We believe that Tokyo’s iconic Yamanote line does not need any any introduction. Still, if you are not familiar with it, let’s just say that the Yamanote is one of Tokyo’s most important train lines, circling the city and featuring 29 stations for a total length of 34.5km. First opened in 1885, the Yamanote started […]

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Completed in 1612, Nagoya Castle was designed to solidify the Tokugawa family’s authority in the Owari region, which includes both present Nagoya and its surrounding area. With time, the surrounding village of Nagoya Castle grew to be Japan’s fourth largest city : Nagoya. While the castle suffered from major damage during the second world war, […]

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Founded in the 7th century, Zenkō-ji Temple is actually one of the most important and popular temples in Japan, and stores the first ever Buddhist statue bought in Japan when Buddhism was first introduced during the 6th century. Zenkō-ji’s fame does not stop here, since the temple itself was founded before Buddhism in Japan split […]

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Located near Nagoya Tower in the Sakae district, Oasis 21 is a multi-level recreational and commercial park equipped with a bus terminal. First opened to the public in 2002, Oasis 21’s major attraction is its oval roof glass structure, also known as “Spaceship Aqua”. The roof just happens to be filled with water, which not […]

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Chiba Port Tower is nothing more than an observatory tower located in the port-side area of Chiba city, in the prefecture of the same name. It is 125 meters tall, yet with only 4 floors, and located on the top of this tower is a cafe which sits alongside an observatory room. The tower was […]

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Chiba Shrine was erected in 1181, and dedicated to the Shinto deity Myoken, a “bosatsu” who is the personification of the Polaris Star. Myoken is believed to offer protection from bad luck and bad health. Located within walking distance of the city’s main station, the architecture of Chiba Shrine is set apart from what we […]

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Located a good hour away from Tokyo and in Chiba City, the Chiba Castle or Inohana-jo, was first built in 1126 by Tsuneshige Chiba. He was the first ‘gunji’ administrator of Sōma District, and was then transferred to the same position in Chiba District. For many centuries, the Chiba family ruled over the area from […]

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Daishō-in or Daisyō-in is the historic Japanese temple on Mount Misen, the holy mountain on the island of Itsukushima and walking distance from the famous Itsukushima Shrine. Founded in 806, Daisho-in is the 14th temple in the Chūgoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage and famous for the maple trees and their brilliant autumn colors. It is also […]

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Kanda Shrine was first built during the Tenpyo Era (730AD) in the fishing village of Shibasaki, near the modern Ōtemachi district. It was only in 1616 that the shrine was moved to its current location and this was to accommodate the expansion of Edo Castle. Today it is conveniently located a short distance on foot […]

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While many of you may enjoy Miyajima for its unique atmosphere and many temples, this little island also offers many hiking trails that, for the most courageous of you, will give you the opportunity to discover Miyajima like never before. Today’s video covers just a tiny selection of these trails and follows the flow of […]

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Tsukiji Market, or Tsukiji Fish Market as we know and love it, is scheduled to close up and move to a new location in Toyosu by November 2016. While this decision will most probably have a beneficial impact on the business itself, it is on the other hand sad news for anyone who loved the […]

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Just one stop away from Akihabara Station, Ochanomizu Station is just your average train station that connects different subway and train lines to each other. Additionally it functions as a hub for anyone who wants to visit places such as the Nikolai Cathedral, Yushima Seido, Kanda Myojin, the Japan Football Museum, Tokyo Medical & Dental […]

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