Bon Odori is a Japanese traditional folkloric dance. Bon Odori, which has a history of approximately 1,000 years. Actually, this Folkloric dance is for worshiping ancestors in the “Bon season” (July-August) derived from Buddhism, and there are more than 1,000 different types of dance nationwide in Japan [...]

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Just on the opposite side of the Tonomura Shigeru house, you will find another beautiful Japanese traditional house turned museum which also belonged to a member of the Tonomura family, Uhee Tonomura. Here you will be able to enjoy every room that the house has to offer and enjoy […]

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Tonomura Shigeru is a famous Japanese writer. The Tonomura Shigeru House, or in Japanese Tonomura Shigerutei, is a beautiful traditional Japanese house with a little garden located in the heart of Gokasho Kondo. The house has been turned into a museum. [...]

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The Traditional Townscape of Gokasho, also known as Gokasho Kondo, is a set of former merchant residences located in Higashi-Omi, Shiga Prefecture and is comprised of 3 temples and 3 houses with a garden turned museum. Gokasho Kondo is designated as a national traditional building conservation district […]

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Daimonzaka is a truly beautiful path leading to another wonderful landmark in Wakayama prefecture, Kumano Nachi Taisha and the Nachi Falls. The path itself is really worth a little walk. The stone stairs, the huge and old trees along the way (many of them being over 800 years old) both contribute to the quasi-mystical atmosphere […]

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Wakayama has many picturesque landscapes to offer. One of these natural landmarks is the Hashigui-Iwa rock formations in Kushimoto. The legend says that a monk tried to build a bridge to Oshima island, but a demon prevented him to do so, letting these “pillars” as sole remains of the aborted construction. Catching it at sunrise […]

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Wakayama produces a lot of wood, and has many waterways. Lumberjacks used them to bring fresh cut logs downstream, to their processing facilities. Today they propose to carry tourists on those logs (a tourist-friendly version, with seats and handrails) on the Kitayama river and its rapids. The ride takes 45 mn roughly and costs 6.000 […]

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Genkyu-en Garden is a Daimyo ("feudal lord") garden located to the northeast of Hikone Castle.  It was created in 1677 to resemble the Eight Views of Omi originating from the Chinese Eight Views of Xiaoxiang and from the Eight Views of Lake Biwa. [...]

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Kamikura Jinja is a little shrine located halfway up Mount Gongenyama. It is said that the Gods first came to Earth through this very temple, and brought the fire as a gift to humans. To celebrate this, a ceremony is held every year; the Oto matsuri consists in making dozens of participants recently down hill, […]

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Completed in 1622 after more than 20 years of intense labor, Hikone Castle, a hilltop castle, survived many wars and calamities is one of Japan’s very few original castles entirely build in wood, unlike Osaka and Aichi Castle for example. [...]

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Hachiman-bori Canal is the pride and joy of Omihachiman City. The canal is five-kilometers long and was used in the past to not only transport people and merchandise but also used to divide the city by class and caste. [...]

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During our second trip to Wakayama prefecture we had the great pleasure to be granted a model, dressed in Heian ishom or Hean era costume. At that time only noble people wore this costume to walk along the Daimon-zaka leading to the wonderful Kumano Nachi Taisha and the Nachi Falls. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + […]

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