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  • Iwadono Castle
    Very nice write-up! I have been cycling there a couple of times, usually starting at Otsuki Station, then taking R139 up to Matsuhime-toge. I...
  • Eihei-ji Temple
    Yes, I wish we'd had more time at Eiheiji, but the Sanro one-nighter is on our to-do list, too! :)
  • Eihei-ji Temple
    This is beautiful! I might actually try to do the Sanro program in August!
  • Oyama Shrine Kanazawa
    Maybe I'll stop down there tomorrow... (It's pretty much mobbed at new year's.)
  • Oyama Shrine Kanazawa
    I’m not sure about the shrine, but Shinmon Gate is an Important Cultural Asset. As such, they are eligible for certain prefectural or even...
  • Travel Kokokuji Castle

    Kokokuji Castle (興国寺城 Kōkokuji-jō, also known as 根古屋城 Negoya-jō) is located in Numazu in Shizuoka Prefecture. It was constructed sometime between...
  • Travel Mount Omuro

    Mount Omuro (大室山 Ōmuroyama) is a volcano south of Ito City on the eastern coast of the Izu Peninsula. Extinct for 3,700 years, the cone-shaped...
  • Travel Kakegawa Castle

    Kakegawa Castle (掛川城 Kakegawa-jō) is a hilltop (hirayama-type) castle located in Kakegawa City in western Shizuoka Prefecture. Listed in the Top...
  • Travel Tokugawa Art Museum

    The Tokugawa Art Museum (徳川美術館 Tokugawa Bijutsukan) is a private museum that opened its gates in 1935 and displays a large collection of artefacts...
  • Travel Osu Kannon

    Officially called Kitanosan Shinpuku-ji Hōshō-in (北野山真福寺宝生院), Ōsu Kannon (大須観音) is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect located in Naka Ward...
  • Travel Atsuta Shrine

    Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮 Atsuta-jingū) is one of the most sacred Shinto shrines in Japan, purportedly second only to Ise-jingū in Mie Prefecture. It is...
  • Travel Meiji-Mura Museum

    Meiji-Mura Museum (博物館明治村 Hakubutsukan Meiji-mura) is an open-air museum located in Inuyama City, north of Nagoya, overlooking picturesque Lake...
  • Travel Okazaki Travel Guide

    Okazaki City is located southeast of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture and prospered in the Edo period (1600-1868) as a castle town and an important...
  • Travel Okazaki Castle

    Okazaki Castle (岡崎城 Okazaki-jō) is located in Okazaki City in Aichi Prefecture. It is famous for being the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the...
  • Travel Nagoya Castle

    Nagoya Castle (名古屋城 Nagoya-jō) was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1609-14 on the site of a smaller castle taken over and renamed by Oda Nobunaga’s...
  • Travel Inuyama Castle

    Inuyama Castle (犬山城 Inuyama-jō) is located in the city of Inuyama north of Nagoya and is considered to be one of the oldest castles in Japan and...
  • Travel Nagoya Travel Guide

    Nagoya (名古屋市), Japan’s fourth-largest city, is the capital of Aichi Prefecture, located in central Honshū on Ise Bay, as well as the political...
  • Travel Aichi Prefecture

    Aichi Prefecture (愛知県) is located in central Honshū and borders the prefectures of Gifu and Nagano prefectures to the north, Shizuoka Prefecture...
  • Travel Nagano Travel Guide

    Nagano Prefecture (長野県) is located in central Honshū and borders the prefectures of Niigata, Gunma, Saitama, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu, and...
  • Travel Chubu Travel Guide

    The Chūbu Region (中部地方 Chūbu-chihō) is the central part of Japan’s main island Honshū and consists of three subregions, Hokuriku on the Sea of...
  • Travel Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle (松本城 Matsumoto-jō) is located in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, and is one of the most famous Japanese flatland castles (平城...
  • Travel Matsumoto Travel Guide

    Matsumoto (松本) is located in central Nagano Prefecture and used to be a provincial capital from the eighth century. It was the base of the senior...
  • Travel Kaichi School Museum

    In the wake of the Meiji Restoration and the subsequent drive to modernise the country, the newly founded Japanese Ministry of Education...
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