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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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Another rainy day in Nagasaki…mysterious Turkish rice is a must meal!

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When you visit a Nagasaki city, you cannot go around the rainy weather and Turkish rice, not to mention the marvelous night view. (Mr. Blue Sky)

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Visit Fujinomiya-city to enjoy the king of B-graded gourmet!

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Do you know Japan is a country with full of local character (Yuru-Kyara) and local B-graded gourmet? (Mr. Blue Sky)

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Let the salt rule!

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The salty Yokan (azuki-bean jelly) from Shintsuru Honten (Shimosuwa Town, Nagano prefecture, near the Lake Suwa) proves that the salt rules all whenever it is. In the place like the Shinshu district (Nagano prefecture) having no ocean, the salt was absolutely precious in the wartime (around 16th century). The military commander of Samurai clan even banned the trade of the salt as one means of the starvation tactics. This happened actually when Imagawa family (on the ocean side) was on the touch-and-go status with Takeda family (on the mountain side) in 16th century. Near the entrance to the Shimosuwa Taisha (shrine), you will find the confectioner, “Shintsuru Honten” (the head…

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Noto-Tetsudo, (Noto Railway) combines the scenic pleasure and pilgrimage to the Holy Land of “Hanasaku Iroha = Iroha in full bloom” (animation film).

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  After JNR (Japanese National Railways) was dismantled in 1987 along the flow of privatization, JR was established to take over the railroad network throughout Japan. At the same time, many local lines (mostly fell into deficit operation) were either abolished or switched to the third-sector company. The Noto-Testudo (Noto Railway) is one of those examples. In its heyday in late 80’ through 90’s, the routes in operation amounted to more than 100 km (approximately 60 miles), it currently operates between Nanao and Anamizu merely for the span of 33 km (21 miles). Even though the operational section was largely reduced, you can still enjoy the scenic view of the…

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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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Rural area in Tokyo

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This may sound strange but you can find rural areas in the western part of Tokyo metropolitan. In this post, I would like to introduce Sawai Station, a station of the Ome Line. To get Sawai Station, ride trains about 2 hours from Tokyo Station. It costs around 10 USD for one way. You can enjoy the calm atmosphere or take part in outdoor activities such as rafting, bungee jumping, BBQ, etc. Here are photographs I took around  Sawai Station. Can you imagine these photographs were taken in Tokyo metropolitan? In addition, you can visit one of the famous Japanese sake breweries in this region. It is Ozawa Brewery, which…

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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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