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HOKKAIDO

The clock tower

This tower was originally built in 1878 as a drill hall for the Sapporo Agricultural College, which later became Hokkaido University. The American-made clock was added three years later. At the time of its construction, the Clock Tower was the tallest building in Sapporo, and although it has become rather inconspicuous thanks to the modern buildings towering around it, it is still considered a symbol of the city and is often featured in postcards and brochures. It has been designated as an Important Cultural Property, and there is a small local history museum inside, which is open to the public. The red stars on the front of the building were a symbol of the Hokkaido Development Commission.

Susukino

 A field of pampas grass, which is what “Susukino” means, is thought to have existed when the Hokkaido Development Commission designated the area as a red light district in 1871. Today it is still the entertainment district for Sapporo, and is full of bars, restaurants, clubs, karaoke and pachinko parlors, as well as adult entertainment. It is said to be the only place bustling with life in the city after 9pm.

Sapporo Beer Museum

 

Sapporo Breweries is one of Japan’s top four beer companies, and its popular Beer Museum attracts 1.5 million visitors each year. It is located in a Meiji-era brick factory building, and offers a 50-minute tour which explains the history of beer in Japan as well as the process of beer making, and concludes with a tasting and small gift. The tours begin every 15 minutes and are conducted in Japanese, but English audio tapes are available. Reservations are recommended during the summer and holidays. The adjacent Sapporo Beer Garden, where you can order beer that is not available anywhere else, is also very popular.

NARA

 Todaiji temple

In 743, the emperor Shomu ordered the building of a giant Buddha. Japan had been suffering from smallpox and drought, and the emperor hoped to settle unrest and unite the people with the relatively new ideas of Buddhism. The almost 15-meter high Buddha, cast in copper and coated with gold, was completed in 752. The structure housing it, known as the Daibutsu Den, is possibly the largest wooden building in the world, despite the fact that the present structure was rebuilt in 1790 at two thirds its original size. The official dedication took place by painting its eyes with a giant paintbrush, and the ceremony was presided by a visiting priest from India. Many important people attended this event, some from overseas, all bearing splendid gifts. Many of these items are stored in the Todaiji’s treasure house, the Shosoin, which is currently administrated by the Imperial Household. Understandably, a great portion of the structures and artifacts are designated National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. The Daibutsu Den is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ko-fukuji temple

Originally founded in Kyoto in 669 by Kamatari Fujiwara’s wife to pray for his health, Kofukuji Temple was moved several times before settling in its present location in 710. Support by the Fujiwaras, and the Imperial family made it one of the wealthiest and most powerful temples in the country, and virtually swallowing Kasuga Taisha, it exercised great political power even after the capital moved to Kyoto in 794. Its wealth became depleted during the late Muromachi Period, until in 1600 Ieyasu Tokugawa granted an annual endowment enabling renovations of many of its structures. Today, many of what is left are designated National Treasures, the most notable being the 5-storey pagoda. There are also the Three-storeyed Pagoda, Middle and Eastern Golden Halls, and the North and South Octagonal Halls, each of which enshrine (or originally enshrined) various Buddhas and holy figures. Many of these artifacts are on display in the Kofukuji National Treasure Museum. Kofukuji is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

OSAKA

Tsutenkaku tower

 

A tall tower skyscraping in the heart of the old downtown developed as an entertainment district called “Shin-Sekai” (lit. new world) more than 8 decades ago. By modeling after the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the 64-meter tall Tsutenkaku Tower was built as the tallest tower in Asia in 1912 and it began to be recognized as a symbol of Osaka before long. Following fire accident in 1943, the tower had to be taken apart once during wartime and it was missed by locals for over a decade. In 1956, reconstruction took a place and the Tsutenkaku Tower was brought back to the view of Osaka as a symbol of Osaka once again. The tower boasts a height of 103 meters with contemporary features added to the design and is dressed up with some neon lights that make the tower glows in the night sky. From the 91-meter high observation gallery, you can have the complete view of Osaka city.

Shitennoji Temple

Founded by Prince Shotoku in 593, Shitennoji is known to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan. When the new religion, Buddhism was first introduced to Japan, it was soon adopted by Prince Shotoku and Soga Clan led by Prince Shotoku attempted to spread the Buddhism in the country. Monobe Clan, on the other hand, opposed the idea of adopting Buddhism instead of their traditional religion, Shintoism, and such difference in beliefs of these two clans led them to conflict. It is said that the Four Heavenly Kings were curved by Prince Shotoku to pray for his victory over the Monobe Clan and the Shitennoji Temple was erected to enshrine the statues to fulfill a vow after winning victory. 1400 years passed, Shitennoji still preserves the original layout from the Asuka period despite several constructions carried out due to repeated fires. Some of the old buildings built during the early 17th century, are designated as national important cultural properties. The temple is also host to traditional festivities that include Shitennoji Wasso in November and the Doya-Doya in January.

OITA

BEPPU

Beppu is located in the central part of Oita, and there is in seaside. Hot water gushes at many spot in the city. Beppu ranks famous hot spring place in Japan. The Beppu hot spring consists of eight hot spring areas. There are many modern spa resorts. There is a Lake Shidaka-ko amid Mt. Tsurumi-dake, Mt. Yufu-dake and other mountains.

YUFUIN

The Yufuin Onsen hot spring town is located at 450 meter-high mountain area, so you can see the Yufu City, Oita Prefecture. Yufuin is contrast with Beppu hot spring. Yufuin hot spring locate nature area. So Yufuin has relaxing atmosphere. Yufuin has a nickname ‘the backroom of Beppu’ Yufuin has many trendy shops, restaurants and museums. It attracts young woman.

 

AICHI

NAGOYA

Aichi is a major center of manufacturing. Home of Toyota – Japan’s biggest company.

In Nagoya, There is a ‘Nagoya Castle’. It has ‘shachihoko,’ the golden orcas that on the roof of its castle tower. The inside of the castle is now a modern museum displaying the castle’s history. The castle park becomes a popular hanami spot during the cherry blossom season. Nagoya food is very popular. For example, Hitsumabushi (Grilled Eel on Rice), Misonikomi (Noodle in Miso Broth), Miso-katsu (Pork Cutlet with Thick Miso Sauce), Tebasaki (Japanese-style Fried Chicken) and so on. If you come to Nagoya, I recommend to try some Nagoya food.

 

 

 

 

ATSUTA SHRINE

Atsuta-jingu Shrine is located nearly in the center of Nagoya and is also called “Atta-san” or “Miya.” It is very popular. It attract many people. This shrine has total 2000,000 square meters and are surrounded by a forest called Atsuta Forest. It’s good thing to do after viewing the shrine buildings is to try Atsuta Shrine’s version of the kishimen noodles, one of Nagoya’s local dishes. It is very delicious and it become happy.

OKINAWA

 The Churaumi Aquarium is big aquarium in Japan. The aquarium was  redesigned and reopened in 2002. There are many kinds of fishes in there. The aquarium has three floors with the entrance. There is a pool where visitors can touch starfish and seashells with their own hands. This place will amuse visitors. It is wonderful place.

Kokusaidori (“International Road”) is Naha’s main street, two kilometers through downtown Naha. Kokusaidori has restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, souvenir shops, boutiques and department stores. There are many stores, so we can spend much time in there.  My recommed place is the restaurant, but i forgot name. we can eat so-ki soba like okinawa noodle. It is so good.

SHIGA

Hikone Castle was built in 1622. This castle became to be famous in Japan because this castle’s mascott charactor appeard. It is called “hikonyan”. It means hikone and cat mixed. Hikonyan is so cute, so it become to be famous. Many items of hikonyan sold.

Hikone Castle is an original castle. Besides the castle, there are a glassland. So, many people goes to there to have a picnic. Many college students have a party of freshman in Spring. At night, the castle is illuminated, so we can see wonderful views in there.

This is the symbol of hikone castle “hikonyan”.it so popular.