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Outside Tokyo: Saitama Prefecture, Japan

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014

Japan is an archipelago less than 4% the size of the United States yet has the world’s third-largest economy. Tokyo, its capital since 1868, is on the island of Honshu, bordered by Chiba, Saitama, and Tokyo Bay.

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Two days in Chiba, Japan

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014

Chiba is one of Japan’s forty-seven prefectures (a district similar to a state) in the Kanto region, bordering Tokyo on the eastern coast of Japan. Naritasan Shinshoji, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Japan, is a fifteen minute downhill walk from the train station past little shops in 300 year old buildings along Omotesando (Front) Road.

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Mt. Nokogiri aerial ropeway and the Buddhist temple Nihonji

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013

About 70% of Japan is covered by forested mountains. We took the aerial ropeway up Mt. Nokogiri, in Chiba’s city of Kyonan, and enjoyed a spectacular view of Tokyo Bay. This was a stone quarry in the Edo period, and for over a thousand years monks trained here.

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A lunch of the morning’s catch at Banya in Awa-gun

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013

For a meal of the morning’s catch we tried Banya in the Tokyo Bay fishing village Awa-gun. We thoroughly enjoyed the assortment of sashimi, fried fish, salad, soup, pickles and rice and view of the bay– but did pass on the colorful fish...

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Ryugujo Spa Hotel Mikazuki

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013

Japan is known for its communal bathing in its hot springs. This destination spa just outside Tokyo is a popular one for good reason.

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Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and Omotesando Road, Chiba, Japan

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013

Chiba is a microcosm of traditional Japan that is easily accessed from Tokyo or the airport. From traditional shops in centuries-old buildings to ancient temples, it’s a place of serenity, excitement, and cultural immersion just outside the bustling city.

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Tokyo: tradition meets the future

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013

Tokyo, its capital since 1868, is on the island of Honshu in the Japan archipelago, bordered by Chiba and Saitama prefectures and Tokyo Bay.

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