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Journey through Japan

Not far from Tokyo, there are a lot of attractive destinations where you can feel unique atmosphere that you can't feel in other areas. One of the options is "Northward Golden Route" which includes Saitama, Gunma and Niigata Prefectures. There are both Shinkansen Line and expressways between these three prefectures from Tokyo and each prefecture. The video shows unique attractions in the three prefectures.

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Journey through Saitama

Saitama Prefecture is located just north of Tokyo, and has a well-developed transportation network including railways and expressways, making for convenient access from neighboring prefectures and international airports. The prefecture is blessed with a variety of sightseeing resources represented by "Little Edo" Kawagoe which retains its appearance from the Edo Era (17-19th century) and the greenery of Chichibu and Nagatoro, as well as other food, drinks, anime spots, nature, industries, history, traditional culture, sports, and various experiences. In addition, international events were held all around the prefecture, such as the World Bonsai Convention in 2017, the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021 (soccer, basketball, golf, and shooting).

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【JAPAN TRAVEL NAGANO】Travel in the Countryside of Nagano(長野の旅)Part1

Nagano, the prefecture hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1998 is popular with the ski resorts such as Nozawa and Hakuba among domestic and international visitors. Meanwhile, there are a lot of places worth visiting during other seasons. Historical landmarks such as Zenkoji Temple and Togakushi Shrine as well as old villages of Tsumago and Narai that used to be post towns centuries ago are popular destinations.

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Fukuyama City

Fukuyama City is located at the eastern end of Hiroshima Prefecture. Fukuyama Castle and Fukuyama Museum of Art stand in the park next to Fukuyama Station of the JR San-yo Shinkansen Line. Tomonoura is the picturesque port town along the coastline in the Seto Inland Sea National Park. The town flourished centuries ago when many merchants' boats sailing the Seto Inland Sea docked at the port. Myoo-in Temple is designated a national treasure popular with the five-tiered pagoda and the main hall. Its details feature a mixture of Chinese Buddhist and Zen style architecture.

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Shiga Tourist Attractions

Shiga Prefecture located next to Kyoto is famous with Hieizan Enryakuji Shrine, Hikone Castle and Lake Biwa which is the largest lake in Japan. More historical sites such as gen-ji Temple, Aga Shrine and Hino Castle Ruin are accesable from Omihachiman Station just about one-hour train ride from Osaka. Cosmos at Noda-cho is expected to bloom from late Sep. to late Oct.

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Things to do near Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and "Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration" is designated UNESCO's World Heritage Cultural Sites in 2013, which consists of 25 sites such as Lake Kawaguchiko, Oshino Hakkai Ponds, Kawaguchi Asama Shrine and the mountain itself. You can find some of the best views of Mt. Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Boat, Tenku-no Torii, Fujiyosida City and Oshino Hakkai Ponds.

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Nara Day Trip

Nara was Japan's first permanent capital in the 8th century before moving to Kyoto. Eight sites including Japan's oldest and largest temples in Nara such as Kofukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine were designated as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara" by UNESCO. The location of the city is within one-hour train ride from Osaka and Kyoto and Nara attracts visitors with its full chest of historic treasures.

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Spring in Kyoto

Kyoto has been one of the most popular destinations that used to be packed with the visitors from all across the nation and the world called as "over tourism". As you can see in the video shot in 2021, the city is less crowded since 2020 and the tourist attractions are ready for the visitors taking safety majors during the pandemic. Now you would be able to experience the original serine atmosphere at popular landmarks such as Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Arashiyama.

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Hakone Day Trip

Hakone is a popular onsen hot spring resort where you can reach from Tokyo within two hours by train. After the suspension due to the massive typhoon in Oct. 2019, the Hakone Tozan Railways resumed operation in Jul. 2020 which connects Hakone Yumoto, the gateway of Hakone and Hakone Cable Car at Gora Station. The destination is still popular among domestic visitors despite of the pandemic since 2020 with a lot of attractions such museums, parks, shrines and a magnificent view from the Hakone Pirate Ship on Lake Ashi.

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Yamaguchi Tourism

Yamaguchi is located on the westernmost of the Honshu main island of Japan, bordering Hiroshima on the east and Fukuoka is in Kyushu on the west. The major cities of the prefectures are connected by the Shikansen bullet train. One of the Yamaguchi's major attractions is the five-arched Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni City. Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park consists of Akiyoshidai Plateau, a 130 square kilometer area of karst topography with over 400 limestone caves including Akiyoshido Cave which is Japan’s longest limestone cave.

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Best places in Saga, Japan

Saga is located in the north west of Kyushu Island, next to Fukuoka Prefecture. Yutoku Inari Shrine is one of the three most famous shrines dedicated to Inari along with Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto and Toyokawa Inari Shrine in Aichi Prefecture. Its main hall stands on tall wooden beams 18 meters above the valley floor. Ouo Shrine Torii Gate is another popular spot with mysterious atmosphere. A couple of red torii gates in the sea almost soak in the high-tide water while you can walk around the gates at the low tide.

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Stunning Views in Shiga

Shiga Prefecture is next to Kyoto and easily accessible by trains from Osaka as well. Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan is located in the center of the Prefecture and many popular places are located around the lake. One of them is Shirahige Shrine popular with its Torii gate standing in the lake water. Located in Kyoto's eastern mountain range on Mount Hieizan, Enryakuji Temple has been the headquarters of the Tendai sect and one of the most significant monasteries in Japanese history since founded in 788. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.

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Saitama City

Saitama City is the center of Saitama Prefecture located just north of Tokyo. Omiya Station is about 30-minute ride from central Tokyo that several Shinkansen Lines stop at where is next to the Railway Museum. There are more museums in the city such as Bonsai Art Museum and Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum which display traditional items such as bonsai trees and Japanese dolls collections which are getting more popular among international tourists. Minuma Tambo is a green park covering a vast area of some 1,260 ha that is popular among the locals with its beautiful landscapes and the history.

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Kitakata, Home of Sake and Ramen

Kitakata City is located 220 km north from Tokyo. The town is famous with traditional kura (storehouses) constructed centuries ago as the storages for sake, miso soy source or lacquer ware. Some of which are currently operated as sake breweries, shops or museums. There are over 100 ramen noodle restaurants known as Kitakata Ramen.

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Unforgettable Mie

Mie prefecture is located in the center of the Japanese archipelago. Ise Jingu, the most sacred grand shrine in Japan attracts millions of visitors throughout the year. Metoiwa, the couple rocks rise up by the shore along the main approach to Futami Okitama Shrine, a torii gate that greets the sunrise. Iga deep in the hills in the west of the Prefecture, is the origins of ninja in Iga. Akame 48 Waterfalls is one of the waterfalls that are traditionally considered the top 48 waterfall areas in Japan.

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Tokyo to Chichibu and Kawagoe

Saitama Prefecture is located just north of Tokyo. Kawagoe is a popular town because of its traditional architecture and old-fashioned streets and shops, known as “Little Edo” named after the former name of Tokyo during the Edo Period (1603-1867). Nagatoro is another popular destination in Saitama for Chichibu Shrine and Hodosan Shrine which is within 2-hour train ride from Tokyo.

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Shimane’s Beautiful Scenery

Shimane Prefecture is located in the northern region of Western Japan, facing the Sea of Japan. Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine is famous as the place where myriads of Japanese gods gather to hold annual meetings. The Adachi Museum of Art with the majestic Japanese gardens is a Michelin Guide 3 stars winner. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Ruins is the World Heritage Site designated in 2007. Matsue Castle is one of 12 castles in Japan with extant original donjons. Lake Shinji is popular with the beautiful sunset.

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Scenery in Miyazaki

Miyazaki Prefecture is part of Kyushu Island in southern Japan. It is known for its stunning scenery, beautiful coastline, and good surfing. Many of Miyazaki’s scenic spots are linked to Japanese history and mythology. The Mimitsu Historical District is lined with historic buildings from when this was a busy port trading with Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto. Near the dramatic Takachiho Gorge is Amano Iwato Shrine. According to legend, the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu hid in a cave here. Another place surrounded by legends is Aoshima Island. Visit at low tide to see its unique rock formations called the devil’s washboard.

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Saitama, rugby legend's visit

Saitama Prefecture is located just north of Tokyo. Omiya in Saitama City is easily reached from major stations in the capital. Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine gives Omiya its name, literally meaning large shrine. The city is also known for bonsai. The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum showcases the Japanese art of cultivating small bonsai trees. Kawagoe is another popular day trip destination in Saitama. It is known as “Little Edo” because of its traditional architecture and old-fashioned streets and shops. Edo is the old name of Tokyo and here you experience a little bit of the Edo Period (1603-1867).

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Fukuoka, rugby legend's visit

If you travel by Shinkansen train from Tokyo to Kyushu Island, you will first come to Fukuoka Prefecture. Its capital Fukuoka City is a former castle town and now the biggest city on Kyushu Island. Ohori Park is located on the old castle grounds. The Kyushu National Museum has an excellent collection showing Japanese art and history. It is located nearby in Dazaifu, the former governmental center of Kyushu. The Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is the national headquarter for all Tenmangu shrines. Also in the Fukuoka area is Munakata Taisha, UNESCO World Heritage and one of the oldest shrines in Japan.

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Central Tokyo, rugby legends' visit

Japan’s capital Tokyo is a city of contrasts where the old and new live side by side. Tokyo Tower has a great view, overlooking temples, old buildings, and modern architecture. Meiji Jingu Shrine for example is one of the quiet spots in Tokyo, but next to it is the kawaii, pop, and futuristic Harajuku district. A visit to Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku and Tea Ceremony Room Toko-an are worlds apart, but at both places you can experience Tokyo’s culture. The city is also changing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 and now has the new Japan Olympic Museum.

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Meet My Kagawa

Kagawa is one of the four prefectures that make up Shikoku Island. It is famous for its udon noodles and often called Udon Prefecture. Major attractions besides the tasty local food are historic shrines, temples, and scenic spots. Kagawa faces the Seto Inland Sea and has many beautiful places on the coast such as Chichibugahama Beach and Shodoshima Island’s Angel Road sandbank. The “Henro” pilgrimage route to 88 temples in Shikoku includes 23 temples in Kagawa, among them Zentsuji Temple. Other famous destinations are Kotohira-gu Shrine (Konpira-san) and Ritsurin Garden, one of the most important landscape gardens in the country.

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Takayama, old town in Gifu

Takayama City, known as Hida Takayama, is located in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture’s Hida region. In the past, this was a thriving merchant town. In the historic Sanmachi Suji district many stores and buildings date back to the Edo Period (1603-1868). The former local government office (Takayama Jinya) is the only one of its kind that still stands. It is now a museum where you can learn more about the history of the region. The Takayama Festival is known as one of Japan’s three most beautiful festivals. It takes places twice a year, April 14-15 and Oct. 9-10.

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Travel to Mt. Fuji, Yamanashi

Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and has long been worshipped as a sacred place. Pilgrimages to the top traditionally started at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine near Lake Kawaguchiko in the Fuji Five Lakes region (Fujigoko). You can find some of the best views of Mt. Fuji here within easy access from Tokyo. Great places to take pictures include the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway and Arakurayama Sengen Park Chureito Pagoda. Another fun highlight in the area is Fuji-Q Highland, one of Japan’s best amusement parks with a huge haunted house and several record-breaking roller coasters and rides.

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Best places in Kyoto

Japan’s imperial capital from the 8th century until 1868, Kyoto exemplifies Japanese history and culture. Now an extremely popular tourist destination, the old city is famous for its fine cuisine, geisha district, architecture and garden design. The UNESCO World Heritage “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” include Ryoan-ji Temple and its famous rock garden, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and Kinkaku-ji Temple with its iconic Golden Pavilion. Other outstanding places to visit among Kyoto’s thousands of shrines and temples are Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine with its long rows of torii gates and Sanjusangendo Temple with its 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy.

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Day trip to Kanagawa

Kamakura, Yokohama, and Hakone are very popular day trip destinations from Tokyo, all located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Yokohama is an international port and Japan's second largest city. Yokohama Chinatown is famous for its hundreds of restaurants. In contrast, Kamakura has an old city atmosphere with many temples and shrines like Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Kotoku-in Temple, home of Kamakura’s iconic Great Buddha. Hakone is famous for its nature and landscape. Hakone Shrine is hidden in the forest near Lake Ashi, a famous viewpoint for Mt. Fuji. On clear days Mt. Fuji can also be seen from Yokohama Landmark Tower.

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Exploring Nikko, Tochigi

Nikko offers gorgeous nature and architecture. Located in Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko is a popular destination for a trip from Tokyo. The “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 200 years is enshrined at Toshogu Shrine, known for its intricately decorated buildings set among tall trees. Another famous spot is the red lacquered Shinkyo Bridge that belongs to Futarasan Shrine. Nikko National Park has good hiking and photogenic landscape. From the shores of Lake Chuzenji you can walk through Senjogahara Marsh to Yudaki Falls and Yumoto Onsen.

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Best places in Hiroshima

Hiroshima is one of the largest cities in Western Japan located on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. Every year, millions visit its two World Heritage sites, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Itsukushima Shrine. In 1945, Hiroshima was the target of the first atomic bomb and the Peace Memorial Park commemorates this. Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island is famous for its Torii gate that looks like it floats on the water.

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Kyoto travel guide

Kyoto, Japan’s imperial capital from the 8th century until 1868, stands for history and culture. It is famous for its architecture, temples, shrines, gardens, geisha district, and fine cuisine. Kyoto’s large collection of World Heritage sites include Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion. Also very famous are the bamboo grove of Arashiyama and the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine with its long rows of shrine gates. Throughout the year, various festivalsare held in Kyoto. The traditional that has maintained its place in modern city life here makes Kyoto one of the most popular destinations in Japan.

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Things to do in Hakone, Kanagawa

Hakone is a beautiful nature spot, close enough to the big cities for a day trip from Tokyo or Yokohama. The area is known for its views of Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi, and onsen hot springs. The Torii gate built in the water of the lake belongs to Hakone Shrine hidden in the forest. Hakone’s mountain scenery also serves as background for the art exhibited at the Hakone Open-Air Museum. And in Owakudani Valley volcanic activity brings hot springs, bubbling mud, and steam to the surface. Getting around is part of the fun. Catch different views from Hakone Ropeway or the boats crossing Lake Ashi.

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Tokyo must see places

Japan’s capital Tokyo is a huge metropolis that is continuously reinventing itself. It is the main hub for Japan travel and offers seemingly endless options for eating out and shopping. Tokyo is also rich in culture, from traditional to kawaii, pop, and futuristic. The city combines new and old. From its iconic landmarks Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree you can see how modern architecture and historic structures sit next to each other in the sprawling cityscape. The forested grounds of Meiji Shrine for example are surrounded with some of the busiest districts.

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Nara for first timers

Nara was Japan's first permanent capital in the 8th century before moving to Kyoto. Eight sites including Japan's oldest and largest temples in Nara was designated as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara" by UNESCO. The city is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka and attracts visitors with its full chest of historic treasures.

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All about Kyoto

Until 1868, Kyoto was the capital of Japan since the end of the 8th century, it is one of the most popular destinations amongst overseas tourists to Japan. With a variety of historically valuable structures such as temples, shrines and Japanese gardens the city draws over 50 million visitors annually from all over the world.

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Kamakura, Kanagawa for first timers

Kamakura is one of the most popular day trip destinations from Tokyo. It is located about 60 km southwest of Tokyo and accessible by one-hour train ride. It used to be the seat of the Kamakura Government lead by Minamoto Yoritomo and his successors around the 13th century. Kamakura has an old town atmosphere similar to Kyoto with dozens of traditional temples and shrines. The Great Buddha at Kotoku-in is over 11-meters tall and is one of the most renowned landmarks in the town.

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