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The former westernmost railway connecting Nagasaki coastal line with a variety of pleasures

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The Matsuura Railway (known as MR) was established in 1987 as a third sector company, inheriting the JNR (Japanese National Railway) Matsuura-line (its operation was started during the World War II).(Mr. Blue Sky)

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200 years old Bonsai, nurtured by the wind from Lake Inba

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The Bonsai garden, Fukushima-En beside Lake Inba (only 15 km or 10 miles from Narita Airport) is where you can meet a promoter of Bonsai`s new sensation, not to mention the sheer beauty of the aged art work of Bonsai. (Mr. Blue Sky)

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Stairway to Heaven, Amanohashidate, Kyoto,

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Japanese people love “ranking in general. That is the reason why we all are lured by Top 3 such and such spot, food, scenery or whatever. The king of such Top 3 something is “the three most beautiful sightseeing spots in Japan” in my opinion. As a matter of fact, those three spots were already selected back in the Edo period (in the middle of the 17th century) by Gaho Hayashi, Confucian scholar. They are Amanohashidate (Kyoto prefecture), Matsushima (Miyagi prefecture) and Itsukushima shrine (Hiroshima prefecture). Three spots have been admired among Japanese for approximately 400 years. It is quite interesting to understand that all three spots have something to do…

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Journey to the Center of the Earth” experience waits for you at the famous “mole” station

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Doai station (JR-East, Joetsu line, located in Gunma pref) shows you the world of “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. (Mr. Blue Sky)

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One of the most prestigious sweets in Japan, “made-in-Ginza” sweets! How much is that?

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Any idea about the price tag of the Japanese sweets made at the place where the land prices are the highest in Japan? KUUYA-Monaka is the gem of the Japanese sweets at an affordable price, but reservation in advance is absolutely mandatory, no matter how rich you are! (Mr. Blue Sky)

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Bridge Over Troubled Economy, the Rainbow Bridge.

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The bridge saw the “before and after” of Bubble economy, and the Godzilla? There are millions of reasons why you visit the Odaiba area (waterfront area of Tokyo). Trade show held at Tokyo Big Sight, the shopping or dining at Venus Fort in Aomi. Or you feel the sky high by riding on the Ferris wheel. The official name of the Rainbow Bridge, is simply “Connection Bridge of Tokyo Bay”, which is nothing intriguing and romantic. The construction of the bridge was started in 1987 and completed in 1993. In those 6 years, the Japanese economy went through the rise and collapse of Bubble economy. As is often the case…

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Odawara, the castle and 600 years old confectionery

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Say you are in Tokyo and wondering where you should go to see the real castle in the neighborhood of Tokyo. The answer is easy, Odawara! It is only 84 km (about 53 miles) from the Tokyo terminal and takes only 1hour and 20 minutes, even by a local train (Tokaido line) with the fare of 1,500 yen one way. You have an option to take a Tokaido Shinkansen that cuts the journey time to 30 minutes, but I recommend you take a local train to see the part of the commoners’ daily life. The Odawara castle is located nearby the Odawara station (10 to 15 minutes’ walk). The castle…

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Shaved ice saves the hottest day of the year!

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On the day the highest temperature in Tokyo in 2017 was recorded, (it was 33.7 degrees C =92.6 F!), I spent a day in Mejiro (one of the swanky town in Tokyo and it is near Shinjuku) on a mission to explore the magical touch of Ukiyoe art (traditional Japanese engraved painting). Though the Ukiyoe was fascinating enough to make me concentrated to look back the amazing preciseness of the craftsmanship and meditate how it was crafted back in the Edo period, my humble medication blew away as soon as I was under the scorching heat! Then, my immediate interest went toward the shaved ice! I typically have not paid…

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