2019年03月24日

'Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line', crossing Tokyo Bay from Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture to Kisarazu City in China Prefecture, is a unique toll motorway.

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The total length of Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, built in 1997, is 15.1 km. This is made up of two parts, an undersea tunnel, 9.5 km long, on Kawasaki City side and a bridge, 4.4 km long, on Kisarazu City side. The picture shows a man-made island named 'Umihotal', a junction of the tunnel and bridge, which is equipped with a full-scale parking lot, many restaurants and observation deck aiming at a popular tourist spot. This junction is designed to be available to return the way one has come. In this connection, the bridge part is Japan's longest bridge and the tunnel part is Japan's 4th longest tunnel or the longest one among undersea tunnels.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 09:37 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年03月21日

Being found in the central Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido, the 'Oshin-Koshin Falls' is one of the 100 best falls in Japan.

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Oshin-Koshin means ' The lower part of a river where Yezo spruces grow in profusion' in Ainu, Hokkaido natives. This waterfall is the greatest one, with a 40 meter drop, among many in the Shiretoko Peninsula. Two small falls are combined into one big fall as shown in the picture, so this is called 'Sobi-no-taki', the fall featuring two beauties. If you climb the stairs to the observatory on the top of the falls, the stunning view of the Sea of Okhotsk can be commanded and this sea is occasionally covered with white drift ice in early spring. As this falls is conveniently located right beside Route 344, and a public toilet as well as a souvenir shop stand next to the big roadside parking lot, all the sightseers are easily drop by this beautiful scenery.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 12:01 | Hokkaido | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年03月07日

'Ohyama Iwao', who served as the War Minister of modern Japanese army, is a cousin of Saigo Takamori, a giant in the field of Meiji Restoration movement.

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Ohyama Iwao was born from a low-level samurai of the Satsuma domain, present Kagoshima Prefecture, in 1842. He was in charge of the batteries on Satsuma side in his youth, when the urban area of present Kagoshima City was fired by British battle ships. Having acknowledged overwhelming military capacity of Western countries through this battle between the Satsuma domains and the UK, he tackled gunnery modernization and strived to improve the performance of old cannons in Japan. As a general of the army, he brought victories to Japan in the two wars against China under the Qing dynasty in 1894, and against Imperial Russia in 1904. In this connection, his cousin Saigo Tsugumichi also fought against China and Russia as the Minister of the Navy. This couple of cousins controlled shoulder to shoulder the dawn of Japanese land and sea forces. In addition, he was the first Japanese customer of 'Louis Vuitton'. The picture shows the bronze statue of him on horseback built in 1919, which stands by the roadside next to Yasukuni Shrinein in Kudan, Tokyo.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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posted by masahisa at 15:09 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする