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Kyoto Travel - Suntory Yamazaki Distillery (japan-guide)

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The Suntory Yamazaki Distillery is a whisky distillery in the Yamazaki district near Kyoto. Opened in 1923, the distillery produces Suntory's flagship line of Yamazaki single malt whiskies, which have won many international awards.

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Kyoto Travel - Hozugawa River Cruise (japan-guide)

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Hozugawa River Cruises are sightseeing boat rides down the Hozugawa River from Kameoka to Arashiyama. The cruises utilize traditional style, flat bottomed boats piloted by boatmen who guide the craft with oars and bamboo poles. The boats take about two hours to leisurely make their way down the ( 75 days before Published)

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Osaka Travel - Abeno Harukas (japan-guide)

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Standing at 300 meters, Abeno Harukas in Osaka is the tallest skyscraper in Japan. The building stands on top of the Kintetsu Osaka Abenobashi Station and is conveniently located across from JR Tennoji Station. It houses a department store, an art museum, a hotel and an observation deck.

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Osaka Travel - Shinsekai (japan-guide)

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Shinsekai is Osaka's "new world," a district that was developed before the war and then neglected in the decades afterwards. At the district's center stands Tsutenkaku Tower, the nostalgia evoking symbol of Shinsekai.

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Osaka Travel - Shitennoji Temple (japan-guide)

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Shitennoji is one of Japan's oldest temples and the first ever to be built by the state. It was founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku, who supported the introduction of Buddhism into Japan. Although the temple's buildings burned down several times throughout the centuries, they were always carefully ( 75 days before Published)

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Osaka Travel - Osaka Museum of History (japan-guide)

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The Osaka Museum of History opened in 2003 in a tall building next to NHK Osaka and just across the street from Osaka Castle. The building offers excellent views of the castle from its top floors.

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Osaka Travel - Sumiyoshi Taisha (japan-guide)

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Osaka's Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of Japan's oldest shrines. Founded in the 3rd century before the introduction of Buddhism, it displays a unique style of shrine architecture, called Sumiyoshi-zukuri, that is free of influence from the Asian mainland. Only two other shrine architecture styles are ( 75 days before Published)

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Osaka Travel - Osaka Castle (Osakajo) (japan-guide)

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The construction of Osaka Castle started in 1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple, which had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga thirteen years earlier. Toyotomi Hideyoshi intended the castle to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule. It was the largest castle ( 75 days before Published)

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Osaka Travel - Tenjin Festival (Tenjin Matsuri) (japan-guide)

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The Tenjin Festival of Osaka is ranked as one of Japan's top three festivals, along with the Gion Matsuri of Kyoto and the Kanda Matsuri of Tokyo. The festival started in the 10th century and today takes place on July 24 and 25 every year. The main celebrations are held on the festival's second ( 75 days before Published)

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Osaka Travel - Minami (Namba) (japan-guide)

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Located around Namba Station, Minami is one of Osaka's two major city centers. It is the city's most famous entertainment district and offers abundant dining and shopping choices. The district is easily accessible as it is served by three train companies as well as three subway lines and a highw ( 75 days before Published)

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Kyoto Travel - Katsura Imperial Villa (Katsura Rikyu) (japan-guide)

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Katsura Imperial Villa is one of the finest examples of Japanese architecture and garden design. The villa and garden in their present form were completed in 1645 as the residence for the Katsura Family, members of Japan's Imperial Family.

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Kyoto Travel - Yoshiminedera Temple (japan-guide)

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Yoshiminedera is a temple of the Tendai sect of Japanese Buddhism located in Kyoto's western mountains. Similar to Kiyomizudera on the opposite side of town, Yoshiminedera is built along the mountain side and looks out onto Kyoto. The temple grounds are spacious and there are many buildings dist ( 75 days before Published)

Kyoto Travel - Arashiyama and Sagano (japan-guide)

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Arashiyama (嵐山) is a pleasant, touristy district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185), when nobles would enjoy its natural setting. Arashiyama is particularly popular during the cherry blossom and fall color seasons.

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Kyoto Travel - Kokedera (Moss Temple) (japan-guide)

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Saihoji , more commonly known as Kokedera , is one of Kyoto's Unesco World Heritage Sites. Entrance to this temple requires a reservation made well in advance by mail.

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Kyoto Travel - Enkoji Temple (japan-guide)

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Enkoji is a temple of the Rinzai Zen Sect, situated in northern Kyoto close to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa. It is famous for its autumn colors which are usually best in late November.

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