Throughout the Edo period, Kubota Castle, located in the prefecture of Akita (northern Japan), was home to the Satake clan, daimyo of Kubota Domain, rulers of northern Dewa Province. Reassigned to Dewa Province from the clan's ancestral territories by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1602, Satake Yoshinobu immediately started the construction […]

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Located in the mountainside of Akita and in the famous Nyuto Onsen area, a conglomerate of several hot springs resorts, Kuroyo Onsen is a magnificent Onsen resort that was first established during Edo period. Whether you are staying for the night or just want to spend there a few hours […]

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Goshado, the central hall of Akagami Shrine, is thought to have been built around 1710. The shrine is composed of a total of five structures.  The main structure in the middle enshrines Akagami. As such it is one of the rarest sites associated with the ancient Akagami Gongen worship. [...]

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Originally built and still used as a movie set for may samurai productions, the Open Set of the studio Sedic Shonai in Yamagata in northern Japan, is a unique attraction worth checking! There you will find a 350m wide and 2km long set with roughly 40 buildings. […]

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Hidden at the foot of one of Japan’s most sacred mountains, Haguro-san, you will find the beautiful Gyokusen-ji temple. Founded in 1251 by Ryonenhomyo.  Inspired by his years long pilgrimage, he acquired a unique sense of beauty and aesthetics that helped him design Gyokusen-ji temple. [...]

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Walking distance from Yamagata’s amazing Somaro Tea House and its gorgeous Maiko, you will find in the city of Sakata and the Homma Art Museum Garden. Built in 1813 by the head of the Homma clan, the property includes the actual main house, the Seienkaku, and the Kakubu-en [...]

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Located in the heart of Yamagata prefecture mountains, Ginzan Onsen or in English the Silver Mountain Hot Spring, is a secluded little hot spring town with a rich history in silver mining! [...]

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Dewa Sanzan (出羽三山) which literally means: the three mountains of Dewa, are sacred mountains in Yamagata Prefecture, each with a shrine on or near its peak including Haguro-San representing birth, Gas-san representing death and Yudono-san representing rebirth. [...]

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Opened on October 30th, 2006, the Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge is 390 meters long, 173 meters high, 1.5 meters wide and it is the highest suspension bridge purely designed to offer a unique 360-degree view of the surrounding area including Narukogawa-Keikoku forest and the majestic Shindo-no-taki […]

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Nestled in the hills overlooking Beppu city, Myoban Onsen one of Beppu’s eight hot spring areas famous for its “Yu-no-Hana” or “Hot Spring Flowers” compounds made from iron and aluminum minerals said to have positive effects on hemostasis and diarrhea. [...]

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Nioza Historical Road is a real gem that you have to visit when travelling in Usuki. This 200 meter photogenic narrow alley running along temples and residences built in Edo period style architecture, gives us a quick, yet accurate glimpse of the past. [...]

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During the Edo period, the Inaba residence was the house of the local feudal lord and home of the Inaba Clan once they moved from Tokyo during the Meiji Period. The Inaba residence is a beautiful wooden structure set in a quiet garden in the middle of Usuki City. [...]

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