Category: Japan

The fragile gems of Okinawa prefecture; Alex Smith; Cruise And Ferry

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Source: The fragile gems of Okinawa prefecture

Japan’s best castles to visit at least once; David McElhenney; CNN

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During Japan’s Sengoku “Warring States” era (1467-1615), castles were constructed, bolstered and fortified all across the Japanese archipelago, resulting in approximately 5,000 individual keeps.

Source: Japan’s best castles to visit at least once

The secrets of ancient Japanese tombs revealed thanks to satellite images; EurekAlert

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The secrets of ancient Japanese tombs revealed by a research group of Politecnico di Milano thanks to satellite images. The results show that these tombs are oriented towards the arc of the rising sun, the Goddess Amaterasu that the Japanese emperors linked to the mythical origin of their dynasty.

Source: The secrets of ancient Japanese tombs revealed thanks to satellite images

World Heritage Shirakawa-go settlement in central Japan lit up for 1st time in 2 years; Mainichi

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Source: World Heritage Shirakawa-go settlement in central Japan lit up for 1st time in 2 years

 

10 Must-Visit Places In Asia (For First-Timers); Rajender Bhatia; The Travel

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First time visiting Asia? Don’t worry – Rajender Bhatia has got a comprehensive list of all the beginner-friendly places that you should consider.

Source: 10 Must-Visit Places In Asia (For First-Timers)

Futarasan Shrine: A World Heritage Destination in Nikkō, Tochigi; Nippon.com

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With more than 12 centuries of history, Futarasan Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture has been inscribed as part of the “Shrines and Temples of Nikkō” UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the neighboring Tōshōgū mausoleum complex and the Buddhist temple Rinnōji. It remains popular today as a spot to pray for good fortune and matchmaking luck.

Source: Futarasan Shrine: A World Heritage Destination in Nikkō, Tochigi

3 must-visit places in Japan’s Three-Star Road; Kristin Mariano; Travel Daily Media

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Three-star Road offers visitors a chance to experience a truly authentic Japan with jaw-dropping scenery, spellbinding castles and delicately manicured gardens.

Source: 3 must-visit places in Japan’s Three-Star Road

Japan’s best islands to visit, from Okinawa to cat sanctuary Aoshima; David McElhenny; CNN

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Fewer than 10% of Japan’s 6,852 islands are inhabited. But among those 400 or so, travelers are treated to a rich tapestry of natural treasures, deep-seated mysticism, thriving cultural assets and stretches of sprawling urbanity.

Source: Japan’s best islands to visit, from Okinawa to cat sanctuary Aoshima

Encounter nature and wildlife in Japan’s national parks; Japan Today

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Many countries have designated areas of natural beauty as national parks, aiming to preserve outstanding natural scenery and protect local ecosystems. Japan designated its own first national parks—Setonaikai, Unzen and Kirishima—in 1934, and the country now boasts 34 of them. Japan’s national parks incorporate a fair amount of privately owned land, including residential areas, farms and forested areas, providing visitors with a glimpse of local cultures and long-standing traditions.

Source: Encounter nature and wildlife in Japan’s national parks

Weaving threads of prosperity; Rhonita Patnaik; Khaleej Times

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Japan’s oldest silk reeling factory in Gunma Prefecture was the torchbearer of its industrialisation…

Source: Weaving threads of prosperity

Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto will host a contemporary art show next year

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The World Heritage Site will display artworks by Kohei Nawa and more during the Artists’ Fair Kyoto 2022…

Source: Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto will host a contemporary art show next year

Encounter Nature and Wildlife in Japan’s National Parks – Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO); Business Wire

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Many countries have designated areas of natural beauty as national parks, aiming to preserve outstanding natural scenery and protect local ecosystems. Japan designated its own first national parks—Setonaikai, Unzen and Kirishima—in 1934, and the country now boasts 34 of them.

Source: Encounter Nature and Wildlife in Japan’s National Parks – Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

International Mountain Day 2021: sustainable mountain tourism; Unesco

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Source: International Mountain Day 2021: sustainable mountain tourism

Yakushima: Exploring Japan’s World Heritage destination from a different perspective; Burcu Basar; Japan Today

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Yakushima, located 135 kilometers off the coast of Kagoshima in southern Kyushu, is home to just 13,000 residents yet draws around 300,000 visitors every year. The island, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, is known for its misty, shrouded forest and is home to ancient cedar trees like Jomon Sugi—the largest and oldest tree in Japan, estimated to be between 2,000 and 7,000 years old.

Source: Yakushima: Exploring Japan’s World Heritage destination from a different perspective

Hiroshima’s A-bomb Dome marks 25th anniversary since registration as World Heritage site; Isamu Gari & Kazuki Ikeda; Mainichi

Photo: Kenji Ikai

Hiroshima’s Atomic Bomb Dome marked the 25th anniversary on Dec. 7 since it was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, as survivors offered flowers to the “silent witness” to the atomic bombing by the U.S. military.

Source: Hiroshima’s A-bomb Dome marks 25th anniversary since registration as World Heritage site

Explore the fairytale village of Shirakawa-go on this winter illumination tour; Tabea Greuner; TimeOut

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Tickets on sale now – the World Heritage Site in Gifu is lit up for just six days in January and February 2022…

Source: Explore the fairytale village of Shirakawa-go on this winter illumination tour

Have you heard of Iriomote? Japan’s wild, nature-filled island should be on your bucket list; Africa News

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The remote Japanese island of Iriomote has just been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, here’s what to do when you visit in 2022.

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UNESCO’s warning to Japan and the legacy of Hashima Island; Kim So-Youn; Hankyoreh

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In July, UNESCO voiced strong regret that Japan had yet to implement changes reflecting the history of Japan’s use forced labor on the island…

Source: [Correspondent’s column] UNESCO’s warning to Japan and the legacy of Hashima Island

Former Glover House at World Heritage site in Nagasaki renovated; Atsuki Nakayama; Naimichi

Photo: Atsuki Nakayama

The Former Glover House, a popular tourist spot in this southwest Japan city that was home to British merchant Thomas Glover (1838-1911), has been renovated, with attention paid to its history and lived-in ambience.

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Why do brown bears frequent towns more than before?; Yuri Shirane; Phys.org

Photo: Yuri Shirane

Source: Why do brown bears frequent towns more than before?

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