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Photo of Nara in Japan

The first permanent capital of Japan, Nara is one of the most rewarding destination in the country. Indeed, with eight Unesco World Heritage Sites, Nara is second only to Kyoto as a repository of Japan’s cultural legacy. The centrepiece is,

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Photo of Kyoto in Japan

Kyoto was Japan’s capital and the Emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. It remains a living museum with graceful geisha walking down the cobbled lanes of Gion, serene rock gardens of minimalist shapes, Buddhist monks chanting sutras in the darkness

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What are the most popular tourist sites?

Q: What are the most popular tourist sites? Approximately 80% of visitors to Japan concentrate their time in the three big cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Kyoto is the most popular, with many people making a side trip to

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Prefectures of Japan

The Prefectures of Japan (都道府県 Todōfuken) consist of 47 prefectures. They form the first level of jurisdiction and administrative division of Japan. They consist of 43 prefectures (県 ken) proper, two urban prefectures (府 fu, Osaka and Kyoto), one “circuit”

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Kazan: volcano

There are more than 200 volcanoes in Japan, 108 of which are designated as active volcanoes with records of eruptions within the last 10,000 years, or presently have fumarolic activities. Japanese people have suffered from disasters caused by valcanoes from

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Japanese Archipelago

The Japanese Archipelago is a crescent-shaped archipelago off the east coast of the Eurasian Continent stretching from northeast to southwest. The four main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, and the length is about 3,500 km including the Nansei

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Mieko’s Japan travel (Nagano prefecture)

Nagano Prefecture (長野県 Nagano-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for

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Mieko’s Japan travel (Gifu prefecture)

Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県 Gifu-ken) is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu. Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting

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Mieko’s Japan travel (Aichi prefecture)

Aichi Prefecture (愛知県 Aichi-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region. The region of Aichi is also known as the Tōkai region. The capital is Nagoya. It is the focus of the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area.    

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Japan’s principal geographical features

Mountains are the principal geographical feature of Japan. Sixty-seven percent of the country is occupied by mountains, and the rivers that run off these mountains into the sea create valleys and lend variety to the landscape. Inhabitable flatland composes only

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