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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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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Sōja City And The Scenic Hidden Gems That Many Don’t Know

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If you are after some hidden gems in the Chūgoku area, then come to Sōja City (総社市) in Okayama Prefecture the beautiful nature spots that the non-locals might not be aware of. Apart from the scenic places, you will also find a castle that used to house demons. And at the other side of the city, there is this shrine that has the most unique wooden plaques in Japan!

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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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Kojima Jeans Street and Other Awesome Attractions in Kojima

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Kojima District (児島郡) in Kurashiki City Okayama Prefecture is Japan’s denim mecca. As soon as you step out of the JR train, you will be surprised by the amount of jeans-related decoration throughout the district.

But Kojima is more than just the Kojima Jeans Street. The sunset from Mt. Washu (鷲羽山) was chosen to be the 100 Best Sunsets In Japan. The 6.3 km promenade with a starting point close to JR Kojima Station is another attraction that cyclists and hikers come to Kojima for. And if you love Japanese student uniforms, have a free cosplay session at the Kojima Student Uniform Museum!

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Senshu Park – An Unusual Castle Park in Akita City

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Just minutes away from JR Akita Station, the Senshu Park isn’t just another park that you can find in Japan. In the park, you will find a castle, a tea ceremony tea house, three shrines, a museum, an art gallery, and even a library! What is even more awesome is the castle has been recognised as one of the best 100 castles in Japan and the cherry blossom scenery in the park is also one of the top 100 cherry blossom spots in the country!

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Appi Kogen – The Biggest Resort in Northeast Japan

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Located in the western part of Iwate prefecture in the Northeast of Japan, Appi Kogen (安比高原) is an alluringly beautiful place for relaxing walks along the plateau from Spring to Autumn. When the region transforms into a winter wonderland, many flocks to Appi Kogen for skiing or snowboarding on its high-quality snow! (Appi Ski Resort is said to be comparable with the resorts in Hokkaido!)

If you enjoy spending time with nature and love outdoor activities, then Appi Kogen in Iwate prefecture is definitely a spot that you won’t want to miss out on (^_-)-☆.

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Hachimantai – The Dragon Eye and Other Amazing Natural Wonders

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Hachimantai (八幡平) in Towada-Hachimantai National Park (十和田八幡平国立公園) is a magnificent patch of nature on the prefectural border between Iwate (岩手) and Akita (秋田). Whilst it is said that the autumn foliage scenery is better at the Akita side of Hachimantai, the summit of Mt. Hachimantai and a lot of the natural wonders are located in Iwate prefecture.

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