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The Water Voyage – Water Episode 3 – Uji-gawa river famous waters / Famous fine sake brewed from the waters of Fushimi. Lodge place: Momoyama Onsen Tsukimikan (桃山温泉 月見館)

The river flowing from the lake Biwa (琵琶湖) in Shiga Prefecture changes its name from  Setagawa (瀬田川), Ujigawa (宇治川), and then to the merging location…

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The Water Voyage – Water Episode 1 – From the Azuchi-Momoyama period, Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s favorite “ARIMA ONSEN” made from an ‘active fault’. Lodge: Arima Onsen Gekkoen Korokan (月光園 鴻朧館)

Regional revitalization of Arima Onsen by ‘Gyouki’, a monk of the Nara period Arima Onsen (有馬温泉) of the Hyogo Prefecture (兵庫県) is valued as one…

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The Water Voyage – A trip to HYOGO ARIMA, KYOTO FUSHIMI, OHARA, and MIYAMA

Japan’s largest Freshwater; Lake Biwa’s journey through Kansai Located in the SHIGA Prefecture (滋賀県) of the Kansai region, lies Japan’s largest freshwater and one of…

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“Summer Retreat” at a historical ONSEN inn nestled deep in the forest

KIRIZUMI ONSEN (霧積温泉) in GUNMA Prefecture is the best choice if you want to visit ONSEN in summer. I’ve visited this place in July, in…

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Outdoor ONSEN with cherry blossom view at one of 3 unexplored regions in Japan

There are places called “Japan’s 3 unexplored regions” – SHIRAKAWAGO (白川郷) in GIFU Prefecture, SHIIBA Village (椎葉村) in MIYAZAKI Prefecture, and IYA (祖谷) in TOKUSHIMA…

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Old but new. Tradition meets modern – 山代温泉 (YAMASHIRO ONSEN)

加賀 (KAGA) region in ISHIKAWA Prefecture is well known as a historical place where 前田利家 (TOSHIIE MAEDA), a famous SAMURAI governed. Even at the present…

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Beauty of silence at historical ONSEN hotel, YUNUSHI ICHIJO

From IWATE Prefecture to MIYAGI Prefecture   5th day of my TOUJI trip to northeast Japan. I moved from IWATE Prefecture to MIYAGI Prefecture.  …

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World’s oldest hotel in Guinness World Record with 1300 years history

World’s oldest hotel in Guinness World Record is located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.   “慶雲館 (KEI UN KAN)” at “西山温泉 (NISHIYAMA ONSEN)” started their operation…

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“HOTO”, the best local specialty food in Yamanashi Prefecture

What is ほうとう (HOTO / HOUTOU)?   “ほうとう (HOTO / HOUTOU)” is one of the local specialty foods in YAMANASHI Prefecture, and it is selected…

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