English Not only beautiful in winter by day, the Ogimachi village of Shirakawa-Go (Shirakawago), turns on the lights at night for a few days each January, to become a life-size Light Sculpture. Magical? In pictures the answer is most definitely yes, but in real life the place is crowded with so many tourists, it resembles […]

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English Declared a UNESCO world heritage site since 1995, Shirakawa-Go (Shirakawago) is one of the hottest Japanese tourist spots that is hard to miss. Located in the remote mountains of Gifu prefecture, Shirakawa-Go is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses with some as old as 250 years. Shirakawa-Go’s most famous village, and the one featured […]

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English Jigokudani Yaen-koen, known for its many onsen (hot spring baths), is located in the Yokoyu valley of Nagano prefecture. Like the humans that come to bathe, there is a large population of Japanese Macaques (“snow monkeys”) that also bathe in the hot springs. First opened in 1964, Jigokudani Yaen-koen and more precisely Jigokudani Onsen […]

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The Kadowaki suspension bridge (門脇吊橋) in Jogasaki is located in Izu-Kōgen (Shizuoka Prefecture) in the Kadowaki cape.

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