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- Historic Sites

Mameta-machi

KYUSHU

 Mameta-machi near Hita Station is the area where the feature of the Edo Era is still left,so it is fun to walk along the lane where the white walls of the merchants’ houses, warehouses are lined.In particular, during the period of Hina Festival held from the middle of February to March,tourists may experience the Japanese traditional cultures, which is strongly recommended....

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Motomachi

HOKKAIDO

Many buildings of foreign architectural style remain here, as foreigners began to live heresince the opening of the port for trading with foreign countries.The Russian church, the Catholic Church, the English Church, the  British Consulate at that time , the Russian Consulateand the public hall are still here.The Hakodate Port can fully be seen from the top of the slope....

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Red Brick Warehouse Street

HOKKAIDO

At the bottom of the slope of Motomachi, there are old piers of Hakodate Port and Hakodatehas been developed around here.Red brick buildings which once were used as warehouses are now used as tourist facilitiessuch as souvenir shops or restaurants.There are also embarkation grounds of cruise....

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Goryokaku Fort

HOKKAIDO

It is the pentagon-shaped ruins of a castle of the Western style which was once the center of Boshin Warat the end of the Edo period.A lot of cherry trees are planted around the moat of the ruins of the castle and now the castle is close toHakodate citizens as a famous place of the viewing of cherry blossom.The form of the pentagon moat can be observed from the Goryokaku Tower near the ruins of th...

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Sannai-maruyam Remains

TOHOKU

It is a remains of an ancient tribe 13000 years ago, located in the southwest of Aomori City.In the wide site there are large columns, residence for gatherings, private residences.Besides living sites, there are graves of adults and children, wooden products, ceramics, a cinema room.Tourists also visit the excavation spot in process. It is a really meaningful facility.Tourists can have relaxing ti...

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Samurai Residences

TOHOKU

Visiting at the samurai residences is recommended in the season of cherry in blossom,but its good atmosphere lasts through a year.There are two samurai residences.One is called Uchimachi area, a 10-minute walk away southwest to Kakunodate Station,the other is called Tamachi close to the station.Between the two,Uchimachi area has more remaining original facilities.Big residences such as Ishiguro Fa...

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Ando Miso Factory

TOHOKU

It is a miso fermenting factory in Tamachi area of Kakunodate.It is a typical house of a business magnate in the Edo period, which is worth seeing.The brilliance of a room used as a storehouse and local events strain eyes in particular....

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Kata Branch School

TOHOKU

An unused elementary school has been preserved and is open to the public.It is a good chance to know about Japanese old rural elementary school...

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Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial

KANTO

The Villa was used as a sanitarium of the Imperial Family.It is a wooden building surrounded by the beautiful garden in a spacious site, is now open to the public.It is close enough to walk to from Toshogu Shrine....

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The Italian Embassy Villa Memorial

KANTO

The previous Italian Embassy Villa Memorial has now been revived and is open to the public.It is decorated with the peel of cedars interiorly and exteriorly,and is a perfect combination of Japanese cedars and a western building.The site of the villa memorial on the shore of Lake Chuzenji is a relaxing park....

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Megane-bashi(Megane Bridge)

KANTO

The 31meters high, 91 meters long brick-arched bridge is the biggest in Japanwhich is on the hiking trail of Apt-no-michi.The access is possible to the bridge girder by car, and the worm's-eye view is grand....

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Moto-Hakone Sekibutsu/Sekito-gun

KANTO

The important cultural property of the country along National Road No.1.There is a trail near a small pond called the Shojin Pond and Sekibutu or stone statue buddhas,and towers for the repose of souls made about in 1200 are here and there.The image of Buddha inscribed on the polished cliff called the Rokugojizo is in particular worth seeing.There is also a history museum on the shoreline of Shoji...

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Hakone old road hiking

KANTO

It is a well-known trail to walk on the old road (Tokaido) of Hakone which is different from the current national highways.This hiking trail is a route from Hakone Yumoto to Lake Ashinoko,but from Hakone-machi , Ashinoko lakeside to Hakone Yumoto going down the mountain, which is easier.You can enjoy the atmosphere of the road of the old mountain pass via a row of cedar trees, the historic spots....

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Matsuzaki

CHUBU

Matsuzaki is the only plain town in mountainous West Izu, and the outer walls of the storehousesas the cityscape were made to prevent fire, to insulate and to proof damp in the Meiji period.Chohachi Art Museum and Iwashina Elementary School are the tourist attractionsthat are worth stopping by while walking along the street....

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Iwashina Elementary School

CHUBU

The building was an elementary school which was built in 1880,a combination of Japanese, Western and Chinese architecture.It is surprising that such a splendid elementary school was built insuch a small town in that time....

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Utsunoya Pass Hiking

CHUBU

It is a hiking route going around the former stage of Former Tokaido Roadmade with the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu.And the mountain pass, and the state of that time remains unchanged throughwhich tourists can experience the history....

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Muroiwa Cave

CHUBU

In the hand-drilling quarry of the Edo period, there is a passage in a cave with the electricityand the cave is tasteful of exploration.When you pass through the tunnel, you can see an inlet,and it is good that you can see Mount Fuji suddenly....

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Matsushiro Town

CHUBU

Matsushiro Town has preserved its ancient historical buildings.It is located in the south of Nagano city, and can be reached in 30 min by bus.There are many sights to see such as the remains of a castle,  Samurai residences, an old school,a treasure museum and Japan`s underground military base during the world warⅡ.It is very attractive small town....

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Matsumoto Castle

CHUBU

This castle is one of four national treasure castles(Himeji Castle, Hikone Castle, Inuyama Castle) in Japan.The oldest Tenshu (watchtower) remains.You can get unique perspectives of the grand Tenshu(watchtower) against the backdrop ofthe Japanese Northern Alps in different seasons.This watchtower has a characteristic black wall.It is one of the greatest castles in Japan....

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Nakamachi ・Nawate Streets

CHUBU

These streets will take the visitor back to the Edo period.Old black tiled houses and white joints in the wood supports are typical of that period.You will surely love the walk, and the feeling of at home there....

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The Former Kaichi School

CHUBU

The school was built for elementary school about 150 years ago.This building was designed with western and Japanese mixed styles.It holds a museum and important cultural property and plenty of nostalgia in a beautiful place now....

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Spring Water

CHUBU

There is an abundance of ground water in the urban area of Matsumoto city.There are water canals to bring water for the daily use of citizens, for fighting fires.A moat around the town was built during the Edo period.You can get a map of the various spring water installations at the 3rd floor information booth in Matsumoto station....

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Aoni Rice Terraces

CHUBU

The terraces are made with stone walls.There are also well-preserved Kayabuki(thatched) Roof Houses that were built during the periodbetween Edo period to Meiji period in Aoni settlement.You can have glorious views of Hakuba`s mountain range and Japanese landscape of the Rice Terraces.There are no restaurants or souvenir shops in the Aoni Rice Settlement.It is to protect the serene life of the inh...

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Kaikoen

CHUBU

Kaikoen is Komoro Castle site, a castle usually is built on the hill for the defense throughout the world,yet, this castle called "the hole castle" was built at a lower position, which is unusual in the whole country.In particular the gate and the stone wall remain unchanged as 400 years ago with its dignified personality.A literature house and a small zoo are in the site and people come to visit ...

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Tsumago

CHUBU

In a former post town lasting approximately 1km along a little river terrace where the river forms the Tsumago,a series of old wooden private houses and inns, and particularly the old cityscape is preserved in Japan.Entry of the normal cars to the village is prohibited according to the principle, so a visitor can enjoy a walk leisurely.There is nothing modernized here.There are only traditional lo...

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Otsumago

CHUBU

In the south of Tsumago, old wooden private houses more than 100 years gather and form Otsumago.The atmosphere of the village along the mountain stream is very good....

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Magome

CHUBU

An old village was burnt down by a fire about 100 years ago, it was restored to the original state after that.The town along the slope of the stone pavement along with the Tsumago lodging facilities over Magome Passis so popular that many tourists come to visit.Along two sides of the stone pavement, there are souvenir shops in a line with lodging buildingwhere ancient Daimyo (celebrities) stayed a...

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Jinbakami Observatory

CHUBU

It is the highest in the Magome village where the prospects of the Magome Streetand the beautiful Mount Ena nearby are perfectly nice....

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Asuke

CHUBU

The charm of Asuke is  in the town, and the feature of the townwhich prospered as a stage of the town called Sanshu ever has been still preserved.The traditional buildings such as the storehouse of the white wall, the lattice doorand the black boarded walls form the very tasteful town.Get some information at the visitor center in the downtown and enjoy your walk in the town. ...

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Sanshu-asukeyashiki

CHUBU

It was reproduced with a residence of a rich farmer in 1930s as its model,where tourists can know about the lives of that time.In addition, a craftsman demonstrates it in the facilities,which helps tourists know the old handworks of Japan....

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Iwamura Castle Ruins

CHUBU

It is the highest castle among the Japanese mountainous castles of 717m above sea level.It is really rare that one family possessed such a castle for 700 years since the Middle Ageswhich was built as a firm mountainous castle by using the steep topographyof pitch difference 180 meters skillfully.Only a stone wall is left, but the structure of the stone wall is really wonderful.Because there is muc...

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Iwamura town walking

CHUBU

The figure of a castle town built 700 years ago is in a small town among mountains.After a few blocks of streets, through the scenery of Japanese country, you can find Japanese true figure.The dolls for girls are displayed in the downtown during March in particular, and they are very beautiful.Don’t you want to visit here to look for the Very Japanese?...

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Inuyama Castle

CHUBU

Inuyamao Castle is one of the Japanese four major national treasure castles built in 1537.The Castle Tower built on the hill along the bank of the Kiso River is small,but wood used in the construction of the castle at the time remain unchanged,which helps to realize a Japanese castle truly.View of the Kiso River and scenes of the mountains seen from the Castle Tower are completely magnificent....

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Inuyama Castle Town

CHUBU

The castle and the outside of the castle surrounded by the moat is really beautiful.The atmosphere of the mall along the road from Inuyama Station to Inuyama Castleseems to be the one in the Middle Aged in Japan.You may have a tour leisurely around the town because there are not many tourists....

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Urakuen

CHUBU

Urakuen is a Japanese garden in the east of Inuyama Castle.There are a tea-ceremony room of more than 400 years and some small tea-ceremony rooms, bamboo grows thick and the garden with moss is spread all over, all of which is very tasteful.It is the national treasure here, too. ...

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Isobe Residence

CHUBU

Isobe residence is a traditional deep building of an old merchant's family.There are a storehouse and the exhibition room in the deepest part and is a very interesting building.It is just beside the Dondenkan....

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Dondenkan

CHUBU

Four festival cars of 8 meters high used at the festival are shown.It is an attraction that a day of the festival is shown by light and a soundto always feel the Inuyama festival throughout the year....

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Hakurankan

CHUBU

Because it demonstrates the Gujo dance,it is interesting to learn here if you are going to participate in a dance....

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Walking in the town

CHUBU

There are streets remaining with traditional houses, Kamicho and Shimocho in the center of the castle town,developed as a merchant town are so attractive that wherever you walk, it looks like a picture,which makes the whole downtown a museum of the Japanese houses.In addition, the technique of woodwork not only for building but also for furniture is inheritedbecause it has been accumulated and dev...

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Higashiyama Area

CHUBU

When a castle town was built in the old days, temples and shrine were move and built on the hill fieldwhich was said to be the start of Teramachi, Higashiyama, in a quiet atmosphere.The valuable Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines as prestigious cultural propertiesstand at the both sides of the street....

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Takayama-jinya

CHUBU

Jinya was government office in the Edo period, where various rooms at that time remain,and visitors can know some part of politics of the Edo period....

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Yataikaikan

CHUBU

The real stand used at the Takayama Festival is displayed here,tourists can watch the state of the Takayama Festival on video....

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Kusakabe Folk Art House

CHUBU

It is an old private house, through its structure and the space beauty,it may be called the collection of the techniques of building private houses in the Edo period....

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Yoshijima Residence

CHUBU

It was an old brewing maker, and, as for the beautiful wooden residence,the figure of the representative merchant's family of Takayama is kept in good condition with the beauty,it was built approximately 120 years ago....

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Hidatakayama-Machino Museum

CHUBU

It is a museum which helps know the history and lives of Takayama.Visit is free of charge....

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Hidanosato

CHUBU

Hidanosato is in the suburb of Takayama, which was an old precious private house of a rafter roof relocated and rebuilt.In addition, its facilities where the event inherited from old days and reminiscent lives of the good old farmingin the mountain village are really attractive.It is possible to see a-rafter-roof architecture of Gokayama and Shirakawa-go if you stop by....

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Godaido

TOHOKU

Godaido is a hall next to the pier bridge and the symbol of Matsushima.It was built in 1604, and now is an important cultural inheritance.Visitors feels its history rather than its flamboyance.Passing a small bridge is the building....

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Kanrantei

TOHOKU

Kanrantei is a typical Japanese tea house.kanran means the“place to view ripples on water”, so the sea views from the house is popular among tourists.It has a small museum, too....

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Matsuyama Castle

SHIKOKU

Matsuyama Castle is on the mountaintop of Mount Shiroyama of 132 meters above sea level in the center of Matsuyama City.The castle tower and castle walls of the Edo period are the last complete citadel.The view seen from the castle town is perfectly nice and an unmissable tourist spot of Matsuyama.It is not difficult to get to the castle because you can use a cable car or a lift....

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Shosoin

KANSAI

Shosoin was the warehouse of Todai-ji Temple.It is one of the important constructions along with Todai-ji Temple in Narawith its square log architecture that was prevalent at that time....

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Itsukushima Shrine

CHUGOKU

Itsukushima Shrine is famous for big red Torii which seems totally to float in the sea when the tide of the sea rises.We cannot help being attracted by the solemn red wooden main shrine, the corridor,the floor board without using any nails, the hanging lantern, the noh stage and the illuminations that are turned onwhen the sun sets, which makes the mysterious scene.It is a tourist attraction not t...

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Kenrokuen

CHUBU

Kenrokuen is the Japanese garden built for a long time by Maeda Family who governed this area more than 400 years ago.Trees are planted around a big pond in the garden, which is made to create the beauty of nature.It is easy to get because it is adjacent with the Kanazawa castle site.There is Seisonkaku Villa in the garden and a feudal lord prepared it for his wife as a retiring place....

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Higashi-chayamachi

CHUBU

As for Chayamachi, it is like current cafe or restaurant street, shopsprovide Japanese green tea and cakes are called Chaya (means tea house).It is the biggest tea house street in Kanazawawhere traditional old Japanese wooden houses form a street....

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Shima

CHUBU

Shima is in Higashi-chayamachi, where various articles used in the old days in a teahouse are displayed.It is designated as the important cultural proper of the country,it may be a sample of Japanese teahouse culture....

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Gyokusenen

CHUBU

Gyokusenen is a Japanese garden near the Kenrokuen Garden with a tea house in it,where tourists can experience the tea ceremony. ...

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Samurai Residence of Terashima-kurando

CHUBU

There is a beautiful small Japanese garden in the residence and it is a tea room too.A tourist can have a relaxing time because of few people.  ...

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Kazuemachi-chayamachi

CHUBU

This teahouse is close to Higashi-chayamachi, but it is quieter than there,and the scene along the river is very charming....

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Nagamachi Samurai Residence Street

CHUBU

Trace of the house of the samurai remains in the Naga-machi samurai residence nearby,located near the Kanazawa Castle site,and the cityscapes of the earthen wall, city water and stone pavementreally makes tourists feel its calm atmosphere....

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Samurai Residence of Nomura Family

CHUBU

It is the only samurai residence for the visitors to be allowed to enter, in Naga-machi,where the typical residence of the old-time high level samurai is seen.   ...

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Ashigaru Archives Hall

CHUBU

Ashigaru means a common soldier of lower-class samurai,who lived a poor life unlike a higher-class samurai.This museum was relocated and rebuilt the old house of the common soldierand displays the life of the common soldier....

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Okayama Korakuen Garden

CHUGOKU

Korakuen Garden is adjacent to Okayama Castle, and there are Enyoutei which was a living room of the Daimyo,a noh (talent) stage, a pond, a plum grove, and a tea plantation.There are grasses planted which is unusual for a Japanese garden.The bright atmosphere is different from other....

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Old-taisya Station

CHUGOKU

It is a deserted JR station building with a rare shrine style of wooden constructionwhich is designated as the important cultural property of Japan.The whole building including VIP room, Logo of Station name and platformwhere Torii of Izumo Taisha Shrine is seen remain unchanged, and the old office is used as a coffee shop.It is a romantic station building which seems to have a time trip to those ...

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Hagi  Samurai Residence

CHUGOKU

The eaves of old samurai residences are linked together from the outer moat of old Hagi Castleto the outer side of the Castle town.They are reserved so well that the state of that time remains unchanged.The beautiful cityscape of white walls and the blackboard walls continues to extend,and is dotted with the grounds of the connection of samurai’s reform.It is a place never to be able to be missed ...

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Kanamaruza

SHIKOKU

Kanabaruza is the oldest Japanese playhouse which was developed as then entertainmentfor the people visiting Konpiragu Shrine in the Edo period.Kabuki shows have been continuing even after various changes historically.It is a precious playhouse where the atmosphere of the Edo period remains unchanged,and it is open to visit even in case of no performance....

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Yokaichi-gokoku District

SHIKOKU

It is a 600 meters long street where traditionally made houses and mansions of the business magnates of that timelink one by one.The yellow earthen walls are impressive.These walls make the beautiful scenery that unique yellow earthen walls are contrasted to the white painted plasterwith local soil.Have a leisure walk and experience the Japanese tradition.There is a townscape preservation center f...

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Uchikoza

SHIKOKU

Uchikoza is a theater of two-storied wooden construction with Japanese tradition built in 1916.Performances are carried out regularly now and in case of no performances, it is possible to visit it.Those who have once watched the Kabuki can understand the internal structure,but it is remembered that the true image of the Japanese playhouse is preserved so well and impressive.The playhouse waits for...

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Sennenmon

KYUSHU

The Thousand Years Gate is the entrance that leads to Hakata templeswhere visitors can see the Hakata historical area of old shrines and temples.It is a newly built gate that has become the symbol of temple area....

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Yusentei Park

KYUSHU

Yusentei Park is a Japanese garden which was created as a villa for the feudal lord in the mid-Edo period.The visitor can also visit two ceremony rooms overlooking garden with pond and the beautiful viewis exceptional in autumn .Though not large, visitors can enjoy its quiet and calm atmosphere....

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Genko Museum

KYUSHU

Genko Museum is famous for its manuscript of the Mongol empire invasion in the middle ages.It also exhibits artilleries of both the Mongol and samurai armor and painting depicting the war.It is in the East Park with the Fukuoka prefectural government.The ruin of the battle of Genko remains in the coastal part of Fukuoka. ...

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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

KYUSHU

On August 9, 1945, Nagasaki was bombed by an atomic bomb.Documents and photographs of the damage by an atomic bomb,a part of a damaged building and a clock which stopped at 11:02 are shown here.What we should do is not build such a museum for the second time....

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Nagasaki Peace Park

KYUSHU

It is from the Atomic Bomb Museum, a monument is built here and naturally becomes the Peace park.It was said that tree and plants would not grow in the following 70 years at the time of the atomic bomb,but 30 kinds of plants sent out buds one month later.The life of the earth continues, but the memory has stopped.It is a common word that human beings cannot forget not only HIROSHIMA but also NAGAS...

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Oura Church

KYUSHU

It is a Catholic church and an existing oldest wooden Gothic building in Japan which was built in 1865.The official name is the Church of 26 Holy Japanese Martyrs.As its name shows it was built for 26 martyrs, which is located in Nishizaka of Nagasaki Citywhere 26 Catholics martyrized....

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Glover Mansion

KYUSHU

Glover Mansion was built in 1863 where a Scottish businessman called Thomas Brake Glover once lived.It is the oldest one among the existing wooden western-style houses in Japan.Glover gave money to the Japanese revolutionists at the time, and stayed in Nagasaki even after the Meiji Restoration,left his marks in the Japanese industrial history.The mansion is located on the hill with a perfect view....

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Twenty-six Martyrs Museum

KYUSHU

In the Medieval Ages, Japan prohibited the Christianity.However, many people believed in the Christianity surreptitiously,26 martyrs were executed on the hill of Nishizaka in Nagasaki.The Oura Catholic Church was built for these martyrs....

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Meganebashi Bridge

KYUSHU

It is the oldest arched stone bridge in Japan.Tourists may feel history through walking along the banks of River Nakashimawhere the Meganebashi Bridge crosses....

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Yachiyoza

KYUSHU

Yachiyoza is a playhouse built by the businessmen of Yamaga.It is a splendid traditional theater which has classical styles and a revolving stage of the Edo period.Yamaga was the hub of the transportation and the base of logistic during its most prosperous period.Yachiyoza was built for enjoying the high level of culture and art then and of course the symbol of prosperity.Though declined once, it ...

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Sakurayu

KYUSHU

Sakurayu was started 370 years ago, which is the biggest public bathhouse of the architecture of the Edo period in Kyushu.Together with Yachiyo-za, it is the symbolic building of Yamaga City.It is recommended to take a bath in order to know the Japanese hot spring culture.It is next to the information center....

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Chiyonosono Beverages

KYUSHU

It was founded in 1896. Customers may try it before buying.Near it, there is a unique building built 150 years ago which is suitable for photography.It is good to enjoy old cityscape by stroll in this neighborhood as well as this brewing company....

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Kikuchi Castle

KYUSHU

It is a historic park recovered from the castle site built 1300 years ago.The octagonal tower, warehouse and barracks are reconstructed but touristsare interested in knowing the construction technology of that era.Yet, as it is far from Yamaga City, have enough time in case of using a rental bicycle....

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Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots

KYUSHU

Frankly, it is difficult to introduce the facility.Toward the end of World War Two, a kind of suicide attack that planes taking bombs attacked the enemy’s warshipsand hit a certain warship was conducted by the Japanese Air Forces.All the documents about the attack were kept in the museum.The pilots taking part in the attack were almost young people as the twenties.There are a lot of documents abou...

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Hotarukan or Tomita Dining Hall

KYUSHU

It was a small dining hall next to the flying ground of the Special Attack Unit in World War II.It was a dining hall for the young kamikazes who would die in the attack and a woman called Torihamawho took care of the young kamikazes until the end of the war.The belongings and photos of them are displayed here.Just next to it was Tomiya Ryokan (inn) built to offer staying facilities to the family m...

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Chiran Samurai residences

KYUSHU

The area of samurai residences with the hedges and stone walls of the Edo period remains unchanged.The characteristic is its gardens with the beautiful stone walls.At present, seven gardens which make a splendid view with the beautiful hedges are remained....

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Hagi Castle town area

CHUGOKU

This area is a district of samurai residences in the central part of the city,where residences of white walls and the blackboard walls extend.It is a beautiful street of houses where samurais of reform and luxurious merchants lived....

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Kikuya House,Kubota House

CHUGOKU

They are house of big merchants located in the castle town area.The construction is overwhelming....

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Hiyako area

CHUGOKU

Hiyako area is a street where a long earthen wall extends and the acute angle twists to the cityscape.It is an area in the south of the castle town. Just what to be twisted to cityscape,the acute angle that a long earthen wall leads to is rare.An area of the south side of the castle town district....

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Horiuchi area

CHUGOKU

This area is composed of old Hagi ruins of the castle site and the open samurai residences,where a Daimyo of high level samurai once stayed....

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Hagi Castle Site

CHUGOKU

Not only the ruins of the castle but also the moats remain.It is now a park for having break....

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Haranotsuji Site

KYUSHU

Harunotsuji Site is an ancient site next to the Ikikoku Museum.The Excavation is being recovered....

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Kurosaki Battery Site

KYUSHU

With the trace of the fortress under the ground, visitors can watch a huge hole.It is just next to the Saruiwa Rock, it is good for the visitors to see the both at one time....

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Hikiyama Exhibition

KYUSHU

Hikiyama Exhibition exhibits all festival cars.Even if visitors cannot come in the festival season, real wonderful festival cars are displayed, so it is strongly recommended.Visitors can also appreciate the video of the festival. There is Karatsu Shrine  in front of the building....

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Former Takatori Residence

KYUSHU

The Former Takatori Residence is a house of a person called Koreyoshi Takatori who became rich as a mine owner.Two big buildings are constructed on the very large site along the southwest shore of Karatsu-jo Castle.With the Noh Stage in the grand hall, the buildings were constructed uniquely upon Japanese-stylewith the western style into it.Visitors are surprised at the gorgeous internal design of...

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Karatsu Castle

KYUSHU

Though the Castle Tower in the current Karatsu Castle was rebuilt, the prospects from a castle tower are superb viewsbecause it was built on the hill along the seashore.The views seen on the Castle Tower is quite splendid.It is a small castle, but the sea and the scene of the castle are beautiful....

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Nozaki Island

KYUSHU

It is an uninhabited island to the east of Ojika Island. Nokubi Church is here.It is hard to express one’s feeling in words when seeing a simple brick-built church on the wild hill of terraced fieldswhere wild deer play here and there.The church was made with the fund which the islanders of the Catholic believer of only 17 families saved for 35 years.The stained window seen in the sunlight is perf...

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Hamasaki area

CHUGOKU

It is the area that still leaves the atmosphere of an old port town of Hagiand the town of the merchants....

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Yusumizugaura Rice Terraces

SHIKOKU

The terraced fields that are described as "They plow it and reach the sky."The scene of the sea where the terraced fields of the stone wall approximately 1 meter high and wide,to the mountaintop of the steep slope, and the Uwa Sea is beautiful overview.Tourists could not help but feel richness of the history that people cut the terraced fields through hardshipsbefore long to the sky while continui...

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Wada House

CHUBU

Wada House is the biggest rafter roof private house in Shirakawa-go.It is completely different from the buildings of the modern cities in Japan....

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Ogimachi-joato Observatory

CHUBU

It is the old castle site located on the high spot,so superb view of Shirakawa-go can be seen on it.The beauty of the daytime in winter and of the morning mist in the villageis hard to express in words....

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Toyama’s Museum of  Folklore

CHUBU

It is a representative rafter roof house built about 200 years ago.The food, clothing and shelter of that time are displayed....

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Murakami House

CHUBU

Murakami House is a representative rafter roof house of Gokayama to remain still unchangedwith the state at the time of 400 years ago of the Gokayama area.It is in the middle of Ainokura village and Suganuma village....

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Gokayama Museum of Folklore

CHUBU

Located in the Suganuma Rafter Roof Village,Gokayama Museum of Folklore keeps its state of rafter roofs without having been remodeled.200 items including the life tools of mountain village, Gokayama, of the wisdom of ancient people are displayed.There is a  library which is used to teach how to make sal prunella....

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Teramachi

CHUBU

Teramachi is a block of town where temples are concentrated,there are various individual temples.Because it is reachable on foot from Nishi-chayamachi,enjoy its atmosphere while taking a walk leisurely....

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Sayabashi

SHIKOKU

Sayabashi is a wooden bridge without supporting beams hanging over the Kanakura Riverwhich flows through the downtown of Kotohira, which is impressive.It is only used for the miniature shrine of the festival, so tourists are not allowed to pass it....

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Takatoro

SHIKOKU

Takatoro is a 28 meters high garden lantern in front of Kotoden Kotohira Station, which is the highest lantern in Japan.It has been play a role of the lighthouse which is seen from the vessel navigating in the Seto Inland Seaor the vessel coming to Konpiragu Shrine.It is not open for tourists....

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Isuien Garden

KANSAI

Although it is near Todai-ji Temple, it is another world inside.There are two beautiful gardens built in the Edo period and Meiji period respectively.There is a restaurant too....

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Hinjitsukan

KANSAI

Hinjitsukan is a luxurious building with a garden which was built as the accommodations for VIPswho worship at Ise Shrine.It is open to the public for visiting. It is in the Futamigaura hotel street....

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Kawasaki-machi

KANSAI

Kawasaki-machi became a big wholesale deal town by the transportation of water of Seta Riverflowing through the down in the Edo period,and played a role as "the kitchen of Ise" for worshipers to Ise Shrine.Cityscape from the Edo period including the storehouse of the old houses and merchants’ families remains unchanged....

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Chikurinin-gunpoen

KANSAI

It was built as a lodging facility or a dorter of the Buddhist ascetics, but it is open to the public.Unusual roofs, a Japanese garden on the very large site are impressive, where the Emperor has once stayed....

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Himeji Castle

KANSAI

Himeji Castle was built early in the Edo period and, in the precious castle where most buildings are the same as that time,so it is called the White Heron Castle for the figure of the beautiful white castle.The castles in Japan were destroyed for wars and politics in history,and because there are extremely few castles remaining unchanged as that time,you may really feel how nice it is that they ar...

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Kokoen Garden

KANSAI

Kokoen is a Japanese garden, where there are nine gardens of different characters each.Himeji Castle can be seen from the garden, and there are tea houses and so on....

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Visiting seven temples

CHUGOKU

Most of temples and shrines are along the two km long road of three hours on foot,where you can experience Onomichi the town of temples and slopes wellby going round the sloping pavement, stairs private houses and temples.These are the reasons that it is the filming site. It is a wonderfully attractive town. ...

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

CHUGOKU

There are various document houses in the park. It is a beautiful park now.Peaceful clouds float in the blue sky when I visited there....

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

CHUGOKU

It is our duty make the negative inheritance of atomic bomb for the human being a foundation of peace.This museum asks us about what is war, what is peace....

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“Atomic Bomb Dome”

CHUGOKU

The Atomic Bomb Dome is the building which became the ruins untouched just as the momentof the atomic bomb exploding instantly.It is the building that HIROSHIMA. Hiroshima must tell about to the descendants from now on....

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Honkawa Elementary School Memorial

CHUGOKU

This museum is at the opposite bank of the river, Atomic Bomb Dome.A part of the elementary school of precious atomic bomb remains is used as the Peace Museum.What we hope is that the voice of children coming from the new school buildingcan be heard in this school building forever!...

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Shukkeien Garden

CHUGOKU

Shukukeien is a Japanese garden which was built as the villa of the old Daimyo of Hiroshima.It is not a big garden, but is ideal for a brief break in center of the city....

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Matsue Castle

CHUGOKU

The Tenshu Tower constructed early in the Edo period is the only remaining castle in Sanin regionand it is relatively simple, but it is known for the waterway and the beauty of cherry blossoms. ...

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Horikawa Tour

CHUGOKU

Horikawa is a moat of 3.7 km, surrounding the Matsue Castle,and is the main tourist spot together with the castle, the samurai residence, old streets.A sightseeing boat turns around the castle for 50 minutes.The town of Matsue seen from the boat is really beautiful....

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Shiominawate

CHUGOKU

It is a street of samurai residences with 500 meters long, along the moat of the northern part of Matsue Castle.Some residences are allowed to visit, it is possible to have leisure walk....

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Koizumi Yakumo  Museum

CHUGOKU

Koizumi Yakumo was a journalist called Lafcadio Hearn from Greece who came to Japanin the Meiji period and taught English in Matsue,collected Japanese old tales and introduced Japanese cultures abroad in his many books.Koizumi Yakumo is his Japanese name.The memorial museum is at the west end of Shiominawate Street,and  Koizumi yakumo`s manuscripts and mementoes are displayed.Just next to it is hi...

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Kumano-magaibutsu

KYUSHU

It is a Buddha Statue in cliffs and rocks located in the Kumanosan-taizoji Temple.There is a place 300 meters away from the Temple, where a legend is said that an ogre piled up the pave overnight.Climbing along the stone pave, tourists may see two huge Images of Buddha engraved on the cliff rocks.Two stone statues of Buddha have a slightly mysterious gentleness.Japanese statues of Buddha have mild...

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Fujinoki Tumulus

KANSAI

It is a tumulus which has become the topic as tumulus discovered without non-illegal dig....

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Cityscape of Tatsuta

KANSAI

Tatsuta is the town where there are the historical old houses along the street which appeared in the ancient words.Tatsuta Shrine is in the central part....

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Inheritance center

CHUGOKU

Taking a guidance function of the inheritance, the center mainly displays models, pictures, replicas and re-items,and sometimes displays the remains excavated by excavation survey.The background knowledge of the silver mine is provided here....

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Omori Area

CHUGOKU

Omori is the former town area of the silver mine.Historical cityscape is preserved well, and it is very quiet even after being registered to the World Heritage,which expresses the will of inhabitants who have been maintaining the cityscape.As a base of Mabu Walk of the silver mine district, there are a tourist information center or a rental bicycle shop....

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Ryugenji Mabu

CHUGOKU

The only mine tunnel open to the public is about 273 meters (including new mine tunnel)while the whole tunnel is 600 meters long, and the trace of the then chisel remain on the wall of the tunnel.It is the highlight of Iwami Silver Mine....

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Okubo Mabu

CHUGOKU

It is the largest mine tunnel in Iwami Silver Mine, though it is not open to the public,four times of tour only on the weekend from the inheritance center are available to participate....

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Gohyakurakan

CHUGOKU

It is a group of five handred statues of Buddha  for the memorial service for the workers who worked and died in the mineand for the security of the workers, which was built in 1766 after the contribution of many people for 25years.Rakan Temple was built to protect the five hundred of statues of the Buddha.In the rocky mountain facing the temple from the brook, two or three stone caverns are dug,a...

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Teramachi area

CHUGOKU

About 20 temples are concentrated in this area....

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Old Matsumoto village area

CHUGOKU

There are many building where the people of the revolutionary once stayed.It is located to the east of the Higashi Hagi Station....

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Shoin Shrin

CHUGOKU

It is a shrine to worship an important person called  Yoshida shoin who had revolutionary thought,beside the shrine is a private school called Shokasonjuku founded by Yoshida.People who caused the revolution once learned here....

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Hijiwara ・Emukai area

CHUGOKU

It is an area where the school of Mouri family and the martial arts school were located....

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Meirin Elementary School

CHUGOKU

It is a site of the old Daimyo school of Mori family.It is not the same building of that time but documents of that time are preserved here.The visitors are not allowed to enter in the school building. It is in Hijiwara, the Mukaihara area....

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Dazaifu Seicho Site

KYUSHU

The Site was set up in the Michizane Era, and there is only one monument though,it is a vast square with beautiful lawn grasses....

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Miuramachi Catholic Church

KYUSHU

It is a Gothic Catholic church close to the Sasebo Station.It is small yet quaint.                                                                                                                     ...

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Mikawachi/Sarayama

KYUSHU

It seems to be in the middle of Sasebo and Arita.It is a village of the ceramic art where the potters of ceramics gather.Though it is a small town, it is the production center of ceramics which was once praised by the British Museum.The ceramics produced here are very delicate.                                                                                                                   ...

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Kuroshima Catholic Church

KYUSHU

It is a splendid church of the Romanes style on Kuroshima Island.The church was built by the believers who contributed money and labor, all the bricks, pillars and tiles on the floorare made of Arita yaki and look so attractive.People may feel the strength of human being’s belief through the history of this church buildingthat was constructed by the inhabitants one by one.Kuroshima Island is the o...

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Horahogejizo

KYUSHU

Along the seashore, there are six Statues of Buddha. No one knows why these were made.These stone-made statues of Buddha are mysterious....

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Kagetsu

KYUSHU

Kagetsu is a restaurant which has been operating since 1642.The building is worth seeing the inside and outside once to know the luxurious life of Japan then.It is still operated and prior reservation is necessary.Though prices are high, it shows an aspect of Japanese cultures....

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Kaminoshima Church

KYUSHU

Kaminoshima  was an island at the entrance of Nagasaki Portbut has been reclaimed and is connected to the mainland.It is impressive to see the Statue of Maria of the church from the vessels in and out of Nagasaki Port.It is a good location where tourists feel the sea breeze comfortably....

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Gunkanjima Island

KYUSHU

Its official name is Hashima Island which looks like a warship seen from the distant.Gunkan means warship in Japanese. It is 19 km away from Nagasaki Port,which was prosperous for the coal mines with the population of 5300 at the peak time,but it has become an uninhabited island since all coal mines were closed in 1974.Tourists have been continuing to come to see the unique scene.Cruisers are avai...

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Kitsuki Samurai Residences

KYUSHU

Samurai houses on the north and south plateau respectively,business shops in the valley between two plateaus forms the whole town.On the north plateau, there are Ohara Residence, Noumi Residence, Isoya Residence, Sano Residence and so onwhose beautiful stone street makes a wonderful scene.Tourists can have a visit to main houses by buying a common admission ticket.They are worth visiting one time....

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Shoninmachi

KYUSHU

In theCommercial District between the two plateaus,Ayabe Miso or bean paste shop is the symbolic building.In the downtown of Kitsuki with many slopes,the most beautiful slope is said to be the Suyanosaka Slope on the north plateau.At the entrance of the slope, Miso shop or the bean paste shop shows the prosperity of ancient Japanese business people....

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Tashinobusho

KYUSHU

Tashinobusho is a precious village where the rural scene of more than 1300 years ago still remainand is designated as the World Agricultural Heritage site....

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Kitsuki-shurakukan

KYUSHU

Kitsuki-shurakukan was a popular playground in the Edo period and was once closed for a periodbut has now been recovered and there are performances every day.Even if visitors do not know Japanese, they can enjoy the Japanese popular entertainment, so it is recommended....

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Kitsuki Castle

KYUSHU

Kitsuki Castle was rebuilt and in it there is a museumwhere the precious armorsors words of the military commander are displayed.The view of a gulf and the river from a castle tower is very good....

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Obi Castle and the Town

KYUSHU

Obi Castle is one of the areas of Nichinan City where Udo Shrine is also located.The castle sites, samurai houses and shops remain nearly unchanged and are maintained very neatly.3 to 4 hours is enough to go round the castle on foot.A tourism course including Udo Shrine is better. Rental bicycles are offered....

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Izumi Samurai Residences

KYUSHU

The traditional samurai residences are preserved well here.Some residences are open to the public free of charge,which makes visitors know about the lives of ancient samurais.If more than five people make a reservation for their sizes in advance,they can experience Kimono wearing. Visitors also may buy a kimono and take it with them....

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Senganen Park

KYUSHU

Senganen Park is about 15,000 square meters of its site.The wide garden was originally built by the lord of Shimazu family who governed the area.It is the symbol of Kagoshima.People could not help admiring the clan’s power to build such a garden who changed the history of Japan.There are buildings and historic sites of the Edo period here and there in the garden....

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Kagoshima Castle Site

KYUSHU

The castle was built by Shimazu family in 1607, but was burnt down and the site only remains.That the Daimyo was so powerful but he was unknown outside the castle isthat the importance of the first feudal lord is not in the castle but in himself.It is imaginable that a clan living far away from the central government of Japan changed Japan.The Reimeikan Museum in the castle introduces the history ...

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Shiroyama Observatory

KYUSHU

Shiroyama Observatory is on a small hill of 100 meters sea levelwhere the downtown of Kagoshima City and Sakurajima Island can be seen perfectly....

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Nakijin Castle Site

OKINAWA

The Nakijin Castle was built in the thirteenth century and is the ruins of a castle where only a stone wall is left now.The wall stone among forests remain unchanged, and the view of the sea is good because it is on the hill.It is at the side of Nakijin History Cultural Center where people can learn the history of northern Okinawa Island,and the display is interesting....

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Shuri Castle

OKINAWA

Shuri Castle is the biggest castle in Okinawa and has been restored from the destruction of World War II.Shuri ruins of the castle and the neighboring facilities and buildings are registered in the World Heritage of the UNESCO.Shuri Castle was greatly affected by the Chinese castle, so the gates and building are painted with red, and dragonswhich are symbols of kings are used mainly.In addition, i...

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Tamaudoun

OKINAWA

Tamaudoun is the Imperial mausoleum where kings of different generationsof the Ryukyu kingdom are buried.It is the remains where people can imagine the prosperity of that time,showing Ryukyu culture of the fifteenth century....

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Shikinaen

OKINAWA

Shikinaen is made as a villa of the Ryukyu kingdom in 1799, and is the gardenwhich was used to meet a messenger from China rest and to protect the royal families.In addition to a Japanese style garden, it takes in the Chinese style including a hexagon templeand the arched bridge of the Sinicism on the pond in Okinawa where there was much interchange with China....

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Kinjocho Pavement with stone

OKINAWA

This way built as a road reaching from Shuri Castle to the southern part is paved with a stone of the limestone,and it is a path of walk with private houses of a traditional red tiled roof lined along....

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Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

OKINAWA

It is on the plateau where shoreline can be seen.There are the Peace Memorial Museum which displays photographs or the momentos of the Okinawa war,"the Foundation of the Peace" with the full names of all the dead in the Okinawa Battle engraved on it,"a Peace Prayer Image" praying for everlasting peace and a grave garden in the park.The park is used to condole with sacrificed people of the war,conv...

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Himeyuri Peace Memorial Museum

OKINAWA

It was a group of people including 222 students of the Women Departmentat Okinawa Normal School and girls at the Girls’ High School called in as the nursing personnel and 22 teachersrequired by Okinawa Army Hospital at the end of March, 1945.Most of them died in the Okinawa Battle.The museum was opened on June 23, 1989 to convey the misery of the war and the importance of the peace.The Tower of Hi...

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Tojin Grave

OKINAWA

It is on the other side of the road to the Cape Kannon Lighthouse, a grave of the memorial service of the victims of the case occurring in 1852.Chinese workers received too terrible treatment on the way to California, America from the mainland China by ship,so they mutinied and killed the captain a few other crew.And the ship which the Chinese workers took ran aground off Ishigaki Island,and they ...

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Takachihomine

KYUSHU

The summit of Mount Takachihomine isthe legend site in the creation mythology of Japan.Ninigino- Mikoto is said to create the lineage of Japanese Emperors.It was here that Ninigi-no- Mikoto is said to have descended to earthfrom heaven.His fabulous swardstill remains there.There is the mountain entrance in Takachihogawara....

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Ontayaki-Village of Ceramic Art

KYUSHU

 Onta Firing is the traditional ceramic art of Hita area with 300 years of history,and ceramic making is still performed flourishingly in this area.The characteristic of the ceramic is its simplicity and beauty, and all processes are handmade.There are approximately ten ceramic-making workshops along a mountain stream,which is still the village of ceramics rather than a sightseeing spot....

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Takara Residence

OKINAWA

It has been a residence of a ship owner since Ryukyu Kingdom Period,who made money by doing business with China and then constructed such an excellent residence with many rooms,through which visitors may know the lives of the people of Okinawa in the old days.It is on the Geruma Island across a bridge from Aka Island. Geruma Island...

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