2019年04月29日

'Nusamai-bashi' bridge in the heart of Kushiro City, Hokkaido, is one of the major tourist attractions in this city.

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Nusamai-bashi bridge was spanned in 1889 as the longest wooden bridge in Hokkaido, 207 meters long and 3,6 meters wide. This bridge is over the lowest of the stream of the Kushiro River, and was constructed with private capital. However, this bridge was frequently collapsed due to floods and floating ice in winter. Thus this was firmly rebuilt of reinforced concrete in 1928 as the fourth generation. Present bridge in the picture is the fifth generation rebuilt in 1977. A seafood mall named Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf 'Woo' and the former Kushiro brunch of the Bank of Japan, standing in the vicinity of this bridge, attract many sightseers as a result of the combined effect.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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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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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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