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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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Kinkakuji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Koyasan Okunoin
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Mount Fuji
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Nijo Castle
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Himeji Castle
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hidden away and quiet temple with an amazing masterpiece (national treasure)
The Screen Door Paintings by Tohaku Hasegawa and his son and disciples are awesome.
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Temples, Shinto shrines, quiet walks along wooden planked pathways, moss covered gardens dappled by sunlight, koi ponds, and beautiful, ancient, artwork are all wonderful parts of this very large stretching temple...
This is a must see temple in Kyoto, the gardens are beautiful and are full of small sakura trees which makes for an amazing sight during sakura season.
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Breathtaking is the only word I can find to describe them: you will feel transported back to the salons and ballrooms of 19th century Europe and get a sense of the grandeur of the Meiji restoration period.
While sightseeing in Tokyo, I was heading back to my hotel on the subway and decided to jump off and take a look at the Akasaka Palace since I had some extra time before dinner, as it was a little after 4pm.
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There is the lovely and ultra convenient Hotel Granvia, all of the terrific restaurants in The Cube and Porta Underground, wonderful shopping in Isetan and Porta and my personal favorite, the twelve story escalato...
... stores, then the breathtaking escalator to the 15th storey roof garden, The Happy Garden, for tasteful relaxation and stunning views over the staions roof structure, Kyoto and the surrounding mountains.
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For some funny reason the FLW Imperial Hotel lobby is at the back, so you are forced to walk by everything else, which is mildly interesting, but the FLW is the crown jewel.
The buildings were well preserved and reconstructed, and thoughtfully laid out against the beautiful landscape.
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Bunshokan

Yamagata
It is a lovely museum of english renaissance architecture and it was the previous prefectural government office and assembly hall.
We were met here by Paul from Kanazawa adventures and he explained the pillars with the contemporary art in contemporary and historical styles of local artisans.
This is all straightforward good planning but there has been attention to detail in the huge glass roof as you exit the main hall to get your bearings on the city with a weather proofed area and lots of artwork.
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Kitchen street is a maze of restaurants, Ramen Street lives up to its name, Character Street sells popular animated characters, sweet (Okashi) shops abound and the main Hasegawa Liquor Store allows you to sample s...
Worth a stop by to snap this beautifully restored original Tokyo station..very impressive facade set amongst the very modern surrounding modern business buildings.
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This beautiful and historic temple can be reached from the nearest subway station, Keage Station on the Tozai Line (about 5 minutes walk) or alternatively you can take a bus from Kyoto Station.
The ancient aqueduct structure cuts through the east side of the temple still active to these days, brings water and electricity to Kyoto from Lake Biwa.
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Entrance is free and comes with free lockers, free English audio translations.
You can find about old building techniques of the castle, the features of constructions.
The Kobuntei is in the park and one has to pay a small entrance fee.
After walking up a flight of steps to the second floor, there is the Aomori Nebuta Tunnel which shows the festival origins and history, as well as creation process of the floats.
There are accounts of the history of development of the Nebuta floats, the artists who design and build the Nebutas, and cross-sections of part of the floats to show how, for example, the limbs of the giant figure...
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A must visit when going to Nagoya Castle, excellent examples of culture in the past and very well preserved.
At the time of our visit renovations are being carried out to the castle tower with steel scaffoldings blanketing the base of the tower.
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The view from the Tokyo Skytree which you can see from the height of 450 meters(approx 2000 feet) is superb both during the day and night.in the evening the Tokyo Skytree is beautifully lighted
Mt Fuji is simply so much more magnificent to see via Shinkansen and if you really want to see the whole city, the Shinjuku Metropolitan Building offers some amazing views too for much less.
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The beauty of the city 360 degree view on both sides of skyscrapers in Osaka or Umeda area and open side on the other side of the river and the light colors of the horizon in different colors :- yellow, pink and r...
This is part of the Umeda sky building and well worth the entrance fee for the superb views both from the inside observation floor and the outdoor rooftop observation deck.
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Genkyuen

Hikone
If you are in Hikone and visiting the castle, you'll want to see this garden as well.
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Just everything is here, trains, buses, Tokyu Hands, department store, masses of shops, brilliant bookshops, an incredible range of restaurants on the top two floors and more in the basement.
Great for food, follow your nose to the made on the spot croissants which we had daily, shopping, people watching and the marvelous rooftop observation deck.
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Ambience: 5/5 Cleanliness: 5/5 Physical Ease: 5/5 Fun: 5/5 Value for Money: 5/5 The Good: An excellent architecture with the hallmarks of world class Japanese engineering, a must see, especially since this structu...
this is the best place to see the high rise buildings that made the beautiful Osaka skyline, the river with the many bridges, and a magnificent horizon.
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Tokyo Tower

Shibakoen
This attraction is an excellent part of the Tokyo visitng itinerary; it is managed to the highest possible standards, the staff are simply a delight and the whole structure, inside and out is spotlessly clean.
Visit the observation deck for amazing views across Tokyo, take time to visit the stalls on the floor beneath and just outside there is a fabulous crepe stand..yum Definitely well worth a visit
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Magnificent statues, sculptures, reliefs, and whatnot pepper both buildings where you can spend quite a few hours viewing the exhibits and reading the excellent English descriptions most of them have.
No photos allowed, but there is a number of surprisingly affordable catalogs of the collection (primarily in Japanese but with English summaries)
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It's a beautiful gate and has wooden benches and flowers for seating around... just sit with a coffee or a snack and enjoy the spacious design of the Tsuzumi Gate
The name of surprise is Tsuzumi Gate designed by Shirae Associates, an architecture firm led by architect Ryuzo Shirae.
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It is an amazing place to tour if you're even just slightly interested in archeology and also close to the delightful Aomori Museum of Art.
In addition there are some excavated exhibits, including climate protected ones, of the original findings of pottery works, burial artefacts, building foundations etc.
Easy to navigate, with the fashion and art beautifully displayed.
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Art House Project

Naoshima-cho
The Art House Project is really a great attraction for the island and highly recommended for anyone wanting to wander around a bit and simply enjoy art for art’s sake.
The Art House Project has taken up the lead in restoration of vacant houses in Hommura with artists then taking up the spaces for exhibitions, both play a great part in preserving some of the most beautiful early...
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