Shiratani Cloud Water Valley 白谷雲水峡, Shiratani-Unsuikyo, Mononoke Hime no Mori, もののけ姫の森, Princess Mononoke's Forest Attraction

Japan, 〒891-4200 鹿児島県熊毛郡屋久島町

Model forest of Princess Mononoke of Studio Ghibli animation.

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Green and moist mossy forest! Though we forgot to bring the tree spirits here, we enjoyed ourselves very much in this forest, playing with totoro instead.
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Personally, the Shiratani trail is more beautiful than the Jomon Sugi trail. If you have time, do both. Else, Shiratani is an easier and nicer trail, with many big cedar trees as well. Good thing about Yakushima trail is that you don't need good weather as most of the trail are within the forest with little opportunity to view the landscape of nearby mountains (except Toikawa Rock). If fact, the moss gets more vibrant after a rain. We did the Bugyosugi Cedar Course plus Toikawa Rock loop, which should take 4 hours, but we spend the entire day in Shiratani (from 8am) and left on the last bus at 4.10pm.
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Off the coast of Kagoshima Prefecture (about 4 hours away via ferry ride) lies a very beautiful island known as Yakushima. It’s quite popular among both Japanese and foreign tourists for its beautiful forests and beaches. There are an endless number of hiking and trekking routes, and it’s also a great location for snorkeling and scuba …

Ghibli Museum 三鷹の森ジブリ美術館, Mitaka no Mori Jiburi Bijutsukan, Totoro Museum Attraction

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    10:00 - 18:00 Closed every Tuesday
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    Over Age 19 ¥1,000 Age 13-18 ¥700 Age 7-12 ¥400 Age 4-6 ¥100 * Compulsory advance ticket purchase

1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0013

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The museum is not a big place, mainly 3 floors and a rooftop. The ground floor is exhibition, which is pretty interesting. Second floor is exhibition of work area and how animation are made. Third floor is a Cat Bus play area for little children (why can't adult have fun too) and a small shop. Roof top is a garden with Giant Robot from Laputa. And there is an outdoor restaurant with quite a long queue. We are lucky to booked an online ticket for 1000 yen per person, which is quite a challenge. The is a dedicated yellow Ghibli bus at Mitika Station south exit, and get down from the left stairs.
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A visit to the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.
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Since releasing Castle in the Sky in 1986, the magicians of Studio Ghibli have come to dominate the world of Japanese animation. Spirited Away, Porco Rosso, ...

Mount Takao 高尾山 Attraction

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    Cablecar: 8:00 - 17:45 Chair Lift: 9:00 - 16:30
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    Cablecar: 480 yen (one way), 930 yen (round trip) Chair Lift: 480 yen (one way), 930 yen (round trip)

Mount Takao, Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0844, Japan

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It is peak autumn at Mount Takao, just an hour out from Tokyo. This is a pretty touristy place, means good transport, plenty of food and restaurant. There are some marvelous red leaves just in front of the station. We took the tram up, where the path are covered by red autumn trees. You could walk as well, but we are short on time. It is another 30-60 minutes walk up the peak depending on which path you take. We took no 3. The weather is perfect today, and we can see all the mountains. Fuji is slightly hidden with clouds at its top. Unpack our lunch from a bakery and enjoy the view. There is a restaurant up there as well. We went back on route no 1 and pass by a temple. Just in time for the last chair lift decent at 4.30pm and the sky starts to get dark.
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Very beautiful mountain just about one hour away from the Tokyo city center. The mountain was still full of autumn colors! To save some time (go down before sunset) we took the cable car up and chairlift down. The chairlift was fantastic!
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his day hike was much easier than I thought, coming from someone who’s not really into outdoor activities nor did much hiking before (I had a really tough time hiking Mt Batur in Bali). The different trails Mt Takao has meant you can choose according to your preferences and fitness levels. Each trail offers different experiences and sights, ranging from Biwa Waterfall (perhaps even a monk training under the waterfall if you’re lucky), to a monkey park, Yakuo-in Temple, etc. I enjoyed hiking through the quiet forests for Trail 3 – the silence through the forests was a welcome delight. That path also gently forced me to stay in the present moment and focus fully on my journey.

Mount Daisen 大山 Attraction

Daisen-cho, Saihaku-gun, Tottori Prefecture

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Hiking Mount Daisen on a drizzling and misty day. Less than 5 degree Celsius on early November rainy day. The mountain is really beautiful despite totally misty at the top. We went up on the Natsumaya mountain trail which took us less than 3 hours to reach the top, as most Japanese elders overtook us. We came down on the Gyoja trail which go through a beautiful birch autumn forest, Ogamiyama Shrine and Daisen Temple.
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Where the town ends are several temples and shrines (the most prominent of which is Daisen-ji, the temple dedicated to the worship of the mountain itself), which mark the beginning of the trails. At first, the ascent was slow and gradual, winding through tunnels of trees aflame in the reds, oranges, and yellows of Mid-Autumn.

Arakawa trail entrance to Jomon Sugi 荒川登山口 Attraction


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About 10 hours hike return trip to this beautiful forest to see some super old and big trees. The oldest one is jomon sugi. Many people come here all the way to see the few thousands years old tree.
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Hiking start from Arakawa trail entrance and would take 8-10h for a round-trip to see the big cedar tree - Jomon Sugi. The first 2 hours and last 2 hours are just flat old rail tracks, so it gets boring very soon. One of the highlight is Wilson's Stump, which is a gigantic hollow cedar tree stump with a little shrine in it. If feels quite magical, something like a hobit's house, but unfurnished. There are many big cedar trees along the way, quite a few are named. At the end you could see the grand Jomon Sugi cedar tree. Not actually the tallest, but the biggest (taking account the diameter and width). It quite magnificent even though we have a view it from an observation deck 10-20m away. Push 10 minutes further from Jumon Sugi and you can visit a mountain hut. There only one early bus to reach Yakusugi Museum / Shizenkan by 5.29am. The is a required 1000 yen donation plus 690 yen one-way ticket to Arakawa trail head. The next bus depart by 5.40am and takes 30 minutes. We manage complete trekking and board the 4:00pm bus from Arakawa to Yakusugi Museum / Shizenkan. We took the 4.45pm bus back to Anbo. Be aware bus schedule are different depending on season, so check the website
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Ancient cryptomeria trees, moss forests, and pristine waters await you. Enjoy hiking in Yakushima with a native-English speaking guide.

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter 倉敷美観地区 Attraction

Honmachi, Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture 710-0054, Japan

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It is a few old street and a canal, a tourist spot with some boutique shop. I would say the experience is only average.
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The best time to visit is in spring when the cherry blossoms bloom, and in autumn to catch the beauty of fall colors. walk around – enjoy the beautiful architecture and take in the scenery snap away – Japan is such a photogenic country, take as many photos as you can eat everything – try all the snacks, indulge in all the sweets, taste everything explore the shops – window shopping is such a treat, but shop wisely appreciate the culture – visit Achi Shrine and Ohara Museum of Art
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Kurashiki Bikan Chiku (Bikan Historical Quarter) is one of the top destinations for tourists in Okayama; traditional Japanese houses and buildings remain.

Mifuneyama Rakuen 御船山楽園 Attraction

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    Autumn Leaves Festival Nov 3 - Dec 10 2017 Daytime 8:00 - 17:30 Night 17:30 - 22:00
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    Day: ¥600 for adults, ¥300 for elementary school student Night: ¥900 for adults, ¥400 for elementary school student
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4100 Takeo, Takeo-cho, Takeo, Saga 843-0022, Japan 〒843-0022 佐賀県武雄市武雄町大字武雄4100

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By the way, I drove here this time and it's definitely a lot more convenient than taking the train + bus. Parking was no problem, although I'm guessing that it's because this wasn't peak season? And I remembered to bring my camera so I managed to get some close up shots of the flowers!
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Buying two admission tickets (500 yen per person) at the entrance, we took a tour to the lovely garden. Going a little further down the walking path from the entrance, you'll see a gorgeous fall scenery around here.

Osaka Castle Park 大阪城公園 Attraction

1 Ōsakajō, Chūō-ku, Osaka, 540-0002, Japan 〒540-0002 大阪府大阪市中央区大阪城1

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The walk in the park was quite relaxing. There's a river (or lake?) showing nice reflection. We walked in the park until we reached the Osaka Castle. There are actually many different angles that you can see the Osaka Castle. It's beautiful especially when it's surrounded by the autumn leaves.
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Osaka Castle Park is pretty big, beautiful and free. Only entrance to the Osaka castle need to pay. 大阪城公园蛮漂亮的,有森林步道,秋叶,咖啡馆,小孩游乐场地,而且还是免费的。

Canal City Hakata キャナルシティ博多 Attraction

1-2, Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0018

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Beautiful lighting show in the canal city. The canal city is a huge shopping mall with a lot of variety of shops including a category called character goods, where Donguri shop is of course under this category.
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Going to Canal City Hakata, they have a musical water fountain and light show going on occasionally.

Daikanbo Lookout 大観峰 展望所 Attraction

2090-8 Yamada, Aso-shi, Kumamoto-ken 869-2313, Japan

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Great viewpoint
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A good viewpoint of the Aso Caldera.

Eikando Zenrin-ji 永観堂禅林寺 Attraction

Eikando-cho 48, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

Fujiko F Fujio Museum 川崎市 藤子・F・不二雄ミュージアム Attraction

2-8-1 Nagao, Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture 214-0023, Japan

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Tickets are not sold at the museum and must be purchased in advance. Our helpful Airbnb host from Tokyo bought the tickets using the Loppi automatic ticket machine at one of the Lawson convenience stores and passed them to us on the day of our arrival. A specific entry date and time slot (10:00, 12:00, 14:00 or 16:00) must be selected when purchasing your ticket, so we gave our host a few options just in case tickets for a particular time slot were sold out. Alternatively, you can also purchase your tickets online but it will be relatively more expensive.
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Once you get there, you will be briefed about what you can expect from the museum. There were plenty of original artwork, projected demonstration on making comics and a replica of the artist's studio inside. Unfortunately, NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED!

Himeji Castle 姫路城, Himejijō Attraction

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    9:00 - 16:00 (closing gate is 17:00) 9:00 - 17:00 (Summer: April 27 - August 31) (closing gate is 18:00) Closed on December 29 and 30
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    Adult (18 years old ~) - 1000 yen, 1040 yen (include Kokoen Garden) Child (primary school student, junior high school student, high school student) - 300 yen
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68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture 670-0012, Japan

Hitachi Seaside Park 国営ひたち海浜公園, Kokuei Hitachi Kaihinkōen Attraction

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    9:30–17:00 (march 1st – july 20th・september 1st – october 31th) 9:30–18:00 (July 21th – August 31th) 9:30–16:30 (November 1st – end of February) ※Close on Tuesday if Monday is National holiday. ※The park is closed on 12/31,1/1,and for 4 days from the first Tuesday in February through the following Friday.Please note that the park is opened everyday during the following periods: Spring / March 26th – May 31th Summer / July 21th – August 31th Fall / October 1st – October 31th Winter / December 25th – December 31th
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    450 yen
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Japan, 〒312-0012 Ibaraki Prefecture, Hitachinaka, Mawatari, 大沼605−4

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走到覺得怎麼還沒到時,終於看到紅色的小山丘了 國營常陸海濱公園每年都會依照季節種植不同的植物,像這片山丘在四五月時是夢幻的藍色粉蝶花山丘 花季過了之後重新翻土,種下掃帚草,到了秋天,就變成紅色掃帚草了

Mount Aso 阿蘇山, Asosan Attraction

Mt Aso, Kurokawa, Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture 869-2225, Japan

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We get up close to the crater to view loads of poisonous gas spitting out from the crater, and occasionally you can view the blue color water at the bottom of the crater. The crater is pretty sensitive, as you might have to wait until the gas level is low enough to have a safe viewing near the edge of the crater. The walking path around the crater is off limit during my visit.
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We were also looking forward to today's activities which were to feature a visit to the largest volcano in Japan, Mount Aso. We planned to spend the whole day in ...
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Our second day in Japan was also our first ever trip to an active volcano! Mount Aso is the world's largest active volcanic caldera at some 25 km across, ...

Mount Misen 弥山 Attraction

Itsukushima / Miyajima

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Mount Misen is a superb hike, offering 3 different route plus cable car. Do allocate at least 2.5h if you are fast, but I prefer to do it in 4h to take time to enjoy the view and take photos. Though the Misen Observatory has a great view, but my personal favorite is Komabayashi which is a big rock platform with much lesser crowd. We went up through the Momijidani Course and came down using Omoto Course.

Mount Yoshino 吉野山, Yoshino-yama Attraction

Mt Yoshino, Yoshinoyama, Yoshino, Yoshino District, Nara Prefecture 639-3115, Japan

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November 12. Nara - Mt. Yoshino It was our second time to avail of our free breakfast at the hotel where we stayed and as I was discussing with the husband our itinerary for the day when I noticed how the Japanese ate breakfast. I wonder if it’s common or a popular dish in Japan,…
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We took the train from Kyoto station (2 hour journey, one change) to Yoshino. This was on Kintetsu Railway, one of the private railways serving the Kansai region ...
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it took quite a few train rides and 2 and a half hours to get there from the shinosaka station (close to our hotel) but we finally got there, and started the long trek up ...

Shimogamo Shrine 下鴨神社, Shimogamo Jinja, 賀茂御祖神社 Attraction

59 Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-0807, Japan 〒606-0807 京都市左京区下鴨泉川町59

Dazaifu Tenmangū 太宰府天満宮 Attraction

4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu-city, Fukuoka, 818-0195, Japan.

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A stroll in Dazaifu Shrine after coming back from Kamado Shrine / Mount Homan.
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Michizane was especially fond of ume (Asian plum) trees, and there are as many as 6000 of them on the grounds of Dazaifu Tenman-gū. One particular tree, the Tobiume “flying plum tree”, stands to the right of the honden main shrine hall – legend has it that Michizane yearned so much for this tree that it uprooted itself from Kyoto and flew to Dazaifu Tenman-gū. When we visited the ume trees were starting to come into full bloom, their white and pink flowers signalling the welcome arrival of spring.

Takachiho Gorge 高千穂峡 Attraction

Japan, 〒882-1101 宮崎県西臼杵郡高千穂町三田井御塩井

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This is a pretty small place, with the main attraction is the section of the gorge with waterfall. The place for boating is narrow and limited, and walking trail is pretty short.
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Sei-jyaku is a quintessentially Japanese sentiment connoting poignant silence. Neither positive nor negative, it signifies willful inaction, a deeply
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Unlike most other places we've visited with the car so far, Takachiho is not easily accessible with public transportation as the bus trip is long and infrequent.

Takachiho Shrine 高千穂神社 Attraction

〒882-1101 Takachiho-cho 1037 Mitai, Ooaza 宮崎県西臼杵郡高千穂町大字三田井1037

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The shrine is having a festival with pop-up stalls. And there is a performance as well.

Tofukuji Temple 東福寺 Attraction

Japan, 〒605-0981 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Honmachi 京都市東山区本町15−778

This temple is the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. It was built in 1236 on the instructions of Kujo Michiie, the great statesman of the Kamakura period, who desired to build in Kyoto a temple complexes in Nara. Even its name, Tofukuji, is a combination of one chalacter from the names of each of these Nara temples.

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Tofukuji temple is one of the best places to visit for viewing red and yellow colored autumn leaves in Kyoto. You can overlook about 2000 Japanese maple trees from three bridges. They are overwhelming.

Tokyo Disneyland 東京ディズニーランド, Tōkyō Dizunīrando Attraction

1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan

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About Tokyo Disneyland, one of the themeparks that make up Tokyo Disney Resort

Umeda Sky Building 梅田スカイビル, Floating Garden Observatory, 空中庭園 Attraction

Japan, 〒531-0076 大阪府大阪市 北区大淀中1−1−88

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For the last leg of my Japan trip, we visited the Umeda Sky Building, which was just a short distance away from our area in Namba. Now, not everyone finds it ...
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The Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル) is an iconic building in northern Osaka city; the height is 173 meters high. We visit this attraction for free because we have Osaka Amazing Pass. For the normal price per person costs 700 yen (adult).
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Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル) is a tall building of 173 meters consisting of mainly two main towers connected with each other by the "Floating Garden ...

Unzen Hell 雲仙地獄, Unzen Jigoku Attraction

Obamacho Unzen, Unzen, Nagasaki Prefecture

Unzen Hell contains about 30 types of hells dotted in the area, and the whole area is covered with white clay, which was emitted by hot and cold springs.

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哇!我们来了清七地狱!在这个Unzen 市里头有个一直冒烟的温泉,晚上有种倩女幽魂的感觉😁
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Passing by the Unzen Hell Hotspring with plenty of steam.
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Tsukiji Market 築地市場 Attraction

日本東京都中央区築地5丁目2−1 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan

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這篇就是來分享我在築地市場精選的超值美食們!!! 不用排隊,不用早起,早上9點來就可以吃到我文章裡面的美食囉! 有鮪魚大腹、海膽、帝王蟹腳、玉子燒、還有握壽司阿~~~~

Adachi Museum of Art 足立美術館 Attraction

320 Furukawacho, Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture 692-0064, Japan

  • 2014-09-23 00:00:00+00:00
"The garden is, so to speak, a picture scroll," says Adachi Zenko, founder of a beautiful museum in the Shimane prefecture. So said, so done. At the Adachi ...
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Day Trips. Adachi Museum of Art Trip. May 18, 2014. Sometimes, I miss Japan. My interest in Japanese gardens pre-dates my obsession with bonsai, so I enjoy ...

Amanoiwato Shrine 天岩戸神社, Amano Yasukawara, 天安河原 Attraction

〒882-1621 宮崎県西臼杵郡高千穂町岩戸1073番地1

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The special thing about this shrine is there is a shrine in a open cave, and it looks gorgeous when the sun shine in.

Arima Onsen 有馬温泉 Attraction

Arima-onsen, Arimacho, Kita, Kobe, Hyōgo 651-1401, Japan

Asahiyama Zoo 旭山動物園, Asahiyama Dōbutsuen Attraction

〒078-8205 北海道旭川市東旭川町倉沼