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The earth’s largest and most populous continent encompasses the earth’s tallest point (29,035′), Mt. Everest and its lowest (1286′ below sea level), in the Dead Sea. Ancient traditions contrast with booming high-tech economies.

Outside Tokyo: Saitama Prefecture, Japan

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Asia, Cities, Cruise ports, Cultural Travel, Factory Tours, Family travel, Festivals, Food and Wine, Historic Travel, International, Japan | 0 comments

Outside Tokyo: Saitama Prefecture, Japan

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 in Asia, Cities, Cultural Travel, Historic Travel, Hotels, International, Japan | 0 comments

Two days in Chiba, Japan

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 in Asia, Cultural Travel, Historic Travel, International, Japan, Religious-themed travel | 0 comments

Mt. Nokogiri aerial ropeway and the Buddhist temple Nihonji

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 in Asia, Cultural Travel, Food and Wine, International, Japan | 0 comments

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

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 heads…

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Ryugujo Spa Hotel Mikazuki

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Asia, Cities, Cultural Travel, Historic Travel, Hotels, International, Japan, Luxury travel, Spas | 0 comments

Ryugujo Spa Hotel Mikazuki

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 in Asia, Cities, Cultural Travel, Historic Travel, Hotels, International, Japan | 0 comments

Naritasan Shinshoji  Temple and Omotesando Road, Chiba, Japan

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 in Asia, Cities, Historic Travel, International, Japan, Luxury travel | 0 comments

Tokyo: tradition meets the future

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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