ocated in Shizuoka City, Sunpu Castle, is also known as Fuchi Castle and on some occasions the “Castle of the Floating Isle” because of its design and surrounding moats. It was supposedly built between 1560 and 1585 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. Burned down in 1653, most of the Sunpu Castle has been rebuilt, including the castle […]

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eta are perhaps Japan’s most iconic footwear, despite actually being a Chinese creation, and a piece of the cultural heritage still widely used today in modern Japan. Available in different forms and shapes, the traditional geta here is, thanks to Sano-san and his daughter Hitomi, given a little make-over where both tradition and modernity meet […]

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hizuoka Sengen Shrine is in fact the name for a collective group of three Shinto shrines with the Kambe Jinja, Sengen Jinja and Ohtoshimioya Jinja. They are located around Shizuoka city and now form a single religious corporation with the main shrine based in the center of the city. The oldest of the three shrines, […]

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hen I started this project I knew that I would have to spend a lot of time on the road and after running out of podcasts and music to listen to, you start to get a little bored. So in June, on my way back to Tokyo from a trip to Shizuoka, I decided to […]

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iho no Matsubara is by far the best place in Shizuoka to enjoy an amazing view of Mt. Fuji. While we are planning to publish a full-length video soon that covers this amazing park, we could not resist shooting a pair of 10 minute long relaxing videos just for you. So without further ado, again, […]

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rected on top of Gujō Hachiman’s nearest hill, the Gujō Hachiman Castle was built in 1559 by a local feudal lord. Destroyed during the Meiji Period, the castle was only rebuilt in 1933. Unfortunately it was not rebuilt as the original, but the Gujō Hachiman Castle comes with a wooden foundation rather that the usual […]

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ocated in central Gifu, Gujō Hachiman seems to be one of those small towns where time passes by ten times slower than usual. At the confluence of the upper Nagara-gawa (river) and the Yoshida-gawa (river), this town, founded in the 16th century following the construction of the Hachiman Castle, is known for two main things. […]

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ocated in the center of Nagoya, and nearby Osu Kannon temple, the Osu shopping district is a vast network of nice shopping arcades. These arcades spread across Osu Kannon street, Mioumon street, Osu Hon-dori, Mozen-cho street, Banshoji street, Higashi Nioumon street, Akamon street and Shintenchi Street. First opened 400 years ago, the Osu shopping district […]

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he Osu Kannon (Ōsu Kannon) temple is a popular temple of the Shingo sect (one of the major schools of Buddhism in Japan) located in Osu in central Nagoya. Originally built in 1333 in Osu-go, Nagoka Village in the Owari province, known today as the city of Hashima in Gifu prefecture, it was only in […]

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agoya’s Tokugawa Art Museum was founded in 1935 and built on the grounds of the Owari’s former feudal residence, one of the three major branches of the ruling Tokugawa family in Nagoya during the Edo Period. Tokugawa Art Museum offers visitors the chance to enjoy some of Japan’s oldest arts as well as many past […]

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Not as famous as Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Skytree, the Nagoya TV Tower does still offer a wonderful, panoramic view of the surrounding Sakae district, and of Nagoya in its entirety, thanks to its two main observatory decks. Smaller than Tokyo Tower, with a height of only 180 meters, Nagoya TV Tower is actually Japan’s […]

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Believed to have been established during the reign of the Emperor Keiko (71-130), the Atsuta Jingu, also known as Atsuta-Sama or simply as Miya, has been officially designated as one of the Kanpei-Taisha (imperial shrines), like the Great Shrine of Ise. Atsuta shrine is dedicated to the veneration of Atsuta-no-Ōkami. Also enshrined are the “Five […]

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