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1988/2018

First/Last visit:

Number of visits:

5

Personal Rating:

56/193

UNESCO Sites visited:

19/25

Places Visited:

Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Matsue, Kagoshima, Hiroshima, Tokushima, Takamatsu, Yokohama, Nara, Koyasan, Nikko, Yamagata, Yamadera, Fukushima, Koriyama, Sendai, Hiraizumi,Towado-ko, Morioka, Aomori, Hakodate, Sapporo, Obihito, Takasaki, Gifu, Himeji, Niigata, Okinawa

Highlights:

Tokyo Shibuya crossing-the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. Ryogoku Sumo culture. Tour of the Imperial Palace and the East Garden.Roppongi Hills with the Mori Tower, Maman spider sculpture and Mori Art Museum, great views over Tokyo. Meiji-jingu shrine and Inner garden. A stroll down Takeshita-dori, famous shopping street for teens, Ueno with the National museum and many others, plus Tokyo Zoo. Senso-ji temple and the five storey Pagoda. Odaiba with nice views and mini Statue of Liberty and Unicorn Gundan. Excursion to Mt. Fuji UNESCO, visit Kamakura's Daibutsu Buddha. Nikko the famed Shinto shrine of Tosho-gu, Tomioka Silk Mill UNESCO, Kyoto UNESCO, Nishi Hongan-ji temple, Nijo castle, Ryoan-ji temple, Kinkaku or Golden pavillon, To-ji temple and pagoda, Tofuku-ji, Kurama-dera mountain temple, Kyoto station with Kyoto tower, Daigo-ji, Nishiki market for foodies, Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Gion district at night. Nara Todai-ji with its great Buddha UNESCO is the largest wooden building in the world, enjoy the 1,200 deers around Nara-koen, Horyu-ji UNESCO contains Japan's oldest temple, Koyasan monastic complex on the Kii peninsula, UNESCO, Himeji-jo castle UNESCO, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park UNESCO with Atomic Bomb Genbaku Dome. Miyajima's photogenic floating shrine gate with Itsukushima-jinja (Senjokaku hall), best at sunset, UNESCO. Iwami Ginzan Silver mines and Gohyakurakan temple UNESCO. Hiraizumi UNESCO castle with the incredible Golden Hall from the 12th century.Towada-ko crater lake, Risshaku-ji clifftop temple, Zao Onsen, Sapporo beer brewery tour, Ramen Yokocho in Susukino, snow crab and seafood market. Shiretoko National Park UNESCO in the very northeast corner of Hokkaido, with clear views of the South Kuril islands, now in Russian hands, Ainu Kotan native village.Tomita Flower farm, Yakushima island with its enchanted forest of Yakusugi cedar trees and waterfalls, Inakahama beach. Okinawa Shurijo Castle UNESCO, Fukuoka Tower.