The Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum is located in a suburb of Tokyo at Koagnei Park. It displays a wide range of different types of buildings mainly from the Meiji period. Most buildings you will find in this museum have been relocated and reconstructed there in order to […]

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Founded in 1617 on top of Mount Kuno (216m) by Suruga Bay, Kunozan Tosho-Gu is a Shinto shrine and the original burial place of famous Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) who brought a long period of civil wars to an end and united all […]

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Did you know that beneath Shibuya Station, and crossing exists a roughly 370m long passageway? Connecting Shibuya’s latest skyscraper, the Hikarie and the world famous 109 Building, the mecca of teenage fashion, Chikamichi, which basically means the street under, is mainly used by daily commuters on their way […]

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Haruna Shrine is a Shinto shrine and famous for its Spiritual Power Spot. This shrine is said to have been built about 1,400 years ago and is located in Mt. Haruna, one of the “Three Mountains of Jomo.” The Haruna Shrine is dedicated to gods that give blessings for […]

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Iwakiyama Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in the city of Hirosaki in the Aomori prefecture and located at the feet of Mt Iwaki, which is also considered to be part of the Shrine itself. There are not a good record on when the Iwakiyama Shrine was founded as […]

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Founded in 1441, Kosho-Ji is Uchiko City's main temple and features many interesting architectural point of interest. Its Sanmon (Main gate) built around 1754 is surrounded by cherry trees, as well as the second entrance gate (Chujyakumon) and its unique corridor connecting both the monastery and the temple […]

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Yamanakako is one of the famous five lakes that surround Mt. Fuji. Located in Yamanashi prefecture, it's maybe the least popular of the group. Yamanakako, often less crowded, offers a unique view of Mt Fuji as well as in autumn the chance to enjoy of the turning leaves […]

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In the heart of Shibuya you will find the iconic 109 Building. For many 109 is the temple of Japanese teenage culture where each floor features small fashion oriented retails stores. Made famous in the 2000s for its heavy Kogal (kogyaru) subculture where Japanese schoolgirls would wear outfits based […]

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Carrying the name of its founder, Mr. Miyabe, Miyabe Geta is one of the last Geta factory in the Ehime region. It all started in 1933 when Mr. Miyabe, only 13 years old at this time, became an apprentice at a local Geta factory and where he developed his […]

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Initially built as a flea market in the early postwar years, Harmonica Yokocho is a collection of alleys on the north side of Kichijoji Station. Best known nowadays for its many small but excellent restaurants, which began popping up in the late '90s, you also find in Harmonica Yokocho […]

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Yuge Shrine is located in the mountains of Uchiko in Ehime which attracts many tourists from around the world thanks to its uniquely shaped covered wooden Taiko bridge. Built during the Muromachi era (1336-1573) the Yuge Shrine was dedicated to the Himairi-Shinko custom of villagers living in the surrounding area coming to pray everyday […]

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Obuchi Sasaba is one of the most famous green tea fields in the world. Thanks to its unique scenery, Obuchi Sasaba attracts millions of visitors every year and also happens to be the location of choice for many TV, movie, and the advertising crews. Indeed, the gorgeous tea fields […]

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