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Japanese Accommodations

  There are different types of accommodations in Japan, such as ホテル (hotels), りょかん (Japanese style inns), みんしゅく(Japanese style guest house), and ペンション(Western-style guest houses).     ホテル in Japan offer western-style facilities similar to those found in Europe and

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Fujisan: Mt.Fuji

Mt. Fuji, which has beautiful long slopes, is the highest mountain in Japan with the elevation of 3,776 meters stretching on the border of Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures. The mountain has been regarded as one of the three spiritual mountains,

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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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Japanese Currency

Japan’s official currency is the yen, which is pronounced en in Japanese. The bills and coins currently in circulation are the following:   All bills and coins are different sizes. For example, the bills slightly descend in length from 10,000

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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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New Japanese national holiday ‘Mountain Day’

山やまを見みてリラックスしましょう! Japan created a new national holiday called “Mountain Day”. It’s to help ease the pressure and stress of office workers who are famous for being overworked. Mountain Day will be celebrated every August 11th this year and it will

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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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