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  • Kamoi Sugiyama Shrine
    Kamoi Sugiyama Shrine
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  • Shinagawa #17: Yatsuyama Bridge
    Shinagawa #17: Yatsuyama Bridge
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  • Shinagawa #17: Yatsuyama Bridge
    Shinagawa #17: Yatsuyama Bridge
    by robertbaum

Japan Things to Do

  • Harajuku And Omote Sando

    Tokyo Things to Do

    Omotesando is a neighborhood in the Shibuya Ward of Tokyo located between Harajuku and Shibuya crossing, but much closer to Harajuku. The main street, a wide tree-lined boulevard, was created as the primary entrance to Meiji Shrine. Today the area is one of Japan's high end shopping districts, featuring several major huge outlets for major brands....

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  • Gion (Geisha District)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    In the evening we had a quick stroll through the Gion area of the city. It was pretty with its wooden buildings and lamps. However, I do not feel we really did the area justice as we were exhausted, hungry and cold by the time we got here. Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district. It is located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the...

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  • Osaka Castle

    Osaka Things to Do

    The grounds of the castle are now a free park. The only admission is to enter the castle main keep. The park sits in the center of the city with the castle in the center, its surrounded by walking and jogging trails and is a major cherry blossom viewing destination.

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  • Chinatown

    Yokohama Things to Do

    Other Names: Kanteibyo(Japanese name) Kuan ti Temple, Guan ti Temple, Guan Gong Temple To the most of Japanese, Guan Yu enshrined in a corner of Chinatown is one of the historical heroes during 3rd Century China, as depicted in 14th Century novel "The Romance of Three Kingdoms" and a great number of related publications and even video games. To...

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  • Nagoya Castle

    4 out of 5 stars

    Nagoya Things to Do

    The year 2013 will see another get-together of world tourists to Nagoya probably since 2005 when the Expo was held. It is not only the opening of Honmaru Palace of Nagoya Castle but another tourist attraction Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden will be much refreshed. Nagoya castle had two grand palaces, Honmaru Palace adjacent to castle keep and...

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  • Sapporo Snow Festival

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Yes, Dec isn't really snow festival in Odori Park. The snow festival starts from Feb. There are a number of displays installed and lighted up. Nice and not so crowded. The Park has a few sections (separated by roads) and each section is different. The main prominent feature is the tower standing tall and proud at one end of the park.

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  • Peace Park and Memorial Museum

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    This memorial was designed by Kenzo Tange and it is from 1952. The shape resembles an ancient arch-shaped house and it is said to give shelter to the lost souls. Here in a stone chest in the middle are the names of all the A-bomb victims regardless of nationality. Their number is over 290 000 and still increasing because more names are added when a...

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  • Meriken Park & Harborland

    Kobe Things to Do

    Near Meriken Park also on the seafront is Harbourland. Harborland is a shopping and entertainment district located on the waterfront in Kobe's port area. It has many cafes, restaurants and shops. There are two shopping centres in Harbourland: Mosaic and Canal Garden. Mosaic has fashion boutiques and a wide range of pleasant restaurants...

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  • Todaiji Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nara Things to Do

    Built in 728, this large temple complex has a huge gate and is known for its great Buddha hall. This temple is Nara's greatest and most famous temple, and it was the World largest wooden building until 1998. The great Buddha inside is 16 meters high.

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  • Himeji Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Himeji Things to Do

    The main keep of Himeji castle, also called the donjon, was one of the first buildings constructed at the modern castle in 1601. The structure, he inner and most well defended part of the castle, was built by Terumasa Ikeda, as an expansion of an earlier 3-story donjon. The massive wooden pillars that support the tower include a beam from an...

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  • Suito Fukuoka

    Fukuoka Things to Do

    This new place in Fukuoka aims to make tourists enjoy the real Japanese cultural experience by offering various events such as a tea ceremony lesson, a walk in the traditional yukata, or a takoyaki party ! You can book for these events even on the very same day and get to fully enjoy your trip in Japan by experiencing traditional Japanese...

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  • Higashi Chaya District

    Kanazawa Things to Do

    well I have a believe that Its easier to see some one of your country walking in the streets of japan more than a geisha girl. In kanazawa chaya district is were Geisha performs, so you can go and I hope you would be lucky to meet one. it was a short street with vintage japanese houses, and there is around 3 green tea shops where giesha performs i...

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  • Morning Markets

    Takayama Things to Do

    Miyagawa Morning Market is the larger of two morning markets in central Takayama. While the Jinya-mae market is almost entirely a traditional farmer's market. The Miyagawa market has farm-fresh produce, along with prepared foods, gifts, art, and more spread across 60 stalls stretching 350 meters along the beautiful river. During our visit we had...

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  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

    Shinjuku Things to Do

    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Tip: There are various ways to walk around the huge park but when I went to March 30 this year, I don't have enough time to stroll so I took two hour walking course covering most of major places starting from Shinjuku Gate. Before walking be sure to get the English Language map of the park. First stop is Old Imperial...

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  • Snow Monkey Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nagano Things to Do

    A visit to the Jigokudani Monkey Park near Nagano is a good day trip, but can be done in around half a day depending on where you are staying. After several trips to the park, in different seasons, there are a few things to be aware of that might make the trip more enjoyable. - Getting there: I use the bus and walk rather thanthe train/bus/walk...

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  • Itsukushima Shrine

    Miyajima Things to Do

    The Noh Stage at Itsukushima stands in the water near the western side of the shrine. The first No stafe was constructed in 1605, and the current stage was built in 1640. This is one of the few buildings that has never been painted. On this stage there are several events including the Peach Blossom Festival in April and a tea offering ceremony...

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  • Korakuen Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Okayama Things to Do

    Now here's one of those all too rare havens from the outside world Overlooked by the Black Castle one can wander around this larger than normal setting. Yes there's a lot of open space but as you wind your way around the gardeners have created variation We found that as we walked around the scene changed from garden to farming to hills to forest...

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  • Hamamatsu Castle and Park

    Hamamatsu Things to Do

    Tenshumon Gate is the final gate to get to the main keep of the castle. The gate stood there until 1873 long after the main keep was dismantled. The gate was restored to the original style in 2014 based on historical drawing using the pillars from northern part of Hamamatsu City. The gate is not that big and simply made but this gate shows how the...

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  • Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kotoku-in...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kamakura Things to Do

    In early 2016 the Great Buddha at Kotokuin temple will be closed for restoration - this removes one of the attractions for tourists in the area. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201507290074 "The statue will be hidden from view by scaffolding and sheets during the process and visitors will be unable to go inside of it....

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  • Odawara Castle and Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    Odawara Things to Do

    Odawara Castle Tip: Umadashimon Gate is the official gate to the Odawara Castle extending from Meganebashi Bridge. It was rebuilt in 2009 just as it stood during Edo Period (1603-1868). It was named that way because the gate leads to Umadashi Bailey of the castle. The gate is Masugata-style which has 90-degree -turn for solidifying castle defense....

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  • Dogo Onsen Honkan

    Matsuyama Things to Do

    Have a bath in the Dogo Onsen Honkan (Spa), first get the ticket (the cheapest about 450 Yen and you might want to rent a towl for 200 Yen), the put your shoes in a shoe locker, go to the changing room (gender separated), undress completely, there is a bigger locker, thale the small towl and the soap to the bathroom (also gender separated), along...

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  • Aomori Nebuta

    Aomori Things to Do

    August 2nd - 7th Elaborately, colourfully decorated giant floats, pulled and pushed by tens of people, peraded around the city centre. This is the largest festival in Aomori, attracted people from far and wide.

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  • Imperial Palace East Gardens

    Chiyoda Things to Do

    Otemon Gate used to be the Main Gate of former Edo Castle. Almost every castle in Japan has an otemon gate but with different Kanjis such as 追手門 and 大手門. Whatever the way the gate is transliterated in Kanji the original purpose of this gate remains the same. It is the gate that must ward off the...

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  • Wakayama Castle

    Wakayama Things to Do

    Wakayama Castle, original called Ōta Castle was captured by Toyotomi Hiroshima in 1585, destroyed and rebuilt several times, the current appearance is from the early 17. century. It is not very big castle but there is a nice museum showing the tradidional way of Japan. Open from 9 am to 4.30 pm.

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  • Kiyosumi Teien

    Fukagawa Things to Do

    Kiyosumi Garden Tip: East-Japan, Tohoku Earthquake in 2011 made great damages to Japanese gardens in Tokyo. While most of the places returned to normal, it still has some damages which hasn't yet repaired. Kasa-tei, mushroom shaped gazebo at Kiyosumi Garden is one of such cases. Today, only base remains and there are no reconstruction plans ahead....

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  • Eiheiji Temple

    Eiheiji Things to Do

    Eiheiji Temple Tip: Karamon Gate is one of the most popular photo spots in Eiheiji Temple. Current gate was built in 1839. This gate is also called Chokushi-mon literally the gate for the imperial messenger. This gate is also used when the new head of the temple passes to assume the role.

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  • Lake Kawaguchi

    Yamanashi Things to Do

    Take a cruise on Lake Kawaguchi and view Mount Fuji........awesome........winter is better........snow covered Mount Fuji is beautiful. You can take the cable car and view Mount Fuji and the lake too.......but long queues for cable car on holidays.......enjoy Yamanashi Wine at one of the many restaurants on the lake side.

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  • Ginza

    4 out of 5 stars

    Tokyo Things to Do

    At first I don't have the money to shop here. This is the luxury shopping district in Tokyo. We do not have a shopping district like this in Belgium, this is enormously place. This is a place for shopaholic where one can shop till they drop. Ginza is not only for shoppers, is also for visitors who has no money like us (laugh). Incredibly massive...

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  • Kiyomizu Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    This temple on a hill overlooking Kyoto was founded in 780 AD by the third Shogun, Iemitsu. This temple has extensive grounds and some of the best views over Kyoto. The temple is one of the world heritage sites in Kyoto.

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  • Universal Studios Japan (USJ)

    4 out of 5 stars

    Osaka Things to Do

    in japanese that ture but still loads for fun for those who have never been to universal stuido of usa. just access the site of universal sutio and you will understand everthing , it is a very elaborative site. go exatcly 9, when it starts opening and run for the famous rides to finish it early. i loved spider man , back to the future , jurasic...

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  • Minato Mirai 21

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Yokohama Things to Do

    Minato Mirai, officially Minato Mirai 21, is the Central Business District of Yokohama. The area began development in 1983 on what was previously an industrial area. The most prominent building is the Landmark Tower, Japan's tallest skyscraper, which was completed in 1993 and stands 972 feet high.

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  • Higashiyama Park, Zoo and Botanic Garden

    Nagoya Things to Do

    Higashiyama Koen(Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden, Higashiyama Park, Nagoya Zoo and Botanic Garden) is the second popular zoo in Japan in 2010 with 2.18 million annual visitors twice as large figure as that of Nagoya castle and used to be the largest of its kind in Asia before the second world war. The park which has about 60 ha in area is...

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  • City Overview

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Pales in comparison to Hakodate's which is more pedestrian friendly. Mainly a street of seafood vendors and restaurants. Prices are steeper than Hakodate - suggest you give it a miss if you have visited the one in Hakodate.

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  • Miyajima

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    Miyajima, or Shrine Island, is the nickname for the island formally named Itsukushima. The island is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, which was established in the 6th Century, and it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Next to the main shrine is Daiganji Temple, constructed around 1200 AD. Leading from the ferry docks to the shrine is a...

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  • Chinatown (Nankin-Machi)

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Kobe Things to Do

    Chinatown's center square is marked by a small lantern pavilion with a Chinese boy and girl in front. The square is surrounded by twelve carved statures representing the zodiac signs imported from China. Each says something about not climbing on sitting on them. The square is surrounded by some of the most popular restaurants in Chinatown,...

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  • Nara Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nara Things to Do

    Nara is home to several thousand sika deer, or spotted deer, many of whom are as tame as house pets, allowing visitors to feed and pet them, as well as take photographs with them. Buy some "shika sembei" (deer biscuits) to give the animals a healthy treat, but be warned, they may try to steal other snacks from your pockets, like papers and candy....

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  • Koko-en Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Himeji Things to Do

    Just to the left of the entrance to Himeji Castle is the Kokoen Garden. Although the garden has no real history (it was built in the 1990s), it features 9 different areas meant to represent different landscaping styles of the Edo Period. The first area is probably the nicest, with beautiful waterfalls and a large lake. Each of the nine areas are...

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  • Kenroku-en Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kanazawa Things to Do

    This is second recognized garden in japan, and it is really a beautiful garden to walk and ponder in. you can have a green tea ceremony too. on the gates there is a plenty of souvenirs shop. only Japanese food booths are offered. so better get your favorite lunch box with you.

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  • Hida Folk Village

    Takayama Things to Do

    Takayama is often used as a base to visit the near-by Shirakawa-go - or bypassed completely as people only head to the World Heritage site. However, Takayama has its own historic Hida Folk Village and for Y900 you can get a return bus fare from Takayama station and entry to the village. (This compares to Y4500 for the 1/2 day isite tour and then...

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  • Skyscrapers in Shinjuku

    Shinjuku Things to Do

    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: Shinjuku i-land Tower opened in 1995 is best known by the LOVE sculpture near the main entrance of the building. The main tower is as tall as 190 meters, and has fourty-four floors. The building has been used as offices, shopping spaces and condominium. The complex also has a shopping and restaurant mall.

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  • Zenkoji Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nagano Things to Do

    The Rokujizō are located to the right of the Daikanjin. The Rokujizō are statues of the six Bodhisattvas, who gave up Buddhist enlightenment, in order to provide salvation to others. The Bodhisattvas are said to be able to commune with the six realms of hell, starvation, beasts, carnage, human beings and divine beings.

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  • Five-Tiered Pagoda

    Miyajima Things to Do

    Miyajima's Five-Storied Pagoda, or gojūnoto, is a vermillion-colored tower that stands 27 meters tall and is located on a hill next to the main Itsukushima Shrine. Constructed in 1407 and rebuilt in 1533, the tower is dedicated to the Buddhist god of medicine. It was declared one of Japan's Specially Preserved Buildings in 1900 and last...

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  • Kibiji District (Kibi Plains)

    Okayama Things to Do

    Kibitsuhiko Shrine is dedicated to Prince Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto, who is known for being the heroine of the tale that, over time, became the famous tale of Momotaro! The main shrine was rebuilt in 1697. It was built in the Sangensha Nagare architectural style, which is quite beautiful and impressive. The pathway leading up to the shrine has ponds...

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  • Hokoji Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Hamamatsu Things to Do

    A group of 500 Buddha disciple statues, also known as Rakan statues, arahan statues, or arhat statues is one of the major fixtures of Japanese Buddhist temples. In most cases they are made of stone but some temples house wooden ones. And don't blame the temples if you find out the number of statues are not exactly 500. It simply means that many. In...

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  • Hasedera Temple

    Kamakura Things to Do

    Hase-dera Temple, officially known as Kaikōzan Jishōin Hase-dera, was founded in 736 AD. According to legend, a priest at the original Hase-dera Temple in Nara carved two giant statues of Kannon from a single tree. He placed the first statue in in the temple in Nara, and set the second adrift in the ocean in 721 AD. Fifteen years later,...

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