Izushi – A Castle Town that Retains the Past Eras’ Remnants

Izushi – A Castle Town that Retains the Past Eras’ Remnants

Izushi (出石) is a quaint town in Toyooka City where you can find traces the Japanese history since the Edo period. Although it might not seem like it nowadays, the castle town used to be so prosperous that people called it Tajima Province’s Little Kyoto! Because the town is sitting off the train lines, little changes were made to the appearance of the township, enabling it to be selected as an important traditional buildings preservation district.

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Miyazu City’s Best 3 Attractions other than Amanohashidate

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Miyazu, a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture is best known for one of the Three Views of Japan (日本三景, Nihon Sankei) – Amanohashidate. The 3.6 km long sandbar with the surrounding nature is one of the celebrated scenic sites in Japan that most Japanese would love to visit at least once in their life. But when one attraction being so famous, other spots that have their special charm nearby can be easily overlooked.

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Amanohashidate – One of the Top Three Scenic Places in Japan

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Amanohashidate (天橋立), elected to be one of the Three Views of Japan (日本三景, Nihon Sankei), is one of the celebrated scenic sites in Japan that most Japanese would love to visit at least once in their life. The place is just stunning throughout the year. There is cherry blossom in spring, maple leaves in autumn, the area is even more beautiful when the sandbar and the surrounding area are covered in white snow!

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Kannabe Kōgen – The Crater and Other Astonishing Landscapes

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If you are visiting Kansai and are looking for a resort area, consider Kannabe Kōgen in Hyōgo Prefecture’s Toyooka City! It is a plateau located in the outer ring of Mt. Kanabe (神鍋山) and is known as one of the leading ski resorts in Kansai. When the breath of spring releases the Kannabe Kōgen from the long cold winter, it is a perfect place for outdoor recreation activities.

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Kurama & Kibune – The Hidden Gems in the Mountain of Kyoto

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If you ever wonder whether there is a spot that is naturally cool in Kyoto, then read on! Mt. Kurama and Kibune located at the northernmost part of Kyoto are where the locals head to when they want to escape the summer heat. Having the Kawadoko (川床) dining at Kibune on the platform built above the river after wandering around the area is the best way to spend a summer day in Kyoto!

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Kinosaki Onsen and the Stunning Michelin Certified Scenery

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Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) at northern Hyōgo Prefecture has become more and more popular among tourists across Japan and around the world. And it won’t be hard to understand the reason at all once you have seen the Michelin two-star rated scenery from Mt. Daishi (大師山) and other historical and cultural charms of the hot spring resort that has prospered for more than 1,300 years!

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Takeda Castle – The Hidden Castle Ruins in the Sky

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Japan really is a great island country for its fantastic sceneries. One of them is the Takeda Castle Ruins (竹田城) located up in Mt. Kojōzan (古城山) in Hyōgo Prefecture (兵庫県). Castle ruins may not sound too exciting or appealing to some people, but the location and its rich history got it ranked as one of the Top 100 Castles in Japan! It has also been listed as one of the designated National Important Cultural Properties!

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Kobe – Your Ultimate Guide to The Scenic Port City

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Kobe (神戸), a fashionable port city only a 30 minutes train ride from Osaka, has many hidden gems that many international visitors aren’t aware of. As a international trading port since 1868, many choose to pass it by when they visit Kansai because the city seems to be filled with western elements that aren’t unique to Japan. But what they don’t know is, there are quite a few traditional Japanese attractions in Kobe that are worth visiting. And, even with those western inspirations, the people of Kobe have added to them their own creative spin to create an experience not available anywhere else in the world!

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Kitano Ijinkan-gai and the Most Interesting Old Houses You Will Ever Find

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If sightseeing is what you’re after in Kobe, stopping by the Kitano Ijinkan-Gai (北野異人館街) is a must – even if you come from the European countries that these houses feature. The old houses that are open to the public have all been renovated into museums with different themes. From the ones where you get to peek into the lifestyles of those European aristocrats two centuries ago to the ones where you pose for hilarious photos, it is a spot in Kobe that you will have so much fun at!

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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Nunobiki Falls Ultimate Guide

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Nunobiki Falls (布引の滝) is considered one of the Three Greatest Divine Waterfalls in Japan together with the Nachi Falls (那智の滝) in Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県) and the Kegon Falls (華厳滝) in Nikkō National Park in Tochigi Prefecture. And of course, the Nunobiki Falls was also chosen to be one of the Top 100 Waterfalls in Japan. So it might be hard to believe that such a famous waterfall is only a 10 to 15 minutes’ hike away from Shin-Kobe Station.

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