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  • Katy Santos
    Philippines516 contributions
    Chureito Pagoda of Fujiyoshida is one of the go-to places to catch a perfect Mt. Fuji shot. This attraction has a pagoda which is the Arakura Sengen Shrine. This pagoda is located on top of the hill therefore it would be best if you’re wearing flat boots during winter or sneakers during summer so your legs won’t get hurt during a climb on the stairs. A very amazing panoramic view of Mt. Fuji is worth a visit when you reach the top of the attraction. A must-try:

    It’s a must-try to ring a bell in Shinto shrines as it is said to believe that it acquires positive power and good luck while repelling bad spirits. I rang the bell three times because I believe that the number 3 is a universal holy number and the number of genesis. Try Omikuji! Omikuji is a Japanese fortune-telling activity which is similar to fortune cookie. There are Omikuji to almost all Shinto shrines in Japan. All you need to do is pay 100 JPY then shake a box full of numbered sticks then pick one. Bring back the number to the shake box and select your Omikuji (fortune paper) from one of the drawers then read it afterward. Some shrines offer English translations and some are not. Depending on your fate, you can keep the Omikuji if it’s a good one but leave it if it’s a bad curse. If it’s a bad curse, you can tie it on a pole or a tree and leave it in the shrine. I got a small blessing Omikuji so I kept it with me to attract good luck!
    Written August 19, 2021
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  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy587 contributions
    The Aichi Prefecture is not so much known among Western tourists, but it has many hidden jewels you should discover! Inuyama Castle is one of them. Trivia: in Japanese, Inuyama means “mountain of the dog”
    Written July 5, 2021
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  • saikou
    Tokyo125 contributions
    Walking distance from the city center, it was a nice side trip. Brightly colored almost to the point of excess, they are nonetheless interesting to see. They've clearly been rebuilt not all that long ago. The forest setting is lovely.
    Written October 27, 2020
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  • Satoko B
    Mill Valley, CA2 contributions
    The cobble stone streets- the tile museum and the very old traditional homes were quite unique

    Unfortunately many of the shops were closed

    The shops that were opened were very accommodating and friendly
    Written February 9, 2020
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  • 1760022
    Tokyo Prefecture, Japan106 contributions
    Despite renewal work that will continue for another five years, the trip to Haruna Jinja is one well-worth making. It will not disappoint.
    Written October 12, 2020
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  • Hiroaki Kaneko
    Tokyo, Japan2,821 contributions
    長野を代表する寺院の一つ。年間を通して国内外から多くの参拝客・観光客が訪れる。にもかかわらず境内は過度な観光地化はされておらず、国籍や年齢問わずほとんどの参拝客・観光客は比較的静かに参拝している。安置されている仏像は勿論のこと、多くの建物自体が国宝もしくは重要文化財に指定されている。
    基本的に境内は無料で利用できるが、一部の建物内(本堂、経蔵、山門等)は入場料金が必要。各建物や安置されている仏像の案内には英語も併記されており、境内に常駐するガイドも必要に応じ英語で案内するため、海外からの観光客も安心して利用できる。
    長野駅から2km程の距離があるため、バスなどの公共交通機関も整備されているが、特に苦にもならない緩やかな坂道である上に、参道や仲見世通りには店も多く立ち並んでいるため、徒歩で参拝する人も多い。
    お勧めの季節は5月の新緑の季節。比較的人も少なく陽の光に照らされた新緑が素晴らしく、清々しい気持ちになれるだろう。お勧めの時間帯は夜。仲見世通り等の店は全て閉まっているが、その分休日でも人の姿はほとんどいない。ライトアップされた本堂を独り占めできるチャンスかもしれない。

    It's one of the representative temples in Nagano. It is visited by many worshippers and tourists from home and abroad throughout the year. In spite of this, the temple grounds are not overly touristy, and most worshippers and tourists, regardless of nationality or age, worship in relative silence. In addition to the enshrined Buddhist statues, many of the buildings themselves have been designated as national treasures or important cultural properties.
    Basically, you can use the temple for free, but some buildings (the main hall, sutra storehouse, temple gate, etc.) require an entrance fee. Information on each building and the Buddha statues enshrined therein is not only Japanese but also written in English, and guides stationed in the temple provide information in English when necessary, so tourists from overseas can use the temple with peace of mind.
    It is about 2 km from Nagano Station, so while public transportation such as buses are available, the road to the temple is a gentle slope that is not particularly difficult, and many stores are lined on the approach and Nakamise Street, so many people visit the temple on foot.
    It is about 2 km from Nagano Station, so while public transportation such as buses are available, the road to the temple is a gentle slope that is not particularly difficult, and many stores are lined on the approach and Nakamise Street, so many people visit the temple on foot.
    My recommendation season to visit is during the fresh green season in May. There are relatively few people here, and the fresh greenery in the sunlight is wonderful and refreshing. The best time to visit is at night. All the stores on Nakamise Street are closed, but this means that even on holidays there are few people around. You may have a chance to see the main hall lit up all by yourself.
    Written May 13, 2021
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  • Breckpeter
    10 contributions
    If you have never been to a Japanese baseball game you are missing a great time and this stadium adds to the event. The home team has cheerleaders and plays music for every hitter. The stadium is full of people wearing team swag and the ballon release in the 7th inning is a whole lot of fun.

    For beer lovers, you can bring in your own but they will pour them into paper cups as you enter the stadium. There are women with pony kegs on their back with multiple brands that you can buy in your seat.

    The food is not hot dogs etc but not to be missed.

    Get to game anywhere but If you’re in the area, this stadium is a not to be missed.
    Written January 7, 2020
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  • hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
    Vermont6,838 contributions
    Absolutely lovely - if you catch it just right.

    This ancient abandoned temple is tucked away amidst forests and open fields of tea. The walk up to the temple is long and passes several stalls of local villagers selling produce, plants and trinkets. There’s a small rest house selling food and water.

    Once you get beyond all of this, the walk through the countryside is long but easy, with some uphill passages. There are a few significant buildings along the way, but perhaps the most famous site is the red maple carpet.

    When you get to the temple there is a long, very steep and uneven flight of steps up to the closed and deserted building. But the main attraction in autumn is the carpet of red fallen maple leaves on a section of the path to the temple. This section is closed off to pedestrians from the top and bottom to keep the leaves intact. You can stand at the bottom and photograph up the path which looks like a deep red carpet going up the hill. When we visited it was not nearly as lovely or dramatic as some of the photos we have seen. You really have to hit it just right.

    We were the only Westerners we saw on the paths, but there were very many Japanese tourists. It did not seem crowded since the paths are long and wide and people tended to walk at different paces.

    And, when you find a temple called chicken foot, how can you resist visiting it?
    Written October 14, 2019
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  • John K
    Tokyo, Japan2 contributions
    Nice and good escape from city fun. I drove from home cribbing, but its worth. Lots of greenery sort of full package (river, hill and fun).
    Written May 9, 2015
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  • TWHK
    Hong Kong, China173 contributions
    Most tourists will surely go to this building. It is open to all. If you do not want to go to a few specific rooms, the entry is free. It is nice to take some time to visit this building.
    Written August 17, 2019
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  • CanuckJames
    Nishinomiya, Japan1,159 contributions
    Hot springs and snow crabs, that is how I will remember Kinosaki.

    The whole town is centered for tourism and the promotion of local products. All the local hotels offer Yukata (kimono) and Geta (clogs) to wear. You get a pass from the hotel which enables you to have unlimited visits to ALL the onsen in Kinosaki.

    The street is filled with gift shops, restaurants, and fishmongers. The specialty of the area is Matsubagani (Snow Crabs) which you can purchase live or steamed. (steamed is easier to handle)

    The multiple pedestrian bridges that cross the waterway gives you many opportunities to take great photos.

    You really do get a taste of small-town Japan.
    Written December 10, 2020
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  • ScambusterSZ
    Sydney, Australia1,809 contributions
    This site is only 15minutes drive from the Railway/ downtown.

    The museum is very well done and then you walk to the ‘village’ huts etc outside in about 5-10 minutes.

    It’s also very close to the Modern Art Museum so you knock over both but allow 3-4 hours to do both.
    Written March 30, 2021
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  • treesrgreenie
    Adelaide, Australia173 contributions
    Climb uneven stone steps to reach the top where the castle is. Prepare to take off your shoes before entry. Plastic bags provided to carry with you. Very steep wooden stairs inside but worth the climb to the top. The views are lovely. Quite steep again walking down but the castle is really old and a great insight to how it was back in its time. Watch your head. The beams are quite low so we heard a few bangs of the head from time to time.
    Written January 26, 2020
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  • Thế Đức
    Koganei, Japan12 contributions
    Although the glass wasn’t that red, it still looks kinda pretty. The park itself is very large that I couldn’t take a full walk through it
    Written April 17, 2021
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  • shinya4649
    95 contributions
    Aso-san, the symbol of Kumamoto Prefecture, is the largest compound volcano in Japan, situated in the central part of Aso Kuju National Park. The central cone group consists of five peaks, the highest 1592-meter Taka-dake, still active – – Naka-dake, Neko-dake, Eboshi-dake, and Kishima-dake. This mountain boasts arguably the largest caldera in the world, extending 25 kilometers in the north-south direction and 18 kilometers in the east-west direction.

    (阿蘇山は阿蘇くじゅう国立公園の中央部に位置する日本最大の複式活火山で、熊本県のシ ンボルである。中央火口丘群の5つの峰、標高1,592mの最高峰・高岳、現在も活動中の中岳、根子岳、烏帽子岳、杵島岳から成る。東西約18km・南北約25kmに及ぶ世界最大の力ルデラを誇ると言えよう)
    Written August 20, 2020
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