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Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle is located in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture. The castle was built originally in 1467.I have visited many castles in Japan and this is my favorite. The curved stone walls are known as musha-gaeshi, which were built with wooden overhangs. These were purpose built to fortif…(109 words)

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Kevin

UNKAI Sea of Clouds in Hokkaido images

UNKAI Sea of Clouds in Hokkaido

Unkai Terrace is located in the resort town of Tomamu in Hokkaido Japan, about a 2.5 hour drive from Sapporo. The word "Unkai" in Japanese means "sea of clouds" and the natural phenomena only occurs occasionally, typically on summer mornings. Resort Tomamu located in Shimukappu village has the unka…(313 words)

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EmiOnishi

Neon lights of Shinjuku images

Neon lights of Shinjuku

If you're in the search for neon lights, head to Shinjuku. Here you'll find more blinking lights, giant advertisement signs, and busy crowds than almost anywhere else in Tokyo. Head out Shinjuku Station's East Exit and walk towards Kabukichō, Tokyo's red-light-district. This is also the area where …(117 words)

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Emelie Fågelstedt

Sumo!! images

Sumo!!

Sumo-the image conjured up in many gaijin minds is that of a couple of overweight guys in adult diapers belly-bumping each other until one of man falls off a raised platform like a drunken Baby Huey. As a martial artist, I never really thought of sumo in that way, but I get why others would. Still,…(1153 words)

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Dave

Go see the sea paradise in Miyako Island (Miyako-Jima) in Okinawa! images

Go see the sea paradise in Miyako Island (Miyako-Jima) in Okinawa!

My wife and I make it a rule to visit Okinawa every summer, as it's a marriage promise that I made to her. She was living there for 4 years in her university days and enjoyed skin diving and snorkeling in the sea, so she wants to go back there every year.We think the best attraction in Okinawa…(417 words)

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maxnino

Escape To Nikko images

Escape To Nikko

If you really want a chance to experience a taste of ‘traditional’ Japan, like you might see in the movies, you should check out a place like the city of Nikko. It is only a two hour bullet train, shinkansen, ride away from Tokyo station. Frequently you hear about going to Kyoto, the old capitol t…(508 words)

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Alex

Summer Festival in your neighborhood images

Summer Festival in your neighborhood

This useful tip is for short term visitors and for long term residents, both. If you wish to immerse in local japanese culture, make new friends, know your neighborhood, or simply enjoy a fun-filled evening with beer, pan-fried noodles ("yaki soba"), etc. look out for summer festivals organized in …(192 words)

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Samir Bodhe

Kawagoe: The Perfect Day Trip from Tokyo images

Kawagoe: The Perfect Day Trip from Tokyo

Little Kawagoe, a short one hour train ride away from Shinjuku Station on the Seibu Line, is a wonderful spot to get away from the big city and feast your eyes on buildings from the Edo and Meiji era.The main street is lined on both sides by gorgeous old wooden merchant houses, shops and inns, …(218 words)

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Chiara

2.5 Jigen Kamimatsuri: Anime/Subculture Event images

2.5 Jigen Kamimatsuri: Anime/Subculture Event

Video coverage by Subtokyo:http://youtu.be/LMFhlqb9JbwI've been to many Anime or Subculture related events during my past 5 years in Japan and even before that when I was back in America. While the most exciting of events usually happen at giant convention centers like Tokyo Big Sight and Mak…(594 words)

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Alex Kobayashi /Subtokyo

Hanami at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo images

Hanami at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

The Japanese garden at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo is one of the best places to see all kinds of Japanese flowers throughout the year. Of course, it is also an excellent place to see sakura - cherry blossoms.The first picture is from the Ninomaru Japanese garden. You can always visit this beau…(308 words)

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David

Sake Brewery Visit in Shisui, Chiba images

Sake Brewery Visit in Shisui, Chiba

Have you ever visited Shisui (酒々井)town near Narita city in Chiba? The place is named after a popular story about a well (井戸)where sake (酒)seemed to have sprang up. There is a long established (300 years old) sake brewery in the beautiful rice field countryside. Please visit the brew house …(189 words)

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Hatha Yoga Lover

Tourist Tip #9: One-stop Super Shopping Stores images

Tourist Tip #9: One-stop Super Shopping Stores

In July and August of last year, I wrote about a few excellent places to shop for souvenirs:http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3317http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3432However, this morning I noticed that I'd completely left out one of my personal favourite places to shop at, one I visit at least onc…(291 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Maid Cafe experience images

Maid Cafe experience

Take a sneak peek at Maid Cafe --- yes, I've been curious but not motivated enough much so far.But as a professional Tokyo tour guide, I needed to have the experience before I take guests there. So I went with seven other guide friends.There are tons of maid cafes in Akihabara, different co…(363 words)

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Zara

Kusatsu Onsen (Hot Springs), relaxation Japanese style images

Kusatsu Onsen (Hot Springs), relaxation Japanese style

Going to hot springs in Japan is high on the list of great things to do and is a fantastic way to calm the nerves and get refreshed. Few things are as an authentic Japanese experience as going to a Japanese hot spring and enjoying the local Japanese cuisine and accommodations. Amongst hot springs, …(338 words)

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Aron

On your way to Hakone or Mt. Fuji, stop by great spots in Odawara images

On your way to Hakone or Mt. Fuji, stop by great spots in Odawara

Odawara city in Kanagawa Prefecture was once a center of politics, culture and administration overseeing the Kanto region back in the Sengoku period (the Age of Civil Wars) in Japan. Historically, Odawara Castle was governed by the feudal lords of five generations called “Hojo five generations” for…(1120 words)

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ZEROIN -INTERNSHIP

Kagoshima, Japan: Mysterious forests of Yakushima, exciting taste experiences images

Kagoshima, Japan: Mysterious forests of Yakushima, exciting taste experiences

"Get the latest updates here on Deep Japan as we collaborate with Tokyo Broadcasting System(TBS) Television, JNN(Japan News Network/TBS nation wide affiliates)'s seven-station network across Japan and Vietnam's VTV station to bring the people in Vietnam informative and fun reports from the fantasti…(642 words)

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sarajean

Summer in Japan images

Summer in Japan

Why visit Japan in summer“Japan is a true "year-round" destination, but if you like the heat - and lively festivals - then summer is the perfect time for you to visit! Summer in Japan lasts from about June to mid-September. Summers isare hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from approximate…(431 words)

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DeepJapan

Go north! Nikko National Park Day 1 images

Go north! Nikko National Park Day 1

One is to take the so called “Golden Route” south-west toward Hakone and Kyoto. But Japanese people often go north instead. Fit for couples, families and even a solitary getaway from the constant drone of societal pressures, it only takes about two hours on the new Tobu Revaty to get to the Nikko a…(928 words)

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DeepJapan Editor

Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture images

Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture

Often said to be Japan's best example of a complete fortress castle, Himeji Castle is a picturesque beauty, sitting atop a hill in Hyogo Prefecture. It is often referred to as either a white egret or heron, referring to its white exterior and elegant shape, much like a great bird in flight.Som…(280 words)

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mikekato

Morning sumo practice in the Kitanoumi-beya images

Morning sumo practice in the Kitanoumi-beya

I got up early one morning to go visit the morning sumo practice, keiko, at the Kitanoumi-beya in Kotu-ku, Tokyo. We were instructed not to talk, move, or show the back of our feet out of respect to the training sumo wrestlers and trainees. One hour watching these men train for the upcoming tournam…(223 words)

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Emelie Fågelstedt

Japan's Deepest Bay Produces Great Fish and Awesome Views images

Japan's Deepest Bay Produces Great Fish and Awesome Views

DEEPEST BAY in JapanLet me introduce you to a place call Suruga Bay, which is located in Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka prefecture, which has the deepest bay in Japan and it extends to 2,500 meters below the sea level (Bay of Bengal is the deepest bay in the world with 2,574 meters). The weather…(420 words)

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AustinA

Tokyo Survival Game Field – ASOBIBA - images

Tokyo Survival Game Field – ASOBIBA -

“Survival game” ( “Sabagee” for short) is a shooting game where two teams armed with airsoft BB guns (with 6mm dia. plastic balls) battle each other. This entertainment play has originated in Japan and “ASOBIBA” is the place where you can give it a try within Tokyo. Sabagee is getting very popular …(271 words)

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totowatanabe

Shibata Castle, Niigata Prefecture images

Shibata Castle, Niigata Prefecture

I first visited Shibata in April 2013. Shibata is located in Niigata prefecture which is on the western coast of Japan's main island and is known for its pristine landscape. Within the prefecture is the second most extensive land area devoted to National Parks. Ijimino Park and Ominesan Sakura P…(171 words)

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Dolores

Gorgeous and Exotic "Pontocho" in Kyoto! images

Gorgeous and Exotic "Pontocho" in Kyoto!

At night, Kamogawa riverside is turned to be the scenic site well-known for its gorgeous Pontocho in Kyoto! I used to take my friends visiting Kyoto to Pontocho without fail. I just love their atmosphere - the traditional lantern lights in their narrow street are really exotic. Summer is here …(257 words)

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EmiOnishi

Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri images

Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri

Tanabata, which means "double seven" in Japanese, is celebrated usually on the 7th of July, as one might expect. It is a celebration stemming from the lunar/solar calendar and the meeting of a mythical cowherd and weaver girl throughout much of East Asia.On July 7th, people throughout Japan pl…(489 words)

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mikekato

Enjoy Autumn in Asakusa images

Enjoy Autumn in Asakusa

Asakusa Touroue is held from September 13 through 27. Many Tourou (lanterns) light up the alleys in Sensoji. Visit at night. You can see a dance by Geisha at Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center on Saturdays (see below). The tickets will be available at the Center from 10:00 each day on a fir…(161 words)

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Keiko, OTT

2-Day Trip to Fujigoko (Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji) in winter 3/3 images

2-Day Trip to Fujigoko (Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji) in winter 3/3

9:50 Departed from the hotel10:00 Visited ITCHIKU KUBOTA Art Museum10:39 Got on a local bus11:00 Arrived at Mt. Fuji Station. Shopping at Q-STA within the station building 11:30 Got on a local bus, Moved to Lake Yamanaka11:53 Arrived at Hotel Mt. FUJI 12:00 Lunch at Restaurant…(807 words)

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ZEROIN -INTERNSHIP

Mt Fuji Views from Enoshima Island near Kamakura images

Mt Fuji Views from Enoshima Island near Kamakura

Enoshima island is a fun destination for a day trip from Tokyo anytime of the year. You can see the island and its lighthouse from Kamakura further along the Shonan coast.The lighthouse is called the Sea Candle and must be one of the best viewpoints to admire iconic Fuji-san from this side. Fro…(213 words)

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David

Samurai battlefield spectacle -tradition over 1000 years - images

Samurai battlefield spectacle -tradition over 1000 years -

Soma-nomaoi (literally means wild horse chase in Soma) is a traditional Shinto ritual and local festival in Soma City, held every July for three days, its history over 1000 years Originally developed as a military training and now it's widely known as the biggest samurai on horse festival i…(722 words)

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Zara

Kamakurabori Museum Encounter the world of Kamakurabori carving, a traditional handcraft images

Kamakurabori Museum Encounter the world of Kamakurabori carving, a traditional handcraft

Even if you have never heard the name “Kamakurabori”, I am sure that many people would say “oh, I have seen this before!” when they see the real thing. Some might incorporate Kamakurabori carvings in their daily lives, whether in a tray, incense container or tea canister. It is a traditional handcr…(1148 words)

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Kanagawa P.G.T.D.

Koiwai, the Disneyland of Dairy Farms in Japan images

Koiwai, the Disneyland of Dairy Farms in Japan

Running across the open and perfectly manicured grass field, I was delighted that Koiwai Farms is not just about cows. We were there on a business trip trying to help the town of Shizukuishi uncover jewels of interest for visiting international guests. Let me tell you, there were plenty.My …(1121 words)

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Only 35 minutes from Tokyo and 15 minutes from Hakone! - Experience historical Japan! images

Only 35 minutes from Tokyo and 15 minutes from Hakone! - Experience historical Japan!

Odawara is easy to access from the heart of hakone-town (15 minutes from Hakoneyumoto station) and even from Tokyo station, you can get there in 35 minutes by taking Shinkansen Kodama. I highly recommend to stop by at Odawara and check out the castle when you visit Hakone- you will learn the rich h…(982 words)

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ZEROIN -INTERNSHIP

Visit to a Shinto Shrine, steps to follow and their explanations images

Visit to a Shinto Shrine, steps to follow and their explanations

Working for one of the main Shinto Shrine in Japan, there are a few things that I've been able to study, experiment and understand through my work. Here are a few advice if you wish to make a proper visit of a Shinto place, with the usual respect signs to show to the Gods... that even Japanese …(900 words)

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Sam

Aomori Japan: Vibrant and Productive with Rich History and Strong Tradition images

Aomori Japan: Vibrant and Productive with Rich History and Strong Tradition

"Get the latest updates here on Deep Japan as we collaborate with Tokyo Broadcasting System(TBS) Television, JNN(Japan News Network/TBS nation wide affiliates)'s seven-station network across Japan and Vietnam's VTV station to bring the people in Vietnam informative and fun reports from the fantasti…(784 words)

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Quick and easy things to do in Yokohama #13 images

Quick and easy things to do in Yokohama #13

Honmoku Sancho Park is a massive oasis of flora and quiet located in western Naka-ku. Comprised of several connecting hilltops with a plethora of trees and grassy lawns, the park explodes with colour in the spring. It's a perfect place, if not one of the best, to enjoy the sights and sounds of Hana…(407 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

The many different ways to get to Kusatsu images

The many different ways to get to Kusatsu

Kusatsu is less frequented by foreign visitors given that it doesn’t have a train station, never mind a bullet train stop. That isolation is one of the reasons Kusatsu has managed to maintain its special atmosphere, but for those that want to go there it’s actually not difficult to get to.On my…(535 words)

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AndrewShuttleworth

Cycling the scenic Seto Inland Sea images

Cycling the scenic Seto Inland Sea

If you're looking for a holiday in Japan which involves stunning scenery, great food and some moderate exercise then the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Cycling route is for you. The cycling route runs for about 70 kilometres across 6 islands and bridges of the Seto Inland Sea, linking Imabari City in Ehi…(605 words)

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Phil

Ikebukuro in tokyo, there is a legend that Kishibojin. images

Ikebukuro in tokyo, there is a legend that Kishibojin.

Away from IkebukuroThere is a town called Zōshigaya.There is a candy shop there.The shop is called “DA-GA-SHI-YA=駄菓子屋”.There is a children's playground.Delicious is not, but it is interesting sweets.In Japan, the candy has been entertained as a toy.In its place, there is a…(137 words)

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asteka

Small Fuji. When you climb, your wish will come true? images

Small Fuji. When you climb, your wish will come true?

Between Shinjuku and Harajuku, there is Mount Fuji.You will climb easily. Because the Fuji is small.The Fuji was created 200 years ago.The Fuji is named "FUJIZUKA".Why "FUJIZUKA" has been made?From more than 200 years ago, for the Japanese,Fuji was a special mountain.It is a m…(155 words)

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asteka

Old Tokyo Alive and Well in Taito Town images

Old Tokyo Alive and Well in Taito Town

Old Tokyo is alive and well in a few pockets of the city. History lovers and nostalgia junkies alike would be intrigued by Taito ward’s Asakusa, Yanaka, and Ueno neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own distinct character and feel, but they all capture the spirit of old Tokyo. The Sensoji t…(860 words)

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Taito-kun