2019年04月21日

'Former Mikasa Hotel' in Karuizawa Town, Nagano Prefecture, is on the list of an important cultural asset in Japan as a historical structure.

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This Western style hotel, designed by a Japanese architect, was originally opened in 1906. After being seriously damaged by a flood in 1910, this hotel restarted by the name of 'Mikasa Hotel' in 1925. Mikasa was named after a hill right in front of this hotel, the shape of which resembles 'Mikasa Hill' in Nara City. Nara was a capital of Japan in the 8th century, and Mikasa Hill was frequently used as a subject matter of old poems in those years. This classic hotel had been like a high-end salon as many celebrities in all fields of activity gathered here, however the hotel business came to an end in 1970. Half of the original building was carefully restored to be opened to the public thereafter.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 08:59 | Nagoya and the central districts | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年04月13日

'Oshino-Hakkai' is a spring water group in Oshino Village, Yamanashi Prefecture, located on the skirts of Mt. Fuji.

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Among many spring water groups on the skirts of Mt. Fuji, Oshino-Hakkai is outstanding because it possesses traditional surroundings against the back ground of excellent distant view of Mt. Fuji. Meltwater from Mt. Fuji has filtered through the soil under Mt. Fuji, and is finally gushing out here 25 years later. Eight small ponds, filled with exceptionally clean water, are formed here. This area originally was a deserted small village dotted with tiny ponds though, they began to changed it to a sightseeing spot around 1960. Thus it's always packed with many sightseers in all seasons now. Oshino-Hakkai is one of the components forming 'Mt. Fuji World Heritage Site'.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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posted by masahisa at 10:11 | Hakone | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年04月04日

Beautiful cherry blossoms are appreciated in every spring at 'Tsukudo Hachiman Shrine' standing in the heart of Tokyo.

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The name of 'tsukudo' stems from that the foundation of Tsukudo Hachiman Shrine was built in the 9th century with the soil all the way from 'Usa Hachiman Shrine' in Kyushu. Usa Hachiman Shrine is the head temple of all Hachiman shrines in Japan, and tsukudo means to build soil base for a building. Thereafter this shrine gradually became a full-scale tutelary shrine thanks to the support of a powerful feudal lord in this area. Although this shrine was destroyed by fire during the Second World War, yet this was reconstructed in 1963 with a donation from the locals. One of the oldest stone 'torii gate' over old stone steps leading to the shrine's main building. The shrine grounds are well maintained, thus lovely cherry blossoms are in full bloom in every spring as shown in the picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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posted by masahisa at 10:38 | Tokyo-shrines and temples | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする