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Cycle around Japan : Riding with the wind in Toyama

This time we visit Toyama Prefecture in the Hokuriku region. Toyama is about 2 hours from Tokyo by Hokuriku Shinkansen. Bordered by the Sea of Japan to the north and the 3,000-meter Tateyama mountains to the south, this has been a fertile and prosperous area since ancient times. 88 more words

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Ogimachi (荻町) is the largest village and main attraction of Shirakawa-go. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, the village is home to several dozen well preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. 51 more words

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9th Station : 小田原 Odawara

Art by Ando Hiroshige “Odawara-juku”, Kyoka Edition

Odawara-juku (小田原宿 Odawara-juku?) was the ninth of the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day city of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture. 118 more words


8th Station : 大磯 Oiso

Art by Ando Hiroshige, “Oiso”, Kyoka Edition

Ōiso-juku (大磯宿 Ōiso-juku?) was the eighth of the fifty-three stations (shukuba) of the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day town of Ōiso, located in Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture.Ōiso-juku was established in 1601, along with the other original post stations along the Tōkaidō, by Tokugawa Ieyasu. 176 more words


Cycle around Japan : From Tokyo to Izu-Oshima

Starting from Tokyo we journey to the popular towns of Yokohama, Kamakura and Hakone. Our final destination will be Izu-Oshima, a volcanic island under the administration of Tokyo. 97 more words

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7th Station : 平塚 Hiratsuka

Art by Ando Hiroshige, “Hiratsuka on the Tokaido, Kyoka Edition

Hiratsuka-juku (平塚宿 Hiratsuka-juku?) was the seventh of the fifty-three stations (shukuba) of the Tōkaidō. 147 more words


Cycle Around Japan : A journey through Noto Peninsula

In this episode of CYCLE AROUND JAPAN by NHK, we will take you to a spring journey of Noto Peninsula. The Noto Peninsula makes up the northern half of Ishikawa Prefecture, extending about 100 kilometers into the Sea of Japan. 79 more words

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