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Article by Elsda Li

My Hike Up Mt. Takao ⛰!

There is no better way to experience the culture and geography of Japan than to hike up one of their sacred and treasured mountains!

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Sight in Niigata

Kashiwazaki Whale Underpass

Constructed in 1986, the Kashiwazaki Whale Underpass passes under Highway 8 in order to allow pedestrians to cross it. Possibly the coolest underpass we've ever seen, the whale even has a jet of water shoot from its blowhole at regular intervals.

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Sight in Akita

Statue of Tatsuko

Situated at Lake Tazawa is the bronze statue of Tatsuko, a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

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Sight in Miyagi

Entsu-in Temple

A Buddhist temple with a long history, Entsu-in Temple features two gardens, one traditionally Japanese, the other Western-style. Classes teaching how to make

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Sight in Miyagi

Godai-do Hall

Godai-do Hall, built by feudal lord Date Masamune, is located on an islet connected to the bank of Zuigan-ji Temple grounds by a red bridge.

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Zuigan-ji Temple

[NOTICE: Zuigan-ji is undergoing renovations until March 2018. The main hall will be closed through March 2016. Instead, visitors can tour alternate buildings t

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Sight in Osaka

Mengyo Kaikan Hall (Japan Cotton Industry Club)

This hall is open to visitors once a month (every 3rd Saturday) as it remains a membership-based institution. Mengyo Kaikan Hall was designed by renowned archit

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Lafcadio Hearn Gravesite

Gravesite of international writer Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), later naturalized as Yakumo Koizumi, best known for his stories on Japanese legends and gh

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Birthplace of Akiko Yosano

Yosano Akiko was an author and poet actively involved in issues such as feminism, pacifism and social reforms.

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Sight in Kumamoto

Hitoyoshi Station

Hitoyoshi Station is the starting station of the SL Hitoyoshi line, a luxurious steam locomotive.

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Sight in Okinawa

Ikema Ohashi Bridge

Ikema Ohashi Bridge connects the islands Miyako-jima to Ikema-jima. This 1425-meter long bridge also offers a great view of the sea.

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Kurima Ohashi Bridge

Kurima Ohashi Bridge connects Miyakojima to Kurima Island.

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Katsuren Castle Remains

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Katsuren Castle Remains is located on the Yokatsu Peninsula in Okinawa.

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Zakimi Castle Remains

The Zakimi Castle Remains are located close to Camp Zama in Okinawa.

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Sight in Fukushima

Urabandai Visitor Center

The Urabandai Visitor Center is a tourist information center at Urabandai Heights, located in northern Fukushima. The area is known for its beautiful autumn col

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Shin-Yoshiwara Hanazono Pond (Benten Pond)

Shinyoshiwara Hanazono Pond, or Benten Pond, has a tragic history dating back to the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, when close to 500 people drowned trying to

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Nippori Station

This is a major hub for several important train lines. Passengers riding into Tokyo from Narita Airport on the Narita Sky Access train on the Keisei Line will a

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Sight in Hokkaido

Hakodate Russian Orthodox Church

Japan’s oldest Russian Orthodox Church.

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Sight in Hokkaido

Motomachi Roman Catholic Church

Located near the top of Daisansaka slope, this church is about a 15-minute hike from the main waterfront area of downtown Hakodate.

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Sight in Niigata

Sado Gold Mine

The historic site of the Sado Gold Mine is located on the western coast of Sado island.

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Owaraji (Kuratani's Big Straw Sandals)

The Owaraji of Kuratani are giant's sandals, which are hung at both ends of the town for protection every year in early spring.

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Edobashi Bridge

Edobashi Bridge or "Edo Bridge" spans the Nihonbashi River, and has been immortalized in the ukiyo-e print "Nihonbashi Bridge and Edobashi Bridge (Nihonbashi Ed

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Minatobashi Bridge

One of many different bridges that span the Nihonbashi and Sumida rivers. Has a lovely Edo era stone motif that is only viewable from the water.

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Chuo Ohashi Bridge

Chuo Ohashi is a large suspension bridge in Tokyo's Chuo ward connecting the islet districts Shinkawa and Tsukuda.

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Kachidoki Bridge

Built in the 1940s, this bridge is used to regularly open to allow the passage of ships to and from the shipbuilding area. The last time it opened, however, was

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Toyomi Bridge

Toyomi Bridge is the closest bridge to where the Nihonbashi River flows into the Sumida River as its tributary.

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Eitaibashi Bridge

Built in 1926, Etaibashi bridge is the symbol of reconstruction after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

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Meiji-maru Sailing Ship

Built in Scotland in 1876, the Meiji-maru is an iron sailing ship and the oldest surviving one of its kind in Japan. It was designated as an Important Cultural

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Kamejima Bridge

Kamejima translates to Turtle Island - the motif on the bridge recalls the pattern of a turtle's shell.

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Aioi Bridge (Tokyo)

Located only a short walk from Tsukishima Station, the Aioi Bridge crosses the Sumida River. One of its pillars sits on the island of Nakanojima Park, which fea

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Minami Takabashi Bridge

Built in 1932, this bridge is certified as one of the Tangible Cultural Properties of Tokyo's Chuo Ward.

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Sight in Osaka

Former Residence of Master Yasunari Kawabata

The former residence of Yasunari Kawabata is now inhabited by Tomie Kawabata, his niece, and her family.

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Birthplace of Yasunari Kawabata

Yasunari Kawabata was the first Japanese author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968. The place he was born is currently a Japanese restaurant.

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JR Tennoji Station

Tennoji Station is one of the major stations in Osaka. It is the closest station to Abeno Harukas, Japan's tallest building.

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Matsumushizuka

Located close to the Matsumushi streetcar station, this historic site is known for its association with the Emperor Gotoba. The 800-year-old Japanese hackberry

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Osaka Securities Exchange

The Osaka Securities Exchange, also called Kitahama due to its location, is a securities exchange specializing in derivatives.

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Naniwabashi Bridge (Lion Bridge)

Featuring classical lampposts and grand stone steps leading to Nakanoshima Park, Naniwabashi Bridge, or "Lion Bridge" is a 190-meter long bridge decorated with