Explore Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture
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Meiji Jingu Gaien Park
Large central Tokyo park for sports and culture
Enjoying a summer day
Category: Sports, Museums
Meiji Jingu Gaien Park in central Tokyo has facilities for various activities, from a golf range and tennis courts to Jingu Stadium, home of the Yakult Swallows professional baseball team. If sports aren't your thing, check out the museums and culture centers.

Rent-a-Dog at Yokohama Trimming
Spend an hour, day, or month with man's best friend!
Momo-chan, a female Chihuahua, was so excited to spend time with us she jumped up onto the wall and smiled!
Category: Sports, Culture, Trekking, Sight seeing
Yokohama Trimming School primarily nurtures the professional dog groomer, but also provides dogs for rental. Dog rentals are per hour, by day, or by month. Enjoy spending time with "Man's best friend" right here in Japan!

Kyoto Shimogamo Shrine
God of legendary "Three-legged Crow"
Yatagarasu, the legendary Three-legged Crow
Category: Culture, Historic sites, Sight seeing
Kyoto Shimogamo Shrine: God of the legendary "Three-legged Crow"

Shakyo at Kyoto's Unryuin Temple
Meditation in a tranquil sanctuary
Trying my hand at shakyo, which is known as the transcription of sutra. 
Category: Culture, Historic sites, Sight seeing
Being a branch temple of the Sennyu-ji Temple, the Unryuin Temple was commissioned in the late 14th century by Emperor Go-Kogon of that period and the royal crest can be seen at various spots within the vicinity. With its ability to instill a certain sense of calmness, this aged-but-beautiful architecture was once greatly favoured by the Imperial family. It is easy to understand why this is so.

Tōdai-ji, Deer, and Gardens in Nara
Friendly deer to tourist friendly gardens explore Nara
Some of the friendly deer greeting visitors hoping for treats
Category: Culture, Historic sites, Sight seeing
Nara is the capital city of Nara Prefecture located in the Kansai region of Japan directly bordering Kyoto Prefecture.

Sapporo Co-op Markets Kitahiroshima
Fresh Produce between the City and Airport
Fresh sea creatures big and small at the Co-op markets
Category: Shopping, Food
The Co-op markets are a great place to stop by in pick up some fresh food and groceries between the airport and the ski or nature resorts in Niseko or other parts of Hokkaido. There is free parking and many of the shops are open from 10 am to 10 pm, so even if you are coming on a late flight you may have time to stop by.

Wasabi Farm in Summer
Unique Spot near Matsumoto and Hakuba
Wasabi field with sunshades.
Category: Culture, Historic sites, Sight seeing, Food
Daio Wasabi Farm is Japan’s largest genuine wasabi farm and also a popular "sightseeing" spot located between Matsumoto and Hakuba.

Gozan no Okuribi (Mountain Bonfire)
A ritual of love, gratitude and respect
The Kanji character symbolising "Large" being set ablaze on the Daimonji mountain.
Category: Culture, Festivals
Believed to be dated back to the 13th century, Gozan no Okuribi is an annual traditional event that takes place annually on August 16th to mark the end of the Obon Festival (Festival of the Ancestors). The event places emphasis on setting giant bonfires on each of the five mountains that surround Kyoto city; meant to guide the souls of ancestors who returned to the mortal world during the Obon period back to their world that lies beyond.

Take a Break: Japanese Rest Stop
Travelers on an expressway are in for a treat
Need a break from your commute on the expressway? Detour onto a toll-free Service Area exit when you see these symbols.
Category: Culture, Shopping, Sight seeing, Food
An introduction to a Japanese rest stop, more commonly known as a Service Area located off an expressway. Park your car, take a break, review Highway Information, and grab a snack from one of the fast food restaurants. SA's are much more sophisticated than the typical rest area in the United States.

Abeno Harukas Viewing Deck
Breathtaking views atop Japan’s tallest building
Open-air plaza of Sky Garden
Category: Shopping, Sight seeing
Nestled within the vibrant towns of Abeno and Tennoji, Abeno Harukas is Japan’s tallest building at a height of 300m. Besides boosting magnificent view at its observatory, this mixed-use development also includes a department store, offices, hotel, museum and even the subway! 

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