Japan Travel Guide

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    Shinagawa #17: Yatsuyama Bridge
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    Shinagawa #17: Yatsuyama Bridge
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Tokyo

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4337,11072,541

Kyoto

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1941,6255,385

Osaka

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886,2565,318

Nagoya

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412,1114,176

Hiroshima

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461,1309,131

Yokohama

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342,1052,132

Kobe

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206,652,122

Nara

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258,1049,81

Himeji

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194,517,30

Sasebo

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119,209,39

Sapporo

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178,439,174

Fukuoka

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258,453,196

Shinjuku

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115,330,84

Okayama

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105,335,79

Miyajima

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137,551,0

Narita

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139,286,24

Kanazawa

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140,370,98

Takayama

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183,672,215

Nikko

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301,916,214

Hakone

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151,645,9

Niigata

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147,348,82

Nagano

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82,189,112

Nagasaki

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151,379,98

Hamamatsu

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106,290,93

Yokosuka

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23,40,19

Kitakyushu

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102,196,62

Kawasaki

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56,140,52

Kumamoto

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77,186,98

Kamakura

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138,473,17

Odawara

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26,81,18

Sendai

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82,183,150

Toyama

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49,93,91

Chiba

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57,120,43

Hakodate

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81,245,107

Matsumoto

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71,294,206

Beppu

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79,172,109

Otaru

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47,156,31

Okinawa

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46,39,38

Iwakuni

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25,28,16

Matsuyama

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124,212,86

Shizuoka

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98,283,93

Tachikawa

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48,249,20

Koyasan

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34,155,0

Naha

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55,166,138

Kagoshima

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42,70,76

Harajuku

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46,180,0

Gotemba

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29,92,25

Utsunomiya

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25,61,50

Mishima

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38,108,12

Kawagoe

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43,201,1

Tokyo

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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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  • Park Hyatt Tokyo

    Tokyo Hotels

    The Park Hyatt Tokyo is everything I expected from the highest quality of hotels. All of the staff...

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  • McDonald's

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Tokyo Restaurants

    Every country has unique items at McDonald's and Japan is no different. We made it a point to visit McD's once during our trip and got to partake in these delicious Japanese items: - Ebi-O-Filet: Similar to a fish filet but made with "ebi" (Japanese for shrimp) pattie - Shaka Shaka: Special seasoning to add to fries - Green Tea McFlurry If you...

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Kyoto

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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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  • Hotel Granvia Kyoto

    Kyoto Hotels

    We stayed 3 nights at Kyoto Granvia Hotel from Feb. 27 to Mar 1, 2008. We paid Yen 17,600 per night,...

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  • Kaiten zushi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Restaurants

    One of the must-have eating experiences on any visit to Japan is a visit to a kaiten or conveyor- belt sushi restaurant, and this one in Kyoto is a great example. On the ground floor (or first floor I guess, since the Japanese follow the US convention in numbering floors) is a counter where diners perch on stools and choose from the plates that...

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Osaka

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  • Osaka Castle

    Osaka Things to Do

    Osaka Castle has a wonderful observation deck on the 8th floor (which might be the fifth floor above the entrance level. Since the tower is built on a high hill, and the surrounding area is mostly park with no tall buildings, the tower feels even taller, actually 50 meters above the city. Nearby the tower are the castle grounds, now mostly park,...

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  • Dotonbori Hotel Osaka

    Osaka Hotels

    I've personally stayed in this hotel twice in my previous 2 trips to Osaka. Famous for their...

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  • Dotonbori Street

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Osaka Restaurants

    I could give you a long list of recommended places to eat but I'm afraid they would be useless to you. The action at the street level is so thick that a tourist has little chance of being able to locate one specific location, unless they can read Japanese and have a GPS. I don't think it's to your benefit to spend a lot of time hunting down...

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Nagoya

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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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  • Marriott Nagoya

    Nagoya Hotels

    I stayed here 3 nights with my wife. Our business partner booked us for Yen 22,500 per night. When I...

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  • Nagoya Station

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nagoya Restaurants

    When I arrived in Nagoya station I was really hungry so VTer Yujiro took me to a restaurant in Nagoya station. There are endless amounts of restaurants.... everything is displayed outside the restaurant. So you can just point and you will be safe.

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Hiroshima

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  • Peace Park and Memorial Museum

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    A hypocenter is defined as the point directly below the center of the explosion of an atomic bomb, but it is also used to refer to the point in the earth where an earthquake occurs. In Hiroshima, the hypocenter of the atomic bombing of 6 August 1945 is marked by a small plaque 580 feet below the point of the airborne explosion. The plaque stands...

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  • Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima

    Hiroshima Hotels

    (last date stayed - Aug. 24, 2007) Rihga Royal Hotel single room - JPY 13,000 5% consumption tax...

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  • Okonomi-mura

    4 out of 5 stars

    Hiroshima Restaurants

    Okonomiyaki is like a thin pancake, with cabbage, ginger, noodles, egg and a host of other things to choose from. You’ll find no better place to sample okonomiyaki than in Hiroshima. Okonomi-mura has 3 floors of okonomiyaki restaurants packed into one place and you can’t wrong with any of them. You won’t be sorry for going there! If you’re like me,...

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Yokohama

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  • Chinatown

    Yokohama Things to Do

    North Gate of Chinatown often referred by the Japanese as Genbumon and Xianwumen by the Chinese, is often used as an exit to get to Yokohama Park and Yokohama Stadium before reaching Kannai Station. The gate has been said to serve as the guardian of the town during the night. The deity Xian Wu one of the Chinese Four Signs is also known as Black...

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  • Intercontinental The Grand Yokohama

    Yokohama Hotels

    Grand Intercontinental Hotel is an international chain hotel in Yokohama that is classified as a...

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  • Shinyokohama Ramen Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Yokohama Restaurants

    Shinasobaya Ramen is one of the 9 or 10 restaurants at the Shinyokohama Ramen Museum near Shinyokohama Station in Yokohama. At this B1F restaurant, you have to order at a vending machine that is entirely in Japanese, and take the ticket into the restaurant to get your food. The delicious ramen is served with salt or soy broth for about 800 Yen for...

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Kobe

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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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  • Portopia Hotel

    Kobe Hotels

    Nice Hotel but in business district price was approx Sing $ 138 p night , not including breakfast...

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  • Orix Buffaloes Baseball

    Kobe Things to Do

    The Orix Bufflaoes, of the Nippon Professional Baseball league, began play in 2005 after the Orix BlueWave of Kobe merged with the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Osaka. The team continues to play home games in both Kobe and Osaka.

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Nara

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  • Todaiji Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nara Things to Do

    Todaiji Temple means Great Eastern Temple. It was constructed in 752. It became the head temple of all the Buddhist temples of Japan and later grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in an attempt to reduce Todaiji's power and influence. Todaiji's main hall is the world's largest wooden building. It is home to one...

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  • Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara-eki

    Nara Hotels

    After a disappointing stay at the Super Hotel in Kyoto, I thought that this branch would be similar...

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  • Pet and Feed the Nara Deer

    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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Himeji

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  • Himeji Castle

    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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  • Comfort Hotel Himeji

    Himeji Hotels

    For about $50.00 a night this is a great place to stay. The rooms are perfect for one with every...

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  • BaoBab

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Himeji Restaurants

    We went to this place in April of 2008 following HeyWink's tip. It was a great place! A huge party had just cleared out and within minutes the place was spotless. It has a very cute Japanese-Hippy vibe and the food was delicious. The menu was in English and Japanese. We had Dal, Turmeric Rice, Naan with glistening black sesame seeds, and Thai Red...

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Sasebo

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  • Moving to Japan and want to bring your...

    Sasebo Warnings and Dangers

    The key thing to note is that, for most , the process will take at least seven (7) months from the date of the first rabies vaccination, so advance planning is critical. We are told there are no exceptions and that animals which have not met all requirements described below will have to be quarantined upon arrival until all are met.

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  • Chisun Grand Sasebo

    Sasebo Hotels

    if you want to stay in a good hotel with more room space I'd choose this one...unless you can find...

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  • Japanese Baseball in Fukuoka

    Sasebo Sports & Outdoors

    The japanese are fanatics when it comes to baseball. If you come to Sasebo, look at a trip to Fukuoka for a baseball game!The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks is a Japanese baseball team based in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture. The team was bought on January 28, 2005 by SoftBank Corporation.

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Sapporo

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  • Sapporo railway station

    Sapporo Transportation

    Trains is the best way to travel around in Japan. If you take the train from Sapporo to Tokyo, for instance, you will go cross the tunnel called Seikan, one of the longest in the world but in the tunnel you would see nothing, only darkness.

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  • Sapporo Grand Hotel

    Sapporo Hotels

    This is Hokkaido's first Western Style hotel, founded in 1934. It's a 5 or 6 star hotel and very...

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  • Motorcycle Rental in Sapporo

    Sapporo Transportation

    It is possible to rent a Motorcycle in Sapporo. There are a number of rental shops. The one I use is the Eagle Motorcycle Rental shop located in Shiroshi Don't think about renting a motorcycle to ride in the snow ( November to April ). Outside winter, Hokkaido provides some excellent riding opportunities. Be sure to bring your International Drivers...

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Fukuoka

See all 258 Fukuoka Tips
  • November Grand Sumo Tournament

    Fukuoka Sports & Outdoors

    Grand Sumo Tournaments are held six times annually, and in Fukuoka one of them is held in November. In 2013 season, November tournament is now being held at Fukuoka Kokusai Center from November 10 to 23. The detailed information can be found at http://sumo.pia.jp/en/sumo11.jsp

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  • Hotel Nikko Fukuoka

    Fukuoka Hotels

    I really relaxed to stay in this hotel. This hotel is typically authentic one. Westren style hotel...

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  • Kyushu Pass

    Fukuoka Transportation

    From Hakata Station it is possible to purchase a Kyushu rail pass either for Northern Kyushu or for the whole of Kyushu. We always purchase the 3 day Northern Kyushu pass for 7000 yen and have used it to go to Kumamoto, Beppu, through Aso, Nagasaki and Kitakyushu.The 5 day pass for Norhern Kyushu is 9000 yen. 3 day pass fo all Kyushu is 14.000 yen...

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Shinjuku

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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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  • ibis Tokyo Shinjuku

    Shinjuku Hotels

    This chain hotel is in an excellent location if you want to explore the bright lights of Tokyo. Step...

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  • Kita Sando (North Approarch)

    Shinjuku Things to Do

    Yoyogi Tip: Redevelopment of Shinjuku area has recently expanded southward and at Yoyogi located between Shinjuku and Harajuku could someday be devoured into the part of area called MINAMI SHINJUKU. Kita-sando or North Approach, however, gives the solace, serving as the last stand against extreme urbanization of Tokyo. It is one of the three main...

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Okayama

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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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  • Toyoko Inn Okayama eki nishiguchi hiroba

    Okayama Hotels

    There are two Toyoko Inns nearby one another in Okayama at the west exit of Okayama Station. This is...

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  • Ajitsukasa Nomura

    Okayama Restaurants

    Okayama is more of a food city than many traveler's realize and Demi-Katsudon is one of the famous dishes of Okayama. Of all the places where you can try it, Ajitsukasa Nomura is considered by many to be the best (although Yamato is also popular). The Demi-Katsudon served here consists of rice on the bottom followed by a bit of steamed cabbage....

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Miyajima

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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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  • Tahoto (Two-Story Pagoda)

    Miyajima Things to Do

    The Tahoto, Two-Story Pagoda, was constructed around 1523. Originally a Buddhist Temple, it was converted to a Shinto Shrine during the Meiji Restoration. The pagoda is surrounded with cherry trees, making it a good local spot for hanami in the springtime.

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  • Itsukushima's Noh Stage

    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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taigaa001's Profile Photo Updated Apr 12, 2015

Sakura(Cherri Blossoms) update:  At Hirosaki castle park in Hirosaki, Aomori the cherry blossoms is expected to start blooming around April 18. Peak sesson there is expected around 22nd or...