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Posts By Marky Star

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Amazing Akita
1 month ago

Amazing Akita

By  •  Culture

When thinking of Akita Prefecture, a few things instantly come to mind. First and foremost delicious rice and sake (highest sake consumption in Japan!) and, of course, Namahage (red and blue …
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See Japan By Bus
1 month ago

See Japan By Bus

By  •  Traveling

When you think of traveling around Japan, you probably think of the world class train network and the king of all high speed trains, the shinkansen. That said, there are …
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Dig Into Iwate
1 month ago

Dig Into Iwate

By  •  Culture

Iwate prefecture takes its name from the picturesque volcano, Mt. Iwate, which erupted in 1732 and covered the northeastern side of the mountain with 5-10 meters of black lava called …
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Tochigi City – Kuranomachi
2 months ago

Tochigi City – Kuranomachi

By  •  Traveling

Tochigi City is one of the Kanto Area’s best kept secrets. Nicknamed Kuranomachi, or “Kura Town,” it’s home to a plethora of kura, traditional storehouses, the majority of which …
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Welcome to Matsumoto
3 months ago

Welcome to Matsumoto

By  •  Traveling

Located in the center of Nagano Prefecture, Matsumoto is one of our favorite cities in Japan. It’s beautiful, compact, and super tourist friendly. Due to its central location, it’s a …
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Where to Eat in Matsumoto
3 months ago

Where to Eat in Matsumoto

By  •  Traveling

Asada 浅田

is a small, family owned restaurant within walking distance of the Matsumoto Station that specializes in handmade Shinshu soba. The restaurant enjoys the reputation of being one …
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What to See in Matsumoto
3 months ago

What to See in Matsumoto

By  •  Traveling

Matsumoto Castle 松本城

was the seat of government for the Matsumoto Domain during the Edo Period. Its iconic black tenshu, or keep, lies directly on the inner moat and …
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What to Do in Matsumoto
3 months ago

What to Do in Matsumoto

By  •  Traveling

Go Shopping in Nakamachi 中町通り商店街

is the name of the area just south of , and lies along the bank of the Metoba River from Daimyocho Street to just …
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Famous Things in Matsumoto
3 months ago

Famous Things in Matsumoto

By  •  Traveling

Soba 信州そば

Soba, or buckwheat noodles, are generally called Shinshu soba in Nagano – Shinshu being the ancient name of this part of the country. Nagano is famous for soba …
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Welcome to the Kiso Valley
3 months ago

Welcome to the Kiso Valley

By  •  Traveling

The Kiso Path and the Nakasendo Highway

The Kiso Valley refers to the area between the Central Alps and Northern Alps in southwest Nagano, part of the old Shinano Province …
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What to do in the Kiso Valley
3 months ago

What to do in the Kiso Valley

By  •  Traveling

Visit Old Post Towns on the Old Nakasendo Highway

Kisoji (the Kiso Path) is a stretch of the Old Nakasendo Highway that passes through the mountains from Shinchaya in the …
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What to See in the Kiso Valley
3 months ago

What to See in the Kiso Valley

By  •  Traveling

Tsumago-juku 妻籠宿

Tsumago was a post town on the Nakasendo Highway. In the Edo Period it was a thriving commercial center, but after the construction of the Chuo Line to …
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