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Due south: Konpira Shrine in Kagawa – Part 3 –

Konpira in Kagawa (3) Konpira Shrine (3) [Shoin (Library building)] To reach here, you must walk up nearly 500 steps in total. -Entrance to shoin- The original meaning of “shoin” was a room used as a sitting room as well as a library of the master, but since around 1600, it has referred to a whole building.…

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Koraku-en Garden by day, Fantasy Garden by night

The Koraku-en Garden is known to be one of the three great gardens of Japan. I must admit I have visited this place several times in the past in different seasons and spring by far for me is the best season to visit and enjoy strolls in this beautifully landscaped garden with the sakura in full bloom.…

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Due south: Konpira Shrine in Kagawa – Part 2 –

Konpira in Kagawa (2) Konpira-inu (Konpira dog) in Konpira Shrine Beside a copper torii near “mimaya” (stable for “shinme”. See this post), there is a statue of “Konpira-inu”. I mentioned a little bit about Konpira-inu in my dog post. In the Edo era, it was hard for common people to travel from the east of Japan including Edo (present Tokyo) to shrines or temples in the west like Konpira in Sanuki (present Kagawa).…

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Okayama Castle: A unique blend of the old and the new

Okayama Castle they say is one of the must see places here in Okayama City, Japan. Well if you have been around cities here a number of them have their own castle. I believe there are about hundreds of them scattered all over Japan.…

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TOP 30 popular tourist destinations in Japan

“TripAdvisor”, a travel web site, has released their ranking of the “Top 30 most popular tourist destinations in Japan among foreigners in 2014″. It’s based on reviews written in languages other than Japanese between April 2013 and March 2014.(In Japan, business and school terms usually start from April.) Where do you think is the most popular destination?…

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Due south: Konpira Shrine in Kagawa – Part 1 –

First of all, Kagawa is a name of a prefecture in Japan and has nothing to do with a Japanese footballer Kagawa. Konpira in Kagawa -Dot in Okayama is approx. location of Okayama city. Dot in Kagawa is Kotohira city.- Konpira-guu or Kotohira-guu is one of the well-known shrines in Japan.…

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Tobu World Square – Seeing the World in a Smaller Scale

A friend told me that he had sort of traveled the world at a very affordable cost. He showed me the pictures he got from his travel. At first, I thought the structures from the pictures were real but realized they were smaller scale models of famous architectures worldwide.…

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Conquering Japan’s Skyline: Abeno Harukas vs Tokyo Skytree

Japan conquers the sky with the opening of Tokyo Skytree and Abeno Harukas. Standing at 634 meters and 300 meters respectively these two structures are the top two highest structures in Japan. Abeno Harukas I first visited the Abeno Harukas located in the city of Osaka.…

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A Day in Naruto City

Naruto. Surely, when one hears the word Naruto what comes to mind is the popular manga Naruto. Uzumaki Naruto’s name was derived from similar Japanese words: naruto which can mean a powerful whirlpool (maelstrom) or the narutomaki which is the white topping with spiral design on a ramen, and uzumaki(渦巻) which means spiral or the whirlpool itself.…

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Osaka Quest:Dotonbori and Hozenji

Ebisubashi (Ebisu bridge), Dotonbori (Doton moat) Dotonbori and Ebisubashi are well-known as bustling areas. There are many famous things like a large neon sign of the Glico running man and a huge moving crab on the front of the crab restaurant called “Kani douraku”(literal translation is “Crab indulgence”).…

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