Iwate prefecture is located in the heart of Tohoku between Aomori and Miyagi. It features some of Japan most majestic coasts and cliffs. It is true however, that the Iwate coastal front, like many other places in the Tohoku region deeply suffered from the devastation of the 2011 tsunami […]

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The Bunkyo Civic Center, and its Sky View Lounge observatory is, as far as we are concerned, the best spot in Tokyo to enjoy Mt Fuji behind Shinjuku’s major skyscrapers. Open year round with free admission since 1994, the Bunkyo Civic Center had a rather rocky start and today’s […]

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Less impressive than Hotokegura, but also located in Aomori, Senjoziki Coast rock formation is the result of the uplifting of land due to an earthquake in 1792. The rock shelf of approximately 12 kilometers, on which the lord of the area had 1,000 tatami mats laid out for […]

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Kappa No Yu is an open-air public onsen located in Aomori’s famous Yagen Onsen area. On paper this little wonder is everything that someone could look for, unfortunately, the shortsightedness of the local government turned this little paradise into a sad abandoned place suffering from the harsh weather […]

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Hotokegaura is one of Aomori prefecture’s most scenic and most difficult rock formations to access. Today Hotokegaura is designated as a Natural Monument of Japan and pleasure boats are operated to enable landing and strolling on the coast. Nearly 20 million years ago, deep sea volcanic activity created a […]

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Located in Tsuruta in the northern Japan prefecture of Aomori, the Tsuru-no-Mai bridge is Japan's longest wooden bridge! Completed in July 1994, the 300-meter-long 3 arch bridge spans across Tsugaru Fujimi Lake. Tsuru no Mai Bridge appears differently as seasons change. Spectacular scenes of the bridge emerge with dusk […]

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Thanks to you our last walking around video of Shibuya was a success, and this thanks to you! And today we want to give you the chance to rediscover Shibuya with another one of our famous walking around videos but this time during the night, where we will guide […]

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Thanks to you our last walking around video of Shibuya was a success, and this thanks to you! And today we want to give you the chance to rediscover Shibuya with another one of our famous walking around videos but this time during the night, where we will guide […]

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Happo-en is far from your average gorgeous hidden Japanese garden in central Tokyo. While its history still eludes me, it is said that Happo-en was the cherished mansion of Ōkubo Tadataka throughout his life 1560~1639 (also known as Ōkubo Hikozaemon). It is however after 1951 that […]

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Built in 725 by Gyoki under orders from Emperor Shomu, Hattasan is located near Hamamatsu in Shizuoka. Hattasan is one of the three traditional temples in Enshu Area, the other two temples being Kasuisai and Yusanji. Hattasan is dedicated to Maha-karuna Avalokitesvara (Bosatsu of Great Compassion) and believed […]

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Also located in the heart of the peaceful and beautiful Shizuoka countryside, and near Hamamatsu city, Ryotan-ji temple was founded in 744 and is one of the ancient Zen-temples from the Nara era. It had belonged to the Li family for over fourth generations. Ryotan-ji is […]

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Located in the heart of Shizuoka’s peaceful and beautiful countryside and an hour away by car from Hamamatsu, Okuni Shrine is one of the four major Shinto Shrines in the Shizuoka prefecture. According to past official documents, Okuni Shrine was established on February 18, 555 and enshrines the deity [...]

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