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Yumoto Onsen / Nikko / Tokyo & Kanto Area

Yumoto (lit. "origin of hot water") is a small hot spring town in the back of Okunikko ("Inner Nikko") and part of Nikko National Park. The town is attractively located next to Lake Yunoko (lit. "hot water lake") and consists mainly of ryokan with hot spring baths.

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Engakuji Temple / Kamakura / Tokyo & Kanto Area

Engakuji is one of the leading Zen temples in Eastern Japan and the number two of Kamakura's five great Zen temples. Engakuji was founded by the ruling regent Hojo Tokimune in the year 1282, one year after the second invasion attempt by the Mongols had been reverted. One purpose of the new temple was to pay respect to the fallen Japanese and Mongolian soldiers.

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Zeniarai Benten Shrine / Kamakura

Zeniarai Benten Shrine is a popular shrine in western Kamakura, which people visit to wash their money (zeniarai means "coin washing"). It is said that money washed in the shrine's spring, will double.
Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder of the Kamakura government, ordered the shrine's construction after a god appeared in his dream and recommended him to build the shrine in order to bring peace to the country.

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Enoshima / Kamakura

Only a short train ride west of Kamakura, Enoshima is a pleasantly touristy island just off coast but connected by bridge with the mainland.
The island offers a variety of attractions, including a shrine, park, observation tower and caves. Views of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed on days with good visibility.

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Kenchoji Temple (建長寺) / Kamakura

Kenchoji is the number one of Kamakura's five great Zen temples.
The oldest Zen temple in Kamakura, Kenchoji was founded by the ruling regent Hojo Tokiyori in 1253 during the Kencho Era after which it was named. Its first head priest was Rankei Doryu, a Zen priest from China.

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Kamakura Hiking Trails / Kamakura

Kamakura is surrounded by the ocean in the south and by wooded hills in all other directions.
Attractive hiking trails lead through the woods along these hills and connect various atmospheric temples. They are a great way to travel between some of Kamakura's sights.

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Japan: Some like it raw

Japan: Some like it raw
tribune.com.pk - Jan 16, 2011

Before I went to Japan, I never imagined myself eating live shell fish, raw oysters and octopus. I have visited so many Asian countries, but somehow never worked Japan into my travel plans. I suppose it is a country that Pakistanis associate with durable cars, electronic wonders, and little else. If we stretch our minds a bit, stereotypical Japanese kimonos or fans might be added to the list. Recently, I was fortunate enough to visit Japan and live for several weeks in the midst of its unique mix of ultramodernity and ancient ways, including the most complicated hi tech toilets I've ever encountered. (tribune.com.pk)

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Yokohama / Tokyo & Kanto Area

With a population of over three million people is Yokohama Japan's second largest city. Yokohama is located less than half an hour south of Tokyo by train, and is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture.

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The spot around Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenjiko) / Nikko / Tokyo & Kanto Area

Chuzenjiko is especially beautiful in mid to late October, when the autumn colors reach their peak along the lake's shores and surrounding mountains.
And during Japan's hot summers, the lake's high elevation (1269 meters above sea level) keeps the area cool and comfortable, which in the past has attracted foreign embassies to build recreation villas along its shores.

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Sankeien Garden / Yokohama / Tokyo & Kanto Area

Sankeien is a spacious Japanese style garden in southern Yokohama which exhibits a number of historic buildings from across Japan. There is a pond, small rivers, flowers and wonderful scrolling trails that make you think you are in Kyoto rather than Yokohama.

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Minato Mirai 21 / Yokohama / Tokyo & Kanto Area

Minato Mirai 21 is a seaside urban area in central Yokohama whose name means "harbor of the future". It has many large high-rises, including Japan's tallest building, the Landmark Tower. Until the 1980s the area was a large shipyard, but the shipyard moved and development began for a new city center.

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Yokohama Chinatown / Yokohama / Tokyo & Kanto Area

Yokohama Chinatown (Yokohama Chukagai) is Japan's largest chinatown, located in central Yokohama.
Yokohama Chinatown quickly developed, after the port of Yokohama had been one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to foreign trade in 1859. It became the residence of the many Chinese traders who settled down in the city.

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Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenjiko) / Nikko / Tokyo & Kanto Area

Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenjiko) is a scenic lake in the mountains above the town of Nikko. It is located at the foot of Mount Nantai, Nikko's sacred volcano, whose eruption blocked the valley below, thereby creating Lake Chuzenji about 20,000 years ago.

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Nara to set hill on fire for good harvest

Nara to set hill on fire for good harvest
Japan Times - Jan 14, 2011

Even though Nara's 1,300th birthday party is over, the action continues. The annual yamayaki (grass- burning) festival is scheduled for Jan. 22 and will take place on Mount Wakakusa in central Nara. It should be quite a spectacle. The ritualistic burning of the 342-meter-tall hill dates back to the Edo Period (1603-1867), when people reportedly started torching the grass due to the widely-held belief that ghosts would haunt them if they didn't. (Japan Times)

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Kiyomasa’s Well at Meiji Shrine popular as power spot

A well in a garden of Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine has drawn masses of visitors who believe it is a power spot where they can experience positive energy.
Meiji Shirine is the largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his consort, Emperess Shoken, who passed away in 1912 & 1914 respectively. It was constructed just after the first world war.

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“Michelin Guide Tokyo Yokohama Kamakura 2011″ rollout

The rolloout of the 2011 edition of ”Michelin Guide Tokyo” revealing its contents was held on the Nov. 24th.
There are some new features in the latest edition which is the fourth edition of this Guide. One is that it adopts an icon called “Coin mark” which indicates a restaurant at which you can enjoy a meal at 5000 yen (≒$ 61,€46)or less like the lateset edition of the Guide of restaurants in Kansai(the West Japan).

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Harajuku / Tokyo / Tokyo & Kanto Area

Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station, one station north of Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for grown-ups and some historic sights.

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Ryoanji Temple / Kyoto / Kyoto & Kansai

Ryoanji Temple is the site of Japan's most famous rock garden, which attracts hundreds of visitors every day.
Originally an aristocrat's villa during the Heian Period, the site was converted into a Zen temple in 1450 and belongs to the Myoshinji school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, whose head temple stands just a kilometer to the south.

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Tokyo Imperial Palace / Tokyo

The current Imperial Palace (Kokyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, a short walk from Tokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family.

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Nijo Castle (Nijojo) / Kyoto & Kansai

Nijo Castle (Nijojo) was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Edo Shogunate, as the Kyoto residence for himself and his successors.
The palace building, now known as Ninomaru ("secondary castle"), was completed in 1603 and enlarged by Ieyasu's grandson Iemitsu. It survives in its original form and is famous for its Momoyama architecture, decorated sliding doors and floors that squeak like nightingales when someone walks on them (a security measure against intruders).

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