2016年07月27日

'Uradome' sawtooth coast in the east of Tottori Prefecture, running for 15 kilometers from east to west, is a part of 'Sanin Kaigan' National Park.

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Sanin Kaigan National Park lies along the long coast line all the way from Kyoto Prefecture to Shimane Prefecture. This beautiful coast line is technically called a rias coast, which means sawtooth coast made up of sheer cliffs, reefs and caves. The angry waves and prevailing winds in winter have long formed this unique geographical feature. This coast was designated as a protected geologic formation in the 1930s, as it had been widely known as one of the most beautiful scenic spots since old days.
The transportation convenience is poor though, the nature trail is running along the coast line and the excursion boat is periodically in operation.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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2016年07月22日

'Tottori Sakyu' in Tottori Prefecture, lying along the coast of the Japan Sea, is one of the largest sand dunes in Japan.

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This sand dune has been created by the combination of the tide running toward the coast line with the sand on the seabed and the prevailing wind drifting the sand accumulated along the beach to further inland. 16 kilometers from east to west, 2.4 kilometers from north to south and the maximum difference of altitude is 90 meters. There run three ridges parallel along the coast, and a small grass area with springs is found in the bottom of this sand dune. As the locals in this neighborhood are growing 'rakkyo' scallions and yams, windbreaks are planted to prevent the sand dune from expanding though, the sand area is gradually growing recently. Making the most of the strong wind from the sea and the big difference of altitude, young people go hang gliding as well as paragliding. In addition, camels for riding are in service for the sightseers who want to feel as if they were in the Gobi Desert in Central Asia.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2016年02月10日

'Shukkeien' Japanese Garden in the central part of Hiroshima City was built by Asano Nagaakira, the first feudal lord of the Hiroshima domain, as his private garden of the villa.

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Shukkeien literally means a garden representing shrunk scenery. This garden, in fact, is said to model after 'Lake Seiko' in China which is on the World Heritage List. The scale is not so large, however this garden is a typical 'daimyo garden', a garden built by a feudal lord, with a central pond. Many miniature islands, large and small, in the pond, and the bridges spanning the water, which realize a 'kaiyu garden', landscape garden for strolling around. The stone arch bridge, in the right of the first picture, built by Asano Shigeakira, the 7th feudal lord, is featured in this garden. This garden was seriously destroyed by the A-bomb during the Second World War, as shown in the second picture, but it had been gradually restored to be completed in 1974.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant.
Masahisa Takaki.

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