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Tokyo: Edo Tokyo Museum

Because of all the rain we had to find ways to explore the city, while staying dry. So we figured, we should go and see one of the museums. We consulted our guide and quickly realised that the Edo Tokyo Museum is the most interesting one. So off we went. From the outside, the museum… Continue reading Tokyo: Edo Tokyo Museum

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Tokyo: Kabuki-za theatre is open again

While writing yesterday's post about Ginza I looked at my blog post from our previous visit (here) I remembered that the Kabuki-za theatre was still a large building site. This time, when we visited in early April 2013, it was different. It was opening day and lots of people went there to visit the old… Continue reading Tokyo: Kabuki-za theatre is open again

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More gassho-zukuri houses in Shirakawa-go

After our brief visit to Ainokura we travelled to Shirakawa-go, the largest village with gassho-zukuri houses. We first stopped at the Shiroyama Tenshukaku view point to glance over the village with its old style houses with those large triangular roofs. It is a very pretty sight, all year round. Probably even more so in autumn… Continue reading More gassho-zukuri houses in Shirakawa-go

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Ainokura gassho-zukuri houses

We travelled from Takayama one hour on a bus to reach the Gokayama region. This region is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri houses, which have survived for hundreds of years because the region's secluded location in the upper reaches of the Shogawa river. This is also the reason that Gokayama's lifestyle and culture remained very… Continue reading Ainokura gassho-zukuri houses

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Takayama: Yatai, miniature temple and Sakurayama Hachimangu shrine

Takayama is known for its two famous festivals, which date back to the 17th century. One in autumn and one in spring, when 11 (autumn) or 12 (spring) huge elaborate yatai (floats), adorned with medical dolls are paraded around town, a spectacle that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. The yatai are symbolic of the… Continue reading Takayama: Yatai, miniature temple and Sakurayama Hachimangu shrine