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Tateyama/Kurobe Alpine Route

Tateyama/Kurobe Alpine Route

This is the world-leading alpine tourist route crossing the 3,000-meter level...

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Kurobe Gorge Railway

Kurobe Gorge Railway

The train threading through the Japan’s deepest V-shape gorge is popular amon...

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The Historic Village Gokayama

The Historic Village Gokayama

Gokayama was registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and selected as...

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TOYAMA Bay

TOYAMA Bay

World Heritage listed Mont St. Michel Bay in France, Viet Nam’s Halong Bay, a...

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 Kan-buri (The Japanese amberjack  )

Kan-buri (The Japanese amberjack )

A taste of luxury is “Buri-shabu”, boiled yellowtail. Natural yellowtail caug...

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Daytime fish auction in Shinminato Port

Daytime fish auction in Shinminato Port

Fish markets are usually only open early in the morning, but here at Shin-Min...

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Black Ramen

Black Ramen

“Toyama Black” is a special ramen served in black soup. The tasty ramen was c...

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Kansui Park

Kansui Park

Kansui Park boasts a wide, open, grassed area where children and the elderly ...

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Zuiryu-ji Temple

Zuiryu-ji Temple

Prepare to be overwhelmed by the graceful beauty, design and history of this ...

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Five old temples north of Lake Hamana "Hokoji Temple"

Five old temples north of Lake Hamana "Hokoji Temple"

Historically one of the most important temples in the Tokai area, the Houkou-...

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Hamamatsu Flower Park

Hamamatsu Flower Park

This flower theme park boasts over 3,000 various flowers, and drew in over 60...

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The Grand Shrines of Ise

The Grand Shrines of Ise

This is the Shinto Shrine with 2,000-year history, and the precinct is surrou...

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Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum

Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum

Ninja is a mysterious and enigmatic group conducting espionage and reconnaiss...

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Nagashima Resort

Nagashima Resort

This is one of Japan’s leading integrated recreational facility which include...

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Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle, famous for a pair of golden dolphins, is one of the golden spo...

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Shopping in Downtown Sakae

Shopping in Downtown Sakae

The downtown Sakae in Nagoya city is one of the most bustling shopping and en...

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Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

This museum was founded in a joint creation of TOYOTA group companies in 1994...

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Tojinbo

Tojinbo

Tojinbo, where rough waves are washing on the thrilling precipice, often appe...

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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

One of the largest dinosaur museums in the world is located in Katsuyama City...

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The Eiheiji Head Temple

The Eiheiji Head Temple

This is the headquarters of Soto sect, one of Japan’s Zen Buddhism and founde...

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Hamamatsu Castle

Hamamatsu Castle

Hamamatsu Castle is regarded a ‘Castle to Success’ as this castle played a ro...

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Lake Hamana

Lake Hamana

The picturesque Lake Hamana, where eel cultivation has been prosperous since ...

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Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

Hamamatsu City is the birthplace of YAMAHA, KAWAI. Even to this day, the head...

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Zenkoji Buddhist Temple

Zenkoji Buddhist Temple

As annually 7 million visitors including large number of overseas visitors to...

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The National Treasure Matsumoto Caste

The National Treasure Matsumoto Caste

With a backdrop of Northern Alps mountains, the national treasure Matsumoto C...

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Karuizawa

Karuizawa

Karuizawa, on a highland of 1,000 meters, has developed as an international s...

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Kenroku-en Garden

Kenroku-en Garden

Kenroku-en Garden, famous for winter scenery featuring protection of trees fr...

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Kaga Hot Spring Village and Wakura Hot Spring

Kaga Hot Spring Village and Wakura Hot Spring

One of the enjoyments of Ishikawa Prefecture is that many tasteful spas with ...

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Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya District

The old town is located on the bank of the River Asano flowing through Kanaza...

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Sumpu Castle Park

Sumpu Castle Park

The park is located on the former site of Sunpu Castle where the first Shogun...

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Pine Wood at Miho

Pine Wood at Miho

Counted as one of the most beautiful pine wood, this is a scenic spot with 54...

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Mt. Fuji (Peace Park)

Mt. Fuji (Peace Park)

The Peace Park in Gotemba City commands a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji and hous...

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National Treasure Kunosan Toshogu Shinto Shrine

National Treasure Kunosan Toshogu Shinto Shrine

This Shinto Shrine was erected in 1617 to the spirit of Tokugawa Ieyasu. It i...

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Atami Plum-Grove Garden

Atami Plum-Grove Garden

This is the plum-grove garden well-known both for Japan’s earliest blooming p...

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Gotemba Premium Outlets

Gotemba Premium Outlets

Japan’s largest class outlet mall in Gotemba with about 210 shops, commanding...

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Lake Biwa

Lake Biwa

Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan with the area of approximately 670k ㎡...

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Kurokabe Square (Nagahama)

Kurokabe Square (Nagahama)

The former bank building with the modern appearance of black plaster and whit...

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National Treasure Hikone Castle

National Treasure Hikone Castle

The moonlit Hikone castle is counted as one of the picturesque ‘ Eight Views ...

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Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go

The scenery of this gassho-zukuri settlement nestled deep in the mountains is...

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Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River

Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River

Cormorant fishing, called ukai in Japanese, is a traditional fishing techniqu...

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Gero Hot Spring

Gero Hot Spring

This hot spring that lies along the Hida River has long been known throughout...

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TOYOTA Motor Corporation Plant & TOYOTA Kaikan Museum

TOYOTA Motor Corporation Plant & TOYOTA Kaikan Museum

TOYOTA Motor Corporation with its head office in Toyota city, Aichi prefectur...

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National Treasure Inuyama Castle and the Castle Town

National Treasure Inuyama Castle and the Castle Town

The Castle Tower and the Tea Ceremony Arbor; two national treasuresNational T...

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Gamagori Hot Spring Resort

Gamagori Hot Spring Resort

This is the largest hot spring resort in Aichi Prefecture facing Mikawa Bay, ...

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Deep-Fried Chicken Wings

Deep-Fried Chicken Wings

This is also one of “Nagoya meshi” born in Japanese pubs. Chicken wings used ...

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Deep-fried Pork Cutlet

Deep-fried Pork Cutlet

It is said that people of Nagoya eat anything with miso paste. To such extent...

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Hitsumabushi, Chopped Grilled Eels on Top of Rice

Hitsumabushi, Chopped Grilled Eels on Top of Rice

The most famous “Nagoya meshi” is a dish of grilled eels called “Hitsumabushi...

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Echizen-gani (crab)

Echizen-gani (crab)

You cannot speak of winter foods in Fukui Prefecture without talking about Ec...

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Sauce Katsudon (Rice with breaded and deep-fried pork cutlet on top)

Sauce Katsudon (Rice with breaded and deep-fried pork cutlet on top)

Katsudon is a popular dish served all over Japan. Breaded and deep-fried pork...

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Echizen Oroshi Soba (buckwheat noodles with grated Japanese radish)

Echizen Oroshi Soba (buckwheat noodles with grated Japanese radish)

Despite the simplicity of the dish of Japanese buckwheat noodles with grated ...

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Eels of Lake Hamana

Eels of Lake Hamana

Regarding taste as well as shipment volume, eels of Lake Hamana rank in top l...

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Hamamatsu Gyoza dumplings

Hamamatsu Gyoza dumplings

Hamamatsu is a town of Gyoza dumpling, which has been enjoying the big Gyoza ...

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Nozawana Pickles

Nozawana Pickles

Nozawana pickles are an indispensable food in winter for the people in Nagano...

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Tiger puffer naturally growing in Sea of Enshu

Tiger puffer naturally growing in Sea of Enshu

Puffer fish cuisine is a well-known winter gourmet menu in Japan. Tiger puffe...

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Soba of Shinshu

Soba of Shinshu

Journey to Nagano is full of fun to encounter with different soba, or buckwhe...

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Oyaki

Oyaki

Oyaki is one of local food of Nagano. It is a Japanese-style steamed or baked...

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Foods with Gold Leaf

Foods with Gold Leaf

Many tourists must be surprised when they see foods with gold leaf in Kanazaw...

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Japanese Confectionery

Japanese Confectionery

In Kanazawa City, the castle town of Kaga Hyakumangoku (the wealthy Kaga Prov...

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Kaitenzushi (“Conveyor belt” sushi bar)

Kaitenzushi (“Conveyor belt” sushi bar)

Fresh fish and shellfish from Japan Sea are the best ingredients for sushi. Y...

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Shizuoka Oden or Hodgepodge

Shizuoka Oden or Hodgepodge

Oden or Japanese hodgepodge is a casual pot dish which has “oden dane” or dif...

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Sushi

Sushi

The most popular fish for sushi ingredients is tuna. The fact that Japanese l...

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Cherry shrimps

Cherry shrimps

Cherry shrimps, a specialty of Shizuoka city, turn their colors to beautiful ...

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Seafood cuisine

Seafood cuisine

Shizuoka prefecture is blessed with fishing grounds along a long varied coast...

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Sushi

Sushi

Shimizu city, Shizuoka Prefecture is well-known for sushi restaurants having ...

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Eels

Eels

In Shizuoka, Hamamatsu and Mishima are famous for their eel dishes. In Hamama...

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Fresh-water Fish from Lake Biwa

Fresh-water Fish from Lake Biwa

Around Lake Biwa, you will encounter various local dishes of fish from the la...

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Omi Beef

Omi Beef

Omi beef is one of the three most famous kinds of beef in Japan. It has long ...

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Kamo-suki, Sukiyaki with Wild Duck Meat

Kamo-suki, Sukiyaki with Wild Duck Meat

Kamo-suki is sukiyaki with wild duck meat, a specialty in winter from the mid...

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Hida Beef

Hida Beef

The undisputed champion of gourmet cuisine in Gifu Prefecture can only be the...

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Ayu

Ayu

The ayu sweet fish, sometimes called the “Queen of Clear Waters,” is a river ...

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Goheimochi Rice Cakes

Goheimochi Rice Cakes

Goheimochi, grilled rice cake that is skewered and basted in a thick sauce, i...

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Nameshi-Dengaku, a Combination of Rice with Daikon Leaves and a Grilled Tofu with Miso Paste

Nameshi-Dengaku, a Combination of Rice with Daikon Leaves and a Grilled Tofu with Miso Paste

“Nameshi” is freshly cooked rice which is mixed with chopped Daikon radish le...

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Gohei rice cake

Gohei rice cake

Goheimochi is a typical food as a local dish of Mikawa district. The Goheimoc...

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Seafood of Mikawa Bay

Seafood of Mikawa Bay

Mikawa Bay boasts to have a good amount of catches including clams, which ran...

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Toyama-wan zushi, Sushi with fish from Toyama Bay

Toyama-wan zushi, Sushi with fish from Toyama Bay

Sushi chefs in Toyama make sushi with extremely fresh and seasonal fish from ...

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Matsusaka Beef

Matsusaka Beef

In Japan, people love rich tender beef which has fine marble lines of fat cal...

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Ise Lobsters

Ise Lobsters

Ise lobster is one of gorgeous food items, which is indispensable for cuisine...

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Abalone

Abalone

Abalone is also a fancy food used for celebrations such as wedding ceremonies...

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Uiro, or Uirou; a Sweet made from Rice Flour

Uiro, or Uirou; a Sweet made from Rice Flour

Specialty of Nagoya, Uiro, is a Japanese confectionery made from Uruchi rice ...

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Processed Seafood

Processed Seafood

The most famous processed seafood in Fukui Prefecture is “heshiko”, a traditi...

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Wakasa Lacquered Chopsticks

Wakasa Lacquered Chopsticks

“Wakasa lacquered chopsticks” are a perfect souvenir of Japan. The chopsticks...

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Zen T shirt

Zen T shirt

Zen T shirts, available at the stands inside Eiheiji Temple and shops at the ...

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Green Tea of the Tenryu River

Green Tea of the Tenryu River

“Tenryu green tea” is produced in mountain villages where morning mist from t...

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Lacquer Ware of Kiso

Lacquer Ware of Kiso

This is traditional table ware made from wood such as Japanese cypress, Japan...

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Wasabi, Japanese Horse Radish

Wasabi, Japanese Horse Radish

Azumino city, where melted water from snow of Northern Alps converges as unde...

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Japanese Confectionery

Japanese Confectionery

Traditional confectionery of Kanazawa is popular as good gifts to take home f...

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Gold Leaf Goods

Gold Leaf Goods

Gold leaf is an essential craft material for traditional handcraft goods in K...

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Small items of Kaga Yuzen

Small items of Kaga Yuzen

Kimono dyed in Kaga Yuzen style uses 5 different traditional colors called “K...

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Jizake, Local Sake

Jizake, Local Sake

Sake in Japan is brewed from fermented rice. “Jizake” or local sake is one of...

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Abekawa Rice Cake

Abekawa Rice Cake

This is a famous confectionary of Shizuoka which consists of small pieces of ...

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Green tea

Green tea

Green tea from Shizuoka City has a character of mild taste and aroma, which w...

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Green Tea

Green Tea

Shizuoka reminds people of “sencha” or green tea of Japan, and the tea ranks ...

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Sweets

Sweets

Other than well-known cakes and sweets of time-honored confectionaries, you w...

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Wasabi (Japanese horseradish)

Wasabi (Japanese horseradish)

Wasabi, Japanese horseradish, is a spice unique to Japan. With its characteri...

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Otsu-e (Otsu painting)

Otsu-e (Otsu painting)

Otsu-e, or Otsu paintings, are a representative souvenir of Otsu City on the ...

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Shigarakiy Ware

Shigarakiy Ware

In Shigaraki area of Koga City, the hometown of Shigaraki ware, you will be c...

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Omi sensu (folding fan)

Omi sensu (folding fan)

“Sense” is a traditional Japanese folding fan. Thin bamboo or wooden slats ar...

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UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage: Mino Washi Paper

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage: Mino Washi Paper

Both beautiful and durable, Mino Washi is a traditional craft that commands a...

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Mino Yaki

Mino Yaki

Yet another longstanding traditional art of Gifu Prefecture, Mino Yaki potter...

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Sarubobo

Sarubobo

These curious little fellows that can be commonly seen in souvenir stores acr...

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Chikuwa, Cooked Fish Paste

Chikuwa, Cooked Fish Paste

Chikuwa is a fish paste applied around a stick which is cooked or steamed. In...

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Beckoning cats

Beckoning cats

Beckoning cats are good luck ornaments which have existed from ancient times....

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Shrimp Crackers

Shrimp Crackers

In Chita and Nishi Mikawa, there are many famous manufacturers of shrimp crac...

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Ise Template Paper

Ise Template Paper

Ise template paper has its beautiful patterns or motifs of Japanese landscape...

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Iga Braided Cord

Iga Braided Cord

This is a traditional handcraft art passed down in Iga City and its neighbori...

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Pearls

Pearls

Toba city in Mie prefecture has an island where a cultivation of cultured pea...

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Five old temples north of Lake Hamana "Ryotan-ji Temple"

Five old temples north of Lake Hamana "Ryotan-ji Temple"

This old temple was founded by ‘Gyoki’, a Buddhist monk in 733. The Japanese-...

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Fruit Picking

Fruit Picking

Mikan, or ‘oranges of Japan’ has such features as rich in flavor, sweet, smal...

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Unagi Pie Factory

Unagi Pie Factory

At this facility, you can enjoy a factory tour to see whole processes of the ...

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Yudanaka-Shibu Hot Spring Village

Yudanaka-Shibu Hot Spring Village

At the foot of Shiga-kogen highlands, there is a hot spring village with its ...

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Kamikochi Highland

Kamikochi Highland

This is the Japan’s prominent scenic mountain view area surrounded by such 3,...

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Tsumago Post Town

Tsumago Post Town

The inland route connecting Edo(Tokyo) and Kyoto was “Nakasendo” highway in ...

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Maruoka Castle

Maruoka Castle

Most of the Castle Towers in Japan were rebuilt after the feudal days, howeve...

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Echizen Washi Village

Echizen Washi Village

Washi (Japanese paper)-making of Echizen city has a history of about 1500 yea...

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Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins

Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins

These are the only medieval ruins where the restored castle town is maintaine...

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Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road

Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road

The nature of Mt. Hakusan National Park can be fully enjoyed by driving throu...

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Noto Kiriko Festival

Noto Kiriko Festival

Projecting into the Japan Sea, Noto Peninsula is ‘Treasure Box of Festivals’ ...

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Shunran-no-Sato

Shunran-no-Sato

Noto’s mountains and the sea are designated as World Agricultural Heritage. W...

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Mt. Oomuro

Mt. Oomuro

This is a dormant volcano designated as a National Natural Monument, and a sy...

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Stroll through Shuzen-ji Hot Spring Resort

Stroll through Shuzen-ji Hot Spring Resort

You can enjoy strolling in a typical Japanese atmosphere here. Shuzen-ji is t...

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Hands-on Experience Facilities of Enjoying Green Tea

Hands-on Experience Facilities of Enjoying Green Tea

How about tasty experience unique to Shizuoka, where output of tea production...

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Nagoya City Science Museum

Nagoya City Science Museum

After the renovation, the Nagoya City Science Museum, with an external appear...

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Osu Shoppping Arcade

Osu Shoppping Arcade

In the south of downtown, Sakae, Osu Shopping Arcade is located. In Osu, an e...

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SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

This is the railway museum opened in 2011 operated by JR Central. Under the c...

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TONAMI TULIP GALLERY

TONAMI TULIP GALLERY

Toyama Prefecture, where the cultivation of tulip bulbs is prosperous, is pro...

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Unazuki Hot Spring

Unazuki Hot Spring

Unazuki is a hot spring town with vapor rising from hot spring fountain, wher...

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Strolling along the old Tokaido Highway

Strolling along the old Tokaido Highway

The Tokaido Road, famous for the ‘ukiyo-e’ ,colored woodblock prints of Ando ...

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Shizuoka Hobby Square

Shizuoka Hobby Square

In Shizuoka City, the model manufacturing has been flourishing since the year...

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Hand-on Experience of Tea-Picking

Hand-on Experience of Tea-Picking

Commanding a panoramic view of Mt. Fuji or Sagami Bay, Nihondaira creates the...

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Hachiman-bori Moat

Hachiman-bori Moat

Hachiman-bori moat is an old canal located in Omi-hachiman, the lakeside city...

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Biwako Valley

Biwako Valley

This is a ski resort located at the west shore of Lake Biwa with its slops on...

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MIHO MUSEUM

MIHO MUSEUM

This museum was designed by I.M.Pei, a world-famous architect for the Glass P...

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Kumano Kodo ‘Ancient Pilgrimage Trails of Kumano

Kumano Kodo ‘Ancient Pilgrimage Trails of Kumano

Kodo, literally, the ancient road, means the roads used in ancient times in J...

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Mikimoto Pearl Island

Mikimoto Pearl Island

The ‘living gem’ born form shell is a pearl. Pearls are classified into natur...

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Oharai-machi ‘Purification Town’

Oharai-machi ‘Purification Town’

This town has been welcoming worshippers from the old days as a shrine town o...

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Magome Post Town on the Nakasendo Highway

Magome Post Town on the Nakasendo Highway

Magome is the 43rd post town on the ancient Nakasendo Highway that connected ...

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Shinhotaka Ropeway and the Okuhida Hot Spring Villages

Shinhotaka Ropeway and the Okuhida Hot Spring Villages

Take a 3,200-meter-long trip through the skies on a ropeway, with a differenc...

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Takayama

Takayama

Dubbed the “Little Kyoto of Hida,” Takayama’s old quarter (called “Sanmachi”)...

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The Museum Meiji Mura

The Museum Meiji Mura

This is a museum featuring the Meiji Era (1868-1912) when Japan started to ad...

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Tokoname Pottery Promenade

Tokoname Pottery Promenade

Tokoname City where the Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) is loc...

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Irago Koijigahama Beach

Irago Koijigahama Beach

Cape Irago, located at the tip of the Atsumi Peninsula, faces both Mikawa Bay...

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