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A Day in Hakata, Fukuoka City
Walking the highlights of the historic town
It is definitely about atmosphere in Fukuoka City, about open-minded people full of energy, but the city has some great sights to offer, too. Here is the itinerary with my favorite spots!

Zuihoden Mausoleum
The mausoleum of the first feudal lord of Sendai
Zuihoden is the mausoleum of the first feudal lord of Sendai. Its mausoleums feature rare Momoyama style architecture in a setting of calming cedar tress. 

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Hatakeyama Museum of Fine Art
Dedicated to the art of tea ceremony
In the centre of Tokyo, Hatakeyama Museum of Fine Art houses a collection of beautiful artworks and objects related to Japanese tea ceremony.

Hina Doll Display at Kanzo Yashiki
Antique Hinamatsuri dolls and fabric craft decorations
Colorful exhibition of antique Hina dolls and fabric handcraft decorations in a lovely Edo Era farmhouse named  Kanzo Yashiki near Enzan Station in Koshu City, Yamanashi Prefecture.

The Little Indigo Museum
An alchemy of color and music
The Little Indigo Museum is Hiroyuki Shindo's collection of textiles from Japan & around the world. Housed in a village elder's thatched house, it has a working set of dye vats. It is open from Spring to Autumn each year in the village of Miyama.

Vangi Sculpture Museum
A charming museum and garden out in the hills
Close to Mishima in Japan's Shizuoka prefecture, Vangi Sculpture Museum is home to enjoyable sculpture, both in an eye-catching building and an attractive landscaped garden.

Fukuchiyama Castle
A tale of loyalty and betrayal
A recipe on how to build a castle. Take a field worth 60,000 koku of rice, add an angry general, and then stir it up with betrayal and ambition. Fukuchiyama Castle is a story of awe and wonder, as well as a surprising twist that will be revealed in the next installment.

Kamaishi by the Sea
A good place for great seafood and sight seeing
Kamaishi by the sea

Kataoka Tsurutaro Art Museum
Charming, colourful art in Kusatsu Onsen
In the hot-spring and ski resort of Kusatsu in Japan's Gunma prefecture, Kataoka Tsurutaro Art Museum holds exhibitions of charming painting, ceramics and calligraphy.

Fun at the Fire Museum
A free interactive exhibit by the Tokyo Fire Department
Fun at the Fire Museum, a free interactive exhibit by the Tokyo Fire Department

Nihon Minka-en Folk House Museum
An urban escape into the world of Japanese folk stories
This splendid museum is located in Ikuta Ryokuchi Park in Kawasaki city, just outside Metropolitan Tokyo. 

The Sword of Swords (and Swordsmen)
A national treasure and more in northern Saitama
Nine large kofuns and the Inariyama Sword make Sakitama Kofun Park perfect for a Sunday picnic, casual futsal game, or enjoyable stroll though Japan's rich history.