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Natural and spiritual splendor...

Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima, about 20km west of central Hiroshima, is famous for being constructed over the water so as not def...

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Otaru Kihinkan: A luxurious vi...

It took 6 and a half years from 1917 to build this extravagant villa of the Aoyama family, a fishing magnate that enjoyed enormous...

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Setoda Daytripping: Enjoy some...

The island-hopping Shimanami Kaido route between Onomichi on Japan’s main island of Honshu and Imabari on the island of Shikoku is...

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Licence to tabe-aruki: Eating ...

Look at any guide to the intricate world of Japanese manners and you will find the rule that you are not supposed to eat while you...

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Beautifully presented plate lu...

Hiroshima has some amazing local food; okonomiyaki, oysters, hot and cold spicy noodles, the bounty of the Seto Inland Sea. And it...

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Cats, cafes and temples: Explo...

If you like cats and want to go “Peak Onomichi”, Neko-no-hoso-michi, Onomichi’s “Cat Alley” is a must visit.Most of Onomichi cling...

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Retro Shopping Experience: Ono...

Most Japanese towns have a covered shopping arcade - or shotengai - in their city center. In larger cities these places are packed...

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Disappearing Japan: Ini-no-tan...

Over 300 terraced rice fields hug the side of a high mountain valley in Akiota-cho make for a beautiful site that attracts many ph...

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