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One can meet Komainu lion-like statues in many places in Japan, so they are one of the symbols of Shinto sacred places.
The Takayama Jinya is the only National historical site of its kind in Japan. Beautifully preserved and filled with history, it is an excellent way to get to know the Edo period whilst you are visiting the area.
On the east coast of Japan's volcanic Izu Peninsula, the hot spring town of Ito has a number of cute statues topping fountains dotted around its streets.
Kanazawa Castle and Castle Gardens are a gem in the city's sights. Although the original buildings may no longer exist, their reproductions are just as impressive.
Experience the birthplace of one of Japan's most renowned Buddhist monks.
The Edo-Tokyo​ Museum brings the history of Japan's modern capital to life.
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine; the center of Kamakura, the first capital of the samurai.
The history of steel making all started in Kamaishi, Iwate. The museum and Hashino steel making blast furnace is a great way to find out about this important part of modern Japan