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589 Ohara, 大原 いすみ市 千葉県 298-0004, Japan
Don’t get me wrong—I love Tokyo and wouldn’t trade it for any other city in world. But sometimes you’ve just got to get out and decompress by dropping the pace several notches with an overnight stay somewhere beyond the borders of the urban...
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Japan, 〒299-4623 Chiba-ken, Isumi-shi, Misakichōnakadaki, 千葉県いすみ市岬町中滝1747
Nestled in an enchanting forest only an hour away from the heart of Tokyo, The Enclave is a unique private dining experience offering sophisticated fusion cuisine in an intimate at-home setting on the eastern coast of Chiba Prefecture’s Bousou...
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Japan, 〒107-6245 JP-13Minato-ku, Akasaka, 9 Chome−7, Tokyo Midtown 9-7-1 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo
This 248-room hotel in one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers—Roppongi’s glass-sheeted Tokyo Midtown—opened its doors in 2007. The property starts on the 45th floor and espouses classic European interiors. Four colorful...
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68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0882, Japan

Fushimi Inari Taisha on Inariyama mountain is dedicated to the Shinto gods of rice and sake, but Inari is also the god of merchants and that brings a lot of businesspeople to worship here. Everyone else stops by to see the thousands...

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Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Hakone is about an hour train ride from central Tokyo, but it feels a world away. This scenic mountainous region is a lovely place to spend a weekend away from the city. There's plenty to see and do to keep the entire family satisfied. The Hakone...
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Mie Prefecture, Japan
Meoto Iwa, also known as the wedded rocks, are located in Ise Bay near Japan's Grand Ise Shrine. Ise is a great day trip. Home to one of Japan's three great shrines, the streets of Ise are packed with old wooden houses, Japanese sweet shops, and...
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While all the neighborhoods of Tokyo are equally safe, some are more family oriented than others. Sensoji Temple, souvenir shops and easy transportation in Asakusa make it a great family destination. The free Asakusa Ueno Panda Bus shuttles...
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Japan, 〒248-0016 Kanagawa-ken, Kamakura-shi, Hase, 3 Chome−10−22
Just a five minute train ride from the center of Kamakura is the Daibutsu, a giant Buddhist statue. This bronze statue was created 761 years ago. My husband's grandfather has photos of himself with the Daibutsu from 1945 when he was stationed...
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Japan, 〒153-8580 JP-13Meguro-ku, Mita, 1 Chome−4, Meguro-ku 1-4-1 Mita Meguro-ku Tokyo
Tucked away minutes from Tokyo's thriving business and culture centers, find our rich European décor, spa, and 12 upscale meeting spaces.
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Went on a 'two-world' tour that showcases Japan's futuristic cities in contrast with it's Zen-like past. Spent 4 nights in small, locally-owned ryokan, and contributed directly to the local economy, and by using trains rather than minibuses for...
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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Something about visiting a temple that evokes feeling of serenity and inner peace. Perhaps, it's because I was introduced to Buddhism as a child, or because the soothing rhythm of the repeated chants is like beautiful music to my ears. During my...
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294 Kiyomizu 1-chōme, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0862, Japan

Kiyomizu-dera on Mount Otowa is one of the most famous temples in Japan, a place that appears in every sequence of Japanese travel photos. The landscape is all cherry trees and forest; it is among Kyoto's loveliest spots. The current structure...

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Japan, 〒105-0000 Tokyo, Minato
The Tokyo skyline from Rainbow Bridge is a must see while visiting Tokyo. The trip across the bridge can take a few hours by foot or just have your camera ready to take some beautiful shots while driving across this beautiful bridge.
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80-1 Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken 250-0522, Japan
Just a stone’s throw from Lake Ashi at the foot of Mt. Fuji lies Hakone Jinja, a wonderfully old Shinto shrine nestled among the forests that dot the surrounding hinterlands. The tree-lined approach by foot through the red torii gate lends a...
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Arashiyama Genrokuzancho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-0007, Japan
In western Kyoto, there is a very large forest of bamboo. As you can see in the photo, the shoots grow very tall, making those who stroll by look quite small. I'm sure there are times when this road is crowded, but when we were there, people were...
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Japan, 〒111-0032 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Asakusa, 2 Chome−3−1
Both Tokyo's largest and oldest Buddhist temple, Senso-ji is one of the city's must see sights. The streets leading to Senso-ji are filled with souvenir shops where you can find tapestries, kimonos, kitschy key chains, and finger foods....
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Japan, 〒299-1861 Chiba Prefecture, Futtsu, Kanaya
The Fish is an enormous complex on the Chiba side of Tokyo Bay. While the restaurant attracts tour buses, they are dropping off Japanese diners and shoppers, not Westerners. The restaurant serves impeccably fresh seafood, and the marketplace...
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Saiwaicho, Narita, Chiba Prefecture 286-0028, Japan
I had an eight-hour layover in Tokyo (Narita). After doing a lot of research, I realized that I wouldn't have enough time to go into Tokyo without feeling incredibly rushed to get back to the airport to catch my connection home. Instead, I decided...
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Nagatoro, Chichibu District, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
During a whirlwind exploration of the prefectures surrounding Tokyo on Japan's Kanto plain, one extended moment of relaxation came in a boat ride down a stretch of the Arakawa River—running along the edge of Nagatoro town in the Chichibu district...
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Kikuchi Gorge lies a 20-25 minute drive east of Kikuchi City, making it a true rural escape and a preferable summertime alternative to the steamy cities of southern Japan. The gorge is ringed by an easy, 2-kilometer hiking path that crisscrosses...
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Shōdo Island, Shozu District, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan

The second largest of the Inland Sea’s islands, mountainous and rural Shodo Island is famous for its Kankakei Gorge, where maple and gingko trees blaze in a colorful display each fall, as well as the fine beaches along its 126 kilometers (78...

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2 Chome-4-1 Jingū, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki-ken 880-0053, Japan

Claiming the title of Miyazaki’s oldest shrine, Miyazaki Jingu was said to have been founded more than 2,600 years ago during the reign of Jimmu Tenno, the first emperor. The Shinto shrine was rebuilt in 1907 at the...

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Japan, 〒880-0035 Miyazaki-ken, Miyazaki-shi, 下北方町越ヶ迫6146

Haniwa Garden, located in Heiwadai Park, features a collection of more than 400 replica haniwa (burial statues) depicting everything from boats and buildings to warriors and animals. Historically, the clay statues were used as a tribute to the...

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1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
Even in the middle of winter, the Imperial Palace Gardens are well worth a stroll. There are plants from all the prefectures of Japan, and the bamboo is lush year-round. The palace is about a 10-minute walk from Tokyo Station, and it's a...
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Japan is a country that adores its floral displays but in recent years, more and more attention has been paid in particular to the delicate wisteria. While the plant has been in Japan for over a millenium (even mentioned in ancient texts), the...
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1 Chome-1183-1 Jonai, Shimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture 855-0036, Japan

Although the current Shimabara Castle is mostly a 1960s reconstruction of the 17th-century original, the moat and stone walls are authentic. The interior functions as a museum dedicated to the 1637 Shimabara Rebellion...

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Japan, 〒506-0026 Gifu-ken, Takayama-shi, Hanasatomachi, 6 Chome−11
East of the picturesque city of Takayama you'll find the famous ice cave. It is the highest snow cave of Japan, located 800m above sea level. It is famous for its huge amount of helictites and stalactite formations. As you leave the caves put a...
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Japan, 〒540-0002 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Ōsakajō, 1−1
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Osaka Castle was originally built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, with construction begun in 1583. The plan to make it the fanciest castle in the country went so far as to cover the tower with gold leaf, but it wasn’t merely pretty: The castle held...

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Kabira Bay is the place to go for black pearls. Black pearls are more commonly associated with Tahiti, but because pearl cultivation was first developed in Japan, there are a couple of pearl farms in Okinawa. Black pearls actually range from deep...
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Taketomi Island, Taketomi, Yaeyama District, Okinawa Prefecture 907-1101, Japan
Taketomi Island, just a short boat ride from Ishigaki, is the closest thing you’ll find to traditional Okinawa. About 300 people live on the car-free island, so you have to walk, bike or take an oxcart to get around. Make time for Kihoin Temple...
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Japan, 〒651-0058 Hyōgo Prefecture, Kobe, Chuo, Fukiaicho, Nunobikiyama

Even for the Japanese, Japanese cities can be overwhelming. All that concrete, the endless search for addresses (street addresses are based on when a building was finished, not its geographical order), the telephone hold music always being...

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Japan, 〒321-1431 Tochigi-ken, Nikkō-shi, Sannai, 2301
The temples of Nikko exist as part of the beautiful landscape they inhabit. The mountainous landscape, forests, trees, lake, fall colors, waterfalls and natural beauty of the area around Nikko, makes it a really special temple complex to visit....