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Amanohashidate Amanohashidate, sometimes called “The Bridge to Heaven” is a 3.6 kilometer sand bridge formed over thousands of years and is now a beloved landmark in northern Kyoto prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan. It’s been crowned one of the three most beautiful spots in Japan. To behold the natural beauty best, we recommend you rise to a peak on either side by lift or cable car. Traveling across the nature park’s…

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Kumano Kodo

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Kumano Kodo Due South of Kyoto, in the Wakayama Prefecture, lies the Kii Peninsula, stretch of forest and mountains that has long been thought to be the home of many Shinto deities, or spirits, known as “Kami” — which later morphed into expressions of the Bodhisattva as the Buddhist and Shinto faiths became intertwined within Japan’s religious beliefs. As early as the Ninth Century, the country’s early emperors would make a pilgrimage to the region…

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The 45 views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai

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The 45 views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai HIS EARLY LIFE (1760-1795) Hokusai was born on the 23rd day of 9th month of the 10th year of the Horeki period (October or November 1760) to an artisan family, in the Katsushika district of Edo, Japan. His childhood name was Tokitaro. It is believed his father was the mirror-maker Nakajima Ise, who produced mirrors for the shogun. His father never made Hokusai an heir, so…

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Major events in Japanese history

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The Asuka Era The period from 592 to 710 is called “the Asuka Era,” because the capital was in Asuka district in the era.It was the cradle-time for the imperial dynasty to establish its sovereignty. Buddhism was brought from China : 538 Buddhism was not only a religion but also a vast tome of deep knowledge about everything in those days. Japanese learn various knowledge from Chinese Buddhism priest.Buddhism was also a powerful weapon for…

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Mount Ibuki

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Mount Ibuki Mount Ibuki is the mountain on the border between Gifu Prefecture and Shiga Prefecture. The height is 1,377 meters, and the top is on the Shiga side.   Along the south foot, Tokaido Shinkansen and Meishin Expressway run, and this area is the important traffic route connecting Tokai District and Kansai District. We can see the mountain from a Shinkansen window between Gifu-Hashima and Maibara stations. This mountain was an undersea volcano tens…

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