History, Tokyo, Tourist attractions

Nihonbashi Bridge, Tokyo

Nihonbashi bridge is a very historic site in Tokyo. Nihonbashi actually translates to Japan Bridge.  It is in the Chuo district of Tokyo and has linked the areas on either side of the river at this site since the 17th century.  It was initially a wooden bridge and was first constructed in 1603. From reading about it, it appears that this…

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History, Temples & Shrines, Tokyo

Senkakuji

Senkakuji is a small Sōtō Zen Buddhist temple in Minato-ku district in Tokyo not far from Shinagawa station.  It is famous for the graves of the 47 Ronin one of Japan’s most well-known stories and the most famous story of the Samurai code of “Bushido” – courage, loyalty and honor. The story of the 47 ronin began with an attack…

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History, Japan, Tourist attractions, Travelling Japan

Aizu Wakamatsu

Aizu-Wakamatsu is a castle town north west of where I live with a long samurai tradition. We decided to go there one weekend for a look around, its a couple of hours drive, so not so far.  On the way there we went around Lake Inawashiro which was beautiful with the Autumn colors. The Aizu Dai Jibo Kannon is on the edge…

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History, Japan, Tokyo, Tourist attractions, Travelling Japan

Yoshiwara

The Yoshiwara was a famous pleasure district,(red-light district) in old Edo, present-day Tōkyō, Japan.  In the early 17th century the Tokugawa shogunate restricted prostitution to designated districts to try to restrict prostitution. The Yoshiwara was created near what is today known as Nihonbashi.   In 1656 the government decided to relocate Yoshiwara to its present location north of Asakusa on the…

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History, Japan, Temples & Shrines, Tourist attractions, Travelling Japan

Kawagoe

Kawagoe (川越市) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.   It is known also as little Edo because it still has some streets and houses preserved from that period.Kurazukuri Street –  Kurazukuri no machinami is a section of a street lined with traditional warehouses constructed in a style called kurazukuri and maintains the appearance of life during the Edo period.…

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History, Japan, Tourist attractions, Travelling Japan

Daio-ji Temple

This temple is a Soto Zen temple that is more than 600 years old, it was established in 1404. The 7 thatched buildings are designated of cultural property by Tochigi Prefecture. Some parts from 1448 still exist despite numerous destructions and reconstructions The temple is in Kurobane on the east side of the Nakagawa River, it flows from the volcanic Mt. Nasu to…

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