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Culture

Amazing Akita
4 months ago

Amazing Akita

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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Head North to Aomori
4 months ago

Head North to Aomori

The name Aomori literally means ”blue (or green) forest”, and is believed to refer to a small-ish forest on a hill near present day Aomori City, used as a …
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Dig Into Iwate
4 months ago

Dig Into Iwate

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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Kyoto Tango Railway
5 months ago

Kyoto Tango Railway

The Kyoto Tango railway, or Tantetsu, is in fact a network of three lines, The Miyafuku Line connects Miyazu with Fuchiyama, the Miyamai Line connects Nishi-Maizuru with Miyazu, and the …
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Lake Towada
5 months ago

Lake Towada

Several major volcanic eruptions formed this lake, with the most recent one, back in 915 AD, giving the lake its current shape. Lake Towada (Towadako), roughly 44km in circumference, …
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The Archipelago of Matsushima
6 months ago

The Archipelago of Matsushima

Matsushima is one of the Nihon Sankei or “Three Great Sights of Japan”. It is located only 25 kilometres from Sendai, and is what we would consider a must …
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Along the Oirase River
6 months ago

Along the Oirase River

This picturesque river is only 14 kilometers long, but one of the most well visited scenic spots in Aomori prefecture. The fact that it is part of the larger …
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Yamadera, the mountain temple
6 months ago

Yamadera, the mountain temple

The proper name of this temple is Risshaku-ji, but most people use the informal name Yamadera, meaning “mountain temple”, instead. The reason why will be obvious as soon as …
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Moerenuma Park, Sapporo
6 months ago

Moerenuma Park, Sapporo

Moerenuma Park offers things to do and see all year round. Enjoy a picnic surrounded by cherry blossom trees during spring, and go for a dip at the artificial …
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Scenic Train Routes – Resort Shirakami
7 months ago

Scenic Train Routes – Resort Shirakami

The Gono Line runs between Higashi-Noshiro station in Akita Prefecture, to Kawabe in Aomori, a 147 km long stretch, most of it along the shore of the Sea of …
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Ueno Park
7 months ago

Ueno Park

Ueno is one of the major hubs in northeastern Tokyo, and an important waypoint for travelers to and from Narita airport. However, just a few minutes from the bustling …
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Haunted Tokyo
7 months ago

Haunted Tokyo

For most of us, Halloween is more of a party than anything, but Japanese ghost stories? They’re not for the faint of heart. In the immortal words of Dante Alighieri, …
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