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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!

Ezoshi Art Shop and Gallery Gion
Rediscover the past through Shin Hanga and Ukiyo e
This gallery brings together the best of Japanese woodprint art from various periods at prices that are hard to beat elsewhere in Japan or around the world.

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Hamanako Orgel Museum
A feast for the auditory senses
Curating over 70 different mechanically driven musical boxes from all over the world, the Hamanako Orgel Museum is truly a feast for the auditory senses.

Advertising Museum Tokyo
Free admission into the world of Japanese advertising
Advertising Museum Tokyo provides a look into the world of Japanese advertising from the Edo period running right through to the glitz and glamour of present day advertising. It shows how advertising was done in Japan in the early Edo period through a more physical process, then to colorful flyers and posters before the emergence of newspapers and magazines, after which came television and social media.  Everything is expertly linked together with a great historical commentary. At the end there is an opportunity to watch adverts from 2010 ranging all the way back to the 1950's, providing a fantastic insight into the changes of consumer culture, lifestyles and ideologies in Japan. 

Tokyo Japanese Sword Museum
A divine display of beautiful swords
Tokyo Japanese Sword Museum is dedicated to preserving Japanese art swords. Inside are a variety of blades, all ranging in length and curvature, aesthetically designed specifically to represent the period of time they were produced in. The swords, which are beautiful objects of art, sit behind glass as important cultural assets to Japan. Inside you will see magnificent blades, and also a few swords with wonderfully designed handles and mounts. A manual for appreciating the art of the sword and 'The Construction of the Japanese Sword,' along with 'Japanese Sword Vocabulary' are essential to make the most of. They provide a excellent account into the history of the swords, their makers and their spiritual and artistic importance. 

Tokugawa Garden and Art Museum
A divine garden and fascinating museum
Tokugawa Garden and Art Museum is a glimpse into the past beauty of Japan and a wonderful reflection of the present. The museum is fantastic and is filled with history of the Noh theater, the beautiful objects owned by the cultured elite, such as their wonderful swords, tea bowls, and so much more. The garden is very scenic, popular for newly-wed couples to capture their special moment in a heavenly backdrop. The pond in the garden boasts so many different, unique and colorful koi carp that are a joy to behold. 

Tour of Manns Wines in Katsunuma
Free tour including wine tasting
Take a tour of Manns Wines in Katsunuma, Yamanashi. See their wine making process and enjoy a free tasting of their wines.

Star Wars Visions X Tokyo
The force is strong in Roppongi Hills
Feel the force of Star Wars binding your galaxy in an epic exhibition called Star Wars Visions. The exhibition is held in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, from April 28 - June 28, 2015.

Sawada Seiko Memorial Museum
A museum of delightful sculpture in Atami
In the resort town of Atami in Japan's Shizuoka prefecture, the Sawada Seiko Memorial Museum is full of delightful paintings and sculptures

JAXA Sagamihara Campus
Be inspired by Japan's very own Hayabusa spacecraft
JAXA, short for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is the official space research and testing agency in and across Japan. Of its many famous campuses and facilities, JAXA Sagamihara is famous for its principal role in the launch of the Hayabusa, a Japanese-developed unmanned spacecraft; and subsequently for its curation of the re-entry capsule of said spacecraft.

Sagamihara City Museum
Celebrating Sagamihara's rich history and culture.
Recently celebrating its 20th anniversary, Sagamihara City Museum celebrates the city's rich history and culture, from her roots during Japan Paleolithic period to her new-found significance as the home to the JAXA Sagamihara campus.

The Gotoh Museum
Traditional arts and a beautiful garden in Tokyo
Close to central Tokyo, The Gotoh Museum exhibits traditional Japanese and Asian paintings, ceramics, calligraphy and other crafts, and has a relaxing garden to enjoy.

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