Category: Japan

A Visit To Nijo Castle Before Flying Home
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Japan Day 10: A Visit To Nijo Castle Before Flying Home

On our final day in Japan, we woke up early for a visit to Nijo Castle before our flight home. Nijo Castle was built as the residence of the first shogun of the Edo period in 1603. The castle is divided into three sections, with a primary circle of defense, a secondary circle of defense, and a circle of gardens that encapsulate both.

Japan Day 9: Kyoto Tower And A Day Trip To Nara
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Japan Day 9: Kyoto Tower And A Day Trip To Nara

Nara is a 45 minute train ride from Kyoto, and its a JR train that’s included with the JR Rail Pass. Nara was the first official capital of Japan having been established in the year 710. Back then, the city was called Heijo. Nara has some of Japan’s oldest and most historic temples, making it a must see site.

Tokyo Kamakura Japan Giant Buddha Hasadera Temple
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Japan Day 6: A Day Trip To Kamakura

Kamakura is a short one hour train ride from Tokyo and makes for a great day trip. Kamakura was the political capital of Japan under the Minamoto shogun in 1192 and remained the center of Japanese politics until things moved to Kyoto in the 14th century. Nowadays, Kamakura is known for it’s giant Bhudda, shrines, temples, and beaches.