Tourist attractions, Travelling Japan

Abukumado Caves

Abukumado Caves are in Fukushima prefecture near to a town called Tamura.  The limestone caves were discovered in late 1960’s and have been developed as a tourist attraction. They stretch for a few hundred meters inside the mountain and a pathway has been created to walk through and view the lights illuminating the stalactites and stalagmites. Its quite cool inside…

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Iriomote Jima- Idyllic Japanese island

Iriomote Jima is  one of the islands of Okinawa.  Its a jungle island surrounded by mangroves.  Very tropical and largely undeveloped for international tourists, but it still has lots to offer.   The island is known for its snorkeling, diving, kayaking as well as hiking and walking.  there are many jungle trails and river cruises available. Getting to and from is…

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Kyoto

Despite so many trips to Kyoto it remains such a fascinating city with places like Kiyomizudera always showing something different every trip. This time, in the early light of day, Kiyomizudera at dawn… Kiyomizu-dera (The temple of clear water) is a historic temple that was established in 778, prior to Kyoto becoming the capital of Japan.  Like so many buildings…

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Kairakuen & Plum Blossom

Kairakuen in the city of Mito, in Iberaki prefecture is famous for its park, which is one of the top three Japanese gardens. The park, called Kairakuen is known specifically for its more than three thousand plum trees. The high interest in Plum is that it signals the end of winter and the beginning or Cherry Blossom season.  Mito has a Plum Festival…

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To No Hetsuri – Cliff Towers by the river

To No Hetsuri literally means cliffs shaped like towers. The popular sightseeing spot near Shimogo in Fukushima prefecture is a naturally created valley, where the erosion from wind, rain and water have shaped the rocks along the Ōkawa river. The rocks or “towers” have been assigned names like Eagle Tower, Hawk Tower, Lion Tower, House Tower, Turret Tower, Nine-ring Tower, Elephant Tower,…

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Akita

Akita City is situated in the North West coast of Japan, the capital city of Akita Prefecture.  The coastal scenery on one side and the mountains on the other make it a very beautiful regions, with many hot springs in the region. The city of Akita is well known for its festivals especially the Kanto Matsuri, a large festival in the beginning…

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Zao – Skiing, Onsen & Snow Monsters

 Zao Onsen Ski Resort is about a 3 hour drive north of Nasu in Yamagata Prefecture actually on the Yamagata-Miyagi prefecture border, centered on the Zao Mountain range of the same name.   The area is well known for its huge crater lake and amazing hiking trails and mountain plants, as well as stunning views of the region.  There are different attractions…

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