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Walk the Samurai Trail to Narai of a Thousand Houses
Go back in time by walking the Nakasendo Road from Yabuhara over the Torii Pass to Narai, one of the best-preserved sections of this famous trail samurai used for traveling between Edo (old Tokyo) and Kyoto
48 Hours in Nagano City
In 1998, Nagano City hosted the Winter Olympic Games and introduced the world to the Japanese Alps, the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and glorious Japanese powder (or, “japow”). But that isn’t all that the area has to offer. With beautiful Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in the heart of Japan’s mountains, Nagano City is a hub of spiritual sites and natural splendor. Take a model 2-day trip around Nagano City and enjoy another side of Japan!
Craft Town Matsumoto, From Folk to Contemporary
More than just a castle, Matsumoto has a vibrant craft scene with a strong legacy
From Buddhist Souvenirs to Eclectic Antiques, and with All Kinds of Eateries In-between, Zenkoji Temple’s Naka-mise is a Shopper’s Paradise.
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Silk Dyeing (Komagane Silk Museum Workshop)
Dedicated to honoring the area’s sericulture roots, th...
Shaw Memorial Chapel (Karuizawa Churches)
Alexander Croft Shaw House and Memorial Chapel are test...
Uchiyama Style Japanese Paper Making (Iiyama City Hand-made Paper Workshop)
‘Washi’ (Japanese traditional paper) is made from wood ...
Zazen Meditation and Sutra Copying at Zenkoji’s Daikanjin Temple
At Daikanjin Temple, one of the two temples that overseer...