Throughout the Edo period, Kubota Castle, located in the prefecture of Akita (northern Japan), was home to the Satake clan, daimyo of Kubota Domain, rulers of northern Dewa Province. Reassigned to Dewa Province from the clan's ancestral territories by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1602, Satake Yoshinobu immediately started the construction […]

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Located in the mountainside of Akita and in the famous Nyuto Onsen area, a conglomerate of several hot springs resorts, Kuroyo Onsen is a magnificent Onsen resort that was first established during Edo period. Whether you are staying for the night or just want to spend there a few hours […]

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Goshado, the central hall of Akagami Shrine, is thought to have been built around 1710. The shrine is composed of a total of five structures.  The main structure in the middle enshrines Akagami. As such it is one of the rarest sites associated with the ancient Akagami Gongen worship. [...]

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Originally built and still used as a movie set for may samurai productions, the Open Set of the studio Sedic Shonai in Yamagata in northern Japan, is a unique attraction worth checking! There you will find a 350m wide and 2km long set with roughly 40 buildings. […]

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Hidden at the foot of one of Japan’s most sacred mountains, Haguro-san, you will find the beautiful Gyokusen-ji temple. Founded in 1251 by Ryonenhomyo.  Inspired by his years long pilgrimage, he acquired a unique sense of beauty and aesthetics that helped him design Gyokusen-ji temple. [...]

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Walking distance from Yamagata’s amazing Somaro Tea House and its gorgeous Maiko, you will find in the city of Sakata and the Homma Art Museum Garden. Built in 1813 by the head of the Homma clan, the property includes the actual main house, the Seienkaku, and the Kakubu-en [...]

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Located in the heart of Yamagata prefecture mountains, Ginzan Onsen or in English the Silver Mountain Hot Spring, is a secluded little hot spring town with a rich history in silver mining! [...]

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Constructed in 1596 by a daimyō named Tōdō Takatora after being given a small fiefdom by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1595, the Uwajima Castle or in Japanese 宇和島城, is a Hirayama-Jiro or a Type of Japanese castle constructed on a hill within a plain. While quite small, the Uwajima Castle is well known as one of twelve Japanese castles to still have an original donjon built in the Edo period. More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com

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Dewa Sanzan (出羽三山) which literally means: the three mountains of Dewa, are sacred mountains in Yamagata Prefecture, each with a shrine on or near its peak including Haguro-San representing birth, Gas-san representing death and Yudono-san representing rebirth. [...]

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Sumo (相撲 sumō) or sumo wrestling is a competitive full-contact wrestling sport where a rikishi (wrestler) attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring (dohyō) or into touching the ground with anything other than the soles of his feet. The characters 相撲 literally mean "striking one another". The sport originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. It is generally considered a gendai budō (a modern Japanese martial art), but this definition is misleading, as the sport has a history spanning many centuries. Many ancient traditions have been preserved in sumo, and even today the sport includes many ritual elements, such as the use of salt purification, from Shinto. Life as a wrestler is highly regimented, with rules regulated by the Japan Sumo Association. Most sumo wrestlers are required to live in communal sumo training stables, known in Japanese as heya, where all aspects of their daily lives from meals to their manner of dress are dictated by strict tradition. More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com

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Located in Sakai district of Sakata, Somaro is a hub of Japanese culture where you can enjoy the beauty of Japanese traditional dance performed by two Maikos in one of the city’s most beautiful traditional houses. Because of its huge influence in business due to its port, Sakata quickly became a powerful economic hub in the Tohoku region and has such Maiko, Hangyoku, Geiko and Geisha decided to establish their own community in this area and is why their presence so far up north in Japan. More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com

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Opened on October 30th, 2006, the Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge is 390 meters long, 173 meters high, 1.5 meters wide and it is the highest suspension bridge purely designed to offer a unique 360-degree view of the surrounding area including Narukogawa-Keikoku forest and the majestic Shindo-no-taki […]

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