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Re: The Old Strategic Spot on Hokkoku Street; Yanagase (北国街道沿いの要衝;柳ケ瀬)

Good autumnal weather has continued in Kansai district of Japan. As I am an outdoor type boy, I cannot help but go outside on such a beautiful day. As...

Yoshi K.

Re: Application to a Guide Interpreter Limited to My Hometown, Nagahama (長浜市地域限定通訳案内士への応募)

I happened to find the application form today at a branch office of the City Hall.I really think that my hometown has a lot of historical heritages an...

Yoshi K.

Toji Temple, such a solemn and magnificent world created by 'Kukai'

(borrowed from the post cards I bought at the official shop of Toji Temple) In the 9th century, a Buddhist monk named Kukai took a boat all the way...

Tomoe S.

Kyoto Railway Museum-a wonderful half day with your kids!

  (Of course, not only kids but also adults who love trains, can have a super exciting experience at the museum!) In this museum, you can see as m...

Tomoe S.

Ryoanji Temple, ultimate Zen spirit

Ryoanji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple of Rinzai sect, was built by a powerful feudal lord in the 15th century.  It is designated as a World Cultural H...

Tomoe S.

Holy and beautiful island in Lake Biwa

Have you been to a small island, named "Chikubu-jima" in Lake Biwa, the biggest lake in Japan? If you visit, I'm sure you will like it.  OK! I will s...

Yuriko S.

Awajishima Island, have a delicious and pleasant holiday!

How about spending your holiday in Awajishima Island if you are repeat visitors?  Awajishima Island is the biggest island (as large as Guam Island ...

Tomoe S.

Tokyo National Museum

Japanese national treasure "Frolicking animals" is opening at the Heiseikan of Tokyo National Museum,  It depicts the activities of anthropomorphized...

Naoya U.

Waseda

I am visiting  Waseda University, one of the top private universities in Japan. The founder of Waseda was Okuma Shigenobu.  His statue is located in...

Naoya U.

Tofukuji Temple, such an attractive place to visit in Kyoto

  Tofukuji Temple, located in southeasten part of Kyoto city, is the head temple of Rinzai sect Tofukuji School of Zen Buddhism which was founded i...

Tomoe S.

NARA YAKUSHI-JI TEMPLE with video

Please take the video at the bottom. YAKUSHI-JI  EAST  TOWER was built in 730.  It is one of the three oldest pagodas in Japan.  It keeps good bala...

Hideo Y.

Ninnaji Temple, elegant and prestigious world!

Ninnaji Temple, which is registered as World Cultural Heritage site, located in the northwest part of Kyoto City was the first Monzeki Jiin Temple (...

Tomoe S.

Tenryuji Temple, the spirit of Zen Buddhism

Tenryuji Temple, located in Saga Arashiyama District, Kyoto City is the head temple of Tenryuji branch Rinzai sect and is a top-ranked temple among ...

Tomoe S.

KYOTO CHERRY BLOSSOMS with video

This year (2021) cherry blossoms have begun to bloom about 9 days earlier than usual. I visited popular scenic spots for viewing cherry blossoms.Pleas...

Hideo Y.

The Best Season to See Tulip fields in Netherlands

Dreaming of seeing the never-ending fields of tulips in the Netherlands, but not sure when is the best time to see them? Then this article is for you!...

Sonja B.

Hikonejyo Castle in Shiga

About 400 years ago, Japan was in the war period. Many castles were built for the warlords.  Just after Tokugawa Shogunate was established, constructi...

Tomoe S.

Takayama Shirakawa-go Tour with video

On Mar 27 I took guests to Takayama Jinya, and Shirakawa-go Village designated as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1995. A magnificent view of farm ...

Hideo Y.

How to Watch Broadway Shows in NYC

One of the first things that come up to mind when thinking about New York is the famous Times Square with flashing neon lights and exciting Broadway s...

Sonja B.

Daigoji Temple in Kyoto

Daigoji Temple, located in the southern part of Kyoto, is a temple of Shingon sect of Buddhism and designated as a World Heritage site. It was estab...

Tomoe S.

Do I Need a Private Tour Guide in France?

As we all know France is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Europe and planning a trip while immersing yourself in the authentic charmin...

Sonja B.

Let's enjoy Nagoya in central Japan!!

Do you know what these gold monuments are? They are symbols of Nagoya! KINSHACHI, or golden fish-shaped monuments. Usually they are situated on top ...

Yuriko S.

Ohara, covered with green and quiet

In the northern part of Kyoto city, there is an area called 'Ohara'. It takes about 40~50 minutes from 'Sanjyo-keihan station' or 70 minutes from 'K...

Tomoe S.

Dinosaur Museum (Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum) and trip in Fukui Prefecture

Fukui Prefecture is located in north of Kyoto, Shiga and Gifu Prefecture and faced to Sea of Japan.  If you have children, visiting Dinosaur Museum...

Tomoe S.

Kawazu Zakura in full bloom!

(Kawazu Zakura: This picture was taken on March 6,2021) Maybe, most of you imagine 'Someiyoshino' as cherry blossoms. 'Someiyoshino', which is the ...

Tomoe S.

Shirahama, which is famous for Onsen

If you have visited Japan before, if you are interested in Onsen (please refer to my another blog, 'Onsen, Hot Spring Resorts'), how about visiting Sh...

Tomoe S.

Onsen, hot spring resorts

  Japanese people have loved to take a bath, not just taking a shower. Soaking in a bath tub filled with hot water is Japanese custom and we like to ...

Tomoe S.

Jyonangu Shrine, marvelous pink forest of plum blossom!

Plum blossoms get in full broom in Kyoto in late February. Jyonangu Shrine is well known as the plum blossoms viewing spot as well as Kitanotenmangu S...

Tomoe S.

OSAKA CASTLE PLUMB and Stone Walls (with video)

Plumb Flowers in Full Bloom Now in Japan four warm days after three cold days repeat again.   About 100 kinds of 1,270 plumb trees are planted in Osa...

Hideo Y.

Bamboo Forest and Walking around in Arashiyama, the subtle and profound world

You may have seen this scenery before. 'Bamboo Forest' is the most popular sightseeing spots in Sagano/Arashiyama area. It's cool even in summer in ...

Tomoe S.

Kitanotenmangu Shrine, the Deity of Learning

If you wish your or your family members' success in examinations such as entrance examinations or qualification tests, I recommend you visit Kitanoten...

Tomoe S.

Fushimi Inari Shrine, marvelous vermilion torii gates!

Hello, guests who are dreaming to travel to Japan!  I'm really sorry that Japan has not been able to welcome you from abroad yet.  Today, I would like...

Tomoe S.

Two Days Gunma Tour with Kusatsu Hot Spring

I would like to introduce Gunma tour spots with Kusatsu Onsen experience where I visited recently.  Gunma Prefecture is located around 100km north-we...

Kashima H.