水曜日, 4月 17th, 2013

Biei Shirogane Forest Nature Tour

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Biei Shirogane Forest Nature Tour

To fully enjoy the nature of Biei, a snow shoeing tour with a nature guide is definitely a recommendation. Daisetuzan National Park is located at the center of Hokkaido. I was guided to the Shirogane Forest at the base of the Tokachidake Mountains.
First, let’s take a look at the Blue River near the Shirogane [...]

金曜日, 2月 1st, 2013

Guide to Chichibu and Nagatoro Part 2

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Guide to Chichibu and Nagatoro Part 2

The Paleo Express is a steam train which used to run across the north-east of Japan and was reintroduced 25 years ago. This is the closest place from Tokyo in order to experience the steam train and is the only train of its kind running in the 21st century. It was named after the dinosaur [...]

木曜日, 1月 31st, 2013

Guide to Chichibu and Nagatoro

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Guide to Chichibu and Nagatoro

How many of you have felt like taking a stroll in a town filled with Japanese traditions? This is a guide to Chichibu in Saitama, abundant in nature and history. Chichibu and Nagatoro are both located in the north-western area of Saitama and there are many mountains and rivers, as well as historic buildings such [...]

水曜日, 7月 18th, 2012

Asakusabashi Walking Guide

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Asakusabashi Walking Guide

Asakusabashi is a town located in Taito, Tokyo, and it is well known for selling traditional Japanese dolls. There are many large shops located around the area which specialize in selling these dolls.

Yoshitoku

Yoshitoku doll shop can be found as soon as you exit Asakusabashi station. This shop is very familiar due to its well known [...]

火曜日, 6月 12th, 2012

Harajuku Walking Guide ver2

Reading time: About 6 minutes

Harajuku Walking Guide ver2

Harajuku is most famous for its street style; Lolita and visual K being two of the most popular, but fashion isn’t all this area has to offer. If you walk from the famous shopping street, Takeshita Street, towards the well known Meji Shrine, you can see a variety of Japanese people and foreigners alike.

Takeshita [...]

月曜日, 6月 4th, 2012

Kanazawa Guide Part2

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Kanazawa Guide Part2

Nagamachi Buke Yashiki

Onosho canal
Nagamachi Buke Yashiki is a place where many mid class samurai of the Kaga clan lived. The mud walls and gates, which have mostly been restored, continue on the traditions of the old days. The houses of Nagamachi, which are surrounded by mud walls, are still used as regular housing.

Nagamachi

金曜日, 5月 25th, 2012

Kanazawa Guide Part 1

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Kanazawa Guide Part 1

Kanazawa is a historic castle town located near the Sea of Japan. Kanazawa is well known for its traditions and activities, including handicrafts. During wartime the area was not affected by the bombings and its historical scenery and streets still exists. This has lead to Kanazawa becoming a popular tourist spot.
Kanazawa has many well known [...]

月曜日, 3月 26th, 2012

Mount Mitake Walking Guide

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Mount Mitake Walking Guide

Mount Mitake is located near Tokyo, Japan in the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park. Standing at 929 meters high, and is easily accessible from Tokyo via train.
Takimoto station is located at the foot of Mount Mitake, and from this station you can either walk or take a cable car up the mountain to see the [...]

月曜日, 3月 12th, 2012

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Tomonoura City Guide

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Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Tomonoura City Guide

Tomonoura is located on the southern point of the Numakuma Peninsula near the Seto Sea. It has been a prosperous port city due to its tide wait port from long ago. It is also well known as the place in which Gibli director Hayao Miyazaki created the movie Gake no Ue no Ponyo (English title: [...]

木曜日, 3月 8th, 2012

The city of the Navy / Kure Guide

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The city of the Navy / Kure Guide

Kure is well known because of its various military ports from long ago, and it is still the base of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Kure also has strong relations with the navy.
From Hiroshima city you can access Kure by train or bus in about one hour. If you are near Hiroshima station, the [...]