The Bukeyashiki is a traditional samurai residence built after the great fire of 1733.  It is located in the center of Matsue City alongside the moat of Matsue Castle. It was occupied by successive samurai of middle rank status of the Matsue domain, who periodically had to change their residence [...]

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The Miho Shrine is located at the eastern end of Shimane Peninsula in the fishing village of Mihonoseki. Built around 1500, Miho Shrine is dedicated to Ebisu the deity of fishermen, thriving business, music and dance. Being the god of music and dance, priests and locals have collected from […]

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The Adachi Museum of Art is a rather recent museum.  The museum was founded and opened in 1970 by Adachi Zenko who was a successful Japanese industrialist and fascinated by fine arts and gardens. While the real treasures of the Adachi Museum of art [...]

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Located closest to Matsue City on an island in the middle of Lake Nakaumi, Yushien Garden or commonly known as Yūshien or Yuushien in Japanese is a 40,000 square meter garden established in 1975.  It’s famous for its gorgeous landscape including waterfalls, streams, stone lanterns, rock-garden, a beautiful [...]

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Completed in 1611 Matsue Castle, a “Black Castle” due to its dark and austere exterior is and surrounded by a gorgeous moat and thick wall. It is one of only a dozen original castles left in Japan. That means that unlike many others like Naoya Castle and Osaka Castle, […]

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Ushibuka Haiya Odori is one of Japan's most famous festivals. It began around 200 years ago in the once rich port of Ushibuka. What is unique about the Ushibuka Haiya Odori, it’s said to be the root of all “Awa Odori” and “Haiya” folk music heard all over Japan! [...]

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After Mount Fuji, Chureito Pagoda, Obuchi Sasaba and Wakayama’s famous Taki Fall (Taki waterfall), the Seigantoji Pagoda is one of the world's most famous locations wherein a single picture so much of Japan’s beauty can be seen. Right in the center of Kumano Nachi Taisha history, […]

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Lost in the middle of the Wakayama mountains near Kozagawa villa, you will find, after a good 40 minutes walk in the forest, beautiful Nakatsudani falls and its pristine water. […]

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Located near the top of Mt. Gongenyama in Wakayama prefecture you first ascend a very steep stone staircase made of 538 steps to find tucked below a huge boulder where the Kumano deities were said to have descended from heaven to earth. […]

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What makes the Shirasaki Coast so fascinating?  It’s thanks to the unique limestone rock formation that during a hot summer day feels like being in the south of Europe or even Greece. The Shirasaki Coast is not only famous for its beautiful landscape but also for good times around […]

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Hashigui-iwa Rock is one of the many beautiful natural wonders of Wakayama prefecture.  Featuring a straight line of large and small unusually shaped rocks which stretches for around 850 meters, it appears to be the stakes of a bridge. The fantastic scenery colored by the sunrise is especially […]

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You don’t know Tokyo until you’ve seen the Izu Islands. Located off the coast of Honshu, Japan’s main island, these nine smaller islands are actually within Tokyo’s jurisdiction. Spending a weekend island hopping here can give visitors a breath of relief from the organized chaos of Tokyo proper. [...]

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