STREETS OF OLD JAPAN
Visit Taishakuten Temple, still rich with the lingering romance of Tokyo’s traditional Shitamachi downtown, before heading off to in Kashima, another locale that continues to protect the “good old traditional Japan.” Kashima features Yutoku Inari Shrine, well-known for its red torii archways and fox statues, as well as tidal flats to experience. Take a trip that will make you fully appreciate Japan.
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Shibamata, widely known as the setting for the Otoko wa Tsurai yo (It's tough being a man) movies, with the shitamachi downtown atmosphere remaining as it was in the movies. Shibamata Taishakuten temple has striking architecture, such as the Taishaku-do hall and the Hon-do main hall, that bustles with people during the Koshin Day festival. The sando shopping street has many historical buildings dating back to 1912, and it is recommended that you walk the street while eating homemade kusa (grass) dumplings and rice crackers. There is a statue of Tora-san, the main character from the movies, in front of the train station, and you can find the set materials used to film the movies at the Katsushika Shibamata Tora-San Museum. At the Edo River nearby, you can still board the only Edo-era ferry in Tokyo at the Yagiri no Watashi crossing.
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The shrine was established in 1920 as a dedication to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and the Empress Dowager Shōken. The extensive forest around the shrine in the center of the city was created artificially by planting a hundred thousand trees donated from people all over the country.
The shrine attracts the greatest number of worshippers every year during hatsumode" over the New Year period."
Shinjuku is the center of Tokyo culture, and it is continuously developing. One of the district’s landmarks is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the center of Tokyo’s administration. With plenty of spots to see, the area is centered around JR Shinjuku Station, which serves 3.5 million passengers a day, the largest in Japan. The vicinity of the station’s East Exit is full of bustling streets such as Kabuki-cho and Golden-gai, and shopping areas such as department stores and large-scale stores. On the other hand, the business area of the West Exit is where the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building stands, along with an array of high-rise office buildings, hotels and public art installations. For those who are looking for a pleasant place to walk, the terraces among the buildings of the South Exit are perfect. Visitors can also come across more attractions around town including Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, an oasis in the city.
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Enjoy browsing the shops brimming with local Saga products, or savor the flavors of Saga at Camphor restaurant, which serves up Sicilian rice and Arita chicken.
Saga Airport to Saga Station Bus Center
Saga Station Bus Center to Mitsuse Shako
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Depending on the season, you can enjoy a farming experience or pizza-making at Guza farm-inn, have fun making caramel and meeting animals with the family at Donguri Mura theme park, and experience traditional Japanese paper-making at Hizen Nao Washi shop. Nishiyamada Farm has facilities where you can enjoy picking seasonal fruits and making soba noodle.
JR Saga Station to Takeo Onsen Station
Takeo Onsen Station South Exit to Ureshino Onsen Bus Center
Ureshino Onsen is mentioned in Hizen Fudoki" written in 712 in the entry, "There is a hot spring in the eastern region with medicinal benefits for man's ailments," and prospered as a post station on the “Nagasaki Kaido (Road)” during the Edo period. The silky hot water contains high levels of salt and sodium bicarbonate, which softens rough skin. In addition, it is said that drinking the water also activates the digestive system and liver.
The soft yudofu made with hot spring water is recommended."
Ureshino Onsen Bus Center to Yutoku Jinja-mae
Kashima ""Wood carving workshop Sugicho, Hizen-Hamashuku, Yutokuinari Shrine""more
The popular Yutoku Inari Shrine, with its striking, brilliant vermillion buildings, is known as one of the three great Inari shrines and temples (sandai inari), and is said to bring bountiful harvests and prosperous business. You can enjoy seasonal flowers, including cherry blossoms and azaleas, and fall leaves here.
Recently people have been renting kimono in the shopping street in front of the shrine and visiting the shrine in kimono. The fortune slips in different languages are also famous.
Plus, Kashima is an area where Japanese sake-brewing flourishes, centered around Hizen Hamashuku with its white-walled buildings. In 2011, the "Nabeshima" made here was chosen as the IWC’s Champion Sake. During the Kashima Sakagura (sake brewery) Tourism in late March, you can enjoy touring the six breweries in the city.
Yutoku Jinja-mae to Kashima Bus Center
*If traveling from Hamashuku, take the JR line from Hizen Hama Station to Hizen Oura Station
JR Hizen Kashima Station to Hizen Oura Station
The highlights of Tara Town are the Takezaki crabs and oysters. In the winter, you can enjoy cooking freshly caught seafood at small grilled-oyster shops along the national highway.
You can also take a dip in a hot spring with a view of the wide Ariake Sea in the hot spring hotels along the coast. The tide level of the Ariake Sea varies by six meters. In Tara, known as “the town where you can see the gravitational pull of the moon,” you can enjoy the hot springs while gazing at the ebb and the flow of the tide.
Recently the Kaichu Torii gates in the sea have become a popular photo spot when the tide is high.
Recently the Kaichu Torii gates in the sea, which become submerged in water when the tide is high, have become a popular photo spot.
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JR Hizen Oura Station to Saga Station
There are buildings from the Meiji period (1868-1912) and the Taisho period (1912-1926) at the Saga Historic Folk Museum, and you can enjoy costume and tea experiences in the retro atmosphere.
On top of this, at Hizen Vidro, which has inherited an art created at the end of the Edo period (1603-1868), there is a glassware experience workshop where you can experience the actual process, and create your very own glass.
You can enjoy displays of carpets old and new at Nabeshima Dantsu Museum, as well as the attached workshop.
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