji era. Only western-style structure to be listed as national treasure.

Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park

Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park
Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park built around site of epicenter of blast from atomic bomb dropped on nagasaki on 09 August, 1945. Park contains commemorative tablet marking site of detonation, cross-section of ground that conveys horror of blast, peace stature that serves as expression of hopes for world peace, and museum with materials about atomic bomb.
Kumamoto

Mt. Aso

Mt. Aso
Mt. Aso is an active volcano located in southern Kumamoto Prefecture with one of world's largest calderas and sommas. It is a symbol of Kumamoto Prefecture, which is called "Land of Fire"
Oita

Beppu Tour of Hell

Beppu Tour of Hell
The Tour of Hell along a path in the Kannawa area is the highlight of the sightseeing in the Beppu spa. From the eight famous spots, we will visit three: the Sea Hell made up of bright cobalt blue hot water, the Blood Pond Hell where hot water containing red melted clay gushes out, and the Tornado Hell, a fiery geyser that erupts every 20 minutes.
Ehime

Dogo Onsen

Dogo Onsen
Dogo Onsen is one of Japan's oldest and most famous hot springs, located to the east of central Matsuyama. The area is popular with tourists for its beautiful bath house and many ryokan. Dogo Onsen has also been a frequent destination for Japan's most prestigious guests, the imperial family. The main attraction in Dogo Onsen is the Dogo Onsen Honkan, a Meiji Period wooden public bathhouse, dating from 1894. The interior of the building is a maze of stairways, passages and rooms, all of which bustle with bathers and staff. It is said to have served as inspiration for Miyazaki's popular animated film "Spirited Away".

Ishiteji Temple

Ishiteji Temple
Ishiteji, literally meaning "stone hand temple" due to a local legend, is number 51 of the 88 temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is also Matsuyama's most famous temple, located near Dogo Onsen. Pilgrims dressed in white are a frequent sight at this large temple to the northeast of Matsuyama's city center. The sprawling temple grounds boast several different halls, a three-storied pagoda, along with various statures and small buildings on its grounds. A treasure house displays some of the temple's most important artifacts.
Kagawa

Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden is a landscape garden in Takamatsu City, built by the local feudal lords during the early Edo Period. Considered one of the best gardens in Japan, it is often suggested that Ritsurin Koen deserves a spot on the list of the "three most beautiful gardens of Japan" alongside Kanazawa's Kenrokuen, Mito's Kairakuen, and Okayama's Korakuen. The spacious park features many ponds, hills, historic trees and beautiful pavilions divided into a Japanese style garden in the south and western style garden in the north. The gardens are set in front of wooded Mt. Shiun which serves as a wonderful background and great example of borrowed scenery.
Tokushima

Naruto Uzushio Whirlpool

Naruto Uzushio Whirlpool
The Naruto whirlpools occur on the Shikoku side of the Naruto Straight, and are created by the large volumes of water moving between the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean between high and low tide, combined with the unique underwater geography of the narrow straight. According to the change of tides, the whirlpools occur roughly every six hours and can typically be seen once in the morning and once in the afternoon for an hour or two. The whirlpools vary in size, depending on the intensity of the tides. They tend to be larger in summer than in winter, and are largest during spring tides, which occur every two weeks. If all factors play together favorably, whirlpools of up to 20 meters in diameters can be observed. On the other hand, there is not much to see on calm days or outside of the peak times. Therefore, it is of great importance to check the whirlpool schedules before making a visit to Naruto.
Gifu

Takayama festivals

Takayama festivals
Even though the Takayama festivals origin is unknown, it is said that they were first celebrated between 1586 and 1692 when the Kanamori family governed the Hida Takayama area. The spring festival is associated with Hie Shrine and the autumn with Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Both are much alike and feature a parade of large floats (yatai) decorated with thick curtains, lacquer ware, and mechanical dolls (karakuri). Twelve floats appear in the spring festival and eleven in autumn. The procession carrying the portable shrine (mikoshi) is unique to the autumn.

Takayama Morning Market

Takayama Morning Market
There are two morning marketers in Takayama; the one in front of Takayama Shrine and another along the Miyagawa River. Morning Market originates from mulberry tree market in early Edo era. Here, you can find local fresh vegetables, fruits, mountain vegetables, thorough which you can enjoy delicacies of four seasons of Takayama. The market are open from early morning to noon every day all through the year.

Takayama Old-town

Takayama Old-town
Takayama's old town has been beautifully preserved, with many buildings and whole streets of houses dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868), when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants. The southern half of the old town, especially the Sannomachi Street, survives in a particularly pretty state with many old homes, shops, coffee houses and sake breweries, some of which have been in business for centuries.

Shirakawago Gassho-zukuri

Shirakawago Gassho-zukuri
Shirakawago Gassho-zukuri features houses built in the "Gassho-zukuri" style with steep thatched roof to prevent snow from accumulating.

Gassho-zukuri Folklore Park : To see how rural people lived in centuries past, visit this open-air museum with gassho-zukuri houses and sheds filled with tools of everyday life. It also serve as an artist colony, with artisans engaged in such traditional handicrafts as woodworking, pottery, weaving, ink drawing and straw basket & hat making, placing their products for sale on-site. The buildings are picturesquely situated around ponds, paddles, flowerbeds, and streams.

Ishikawa

Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho-zukuri features houses built in the "Gassho-zukuri" style with steep thatched roof to prevent snow from accumulating.

Kenrokuen Garden is located in the center of Kanazawa city and counted as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. It was originally a private garden of Lord Maeda's mansion next to Kanazawa Castle. The Maeda Family continued to renovate the garden for their ruling period from the 1620s to 1840s. It is a stroll-type landscape garden spreading over 100,000m2. Various hills, streams, smaller ponds and falls give the garden a great variety, where you can enjoy seasonal flowers.

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