JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Lookout deck on the top floor of Shimabara Castle's main tower.Jul 01, 2020
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After the Mt. Fugen-dake's eruption in 1991, Shimabara Castle grounds served as the command headquarters for a small contingent of Self-Defense Forces monitoring the mountain 24 hours a day.Jul 01, 2020
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Shimabara Castle and koinobori carp streamers.Jul 01, 2020
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Shimabara Castle's castle donjon or main tower.Almost 40,000 peasants occupied Hara Castle to protest their religious and economic oppression. The rebellion lasted for about three months until the shogunate's troops overpowered and slaughtered the rebels. This effectively ended the propagation of Christianity in feudal Japan.Jul 01, 2020
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The castle donjon or main tower (tenshu) is a museum of Christian relics and folkcrafts. The top floor gives a fine view of the entire city and part of Mt. Fugen-dake.Jul 01, 2020
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Shimabara Castle is often mistaken as the site of the Shimabara Rebellion (1637-8). The rebellion actually took place at Hara Castle (now in ruins near Hara-jo Station on the Shimabara Railway) in the southern part of Shimabara Peninsula.However, the Shimabara Rebellion was sparked by the construction of Shimabara Castle when the local people were charged high taxes to finance the construction.Jul 01, 2020
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Shimabara Castle was the government headquarters of the Shimabara Domain until 1871. Shimabara Castle's tenshu main tower and a corner turret (foreground).Jul 01, 2020
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In Nagasaki Prefecture, Shimabara Castle is the picturesque symbol of the city. Short walk from Shimabara Station (Shimabara Railway that starts from Isahaya Station).Jul 01, 2020
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Besides the moat and stone walls, Shimabara Castle has two castle buildings. The tenshu main tower (rebuilt in 1964) and a corner turret (foreground).Jul 01, 2020
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Old video of gojinjo-daiko drummers performing in Wajima.Jun 30, 2020
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From Kanazawa Station, there are buses that go to Senmaida. Takes about 2 hours.Jun 29, 2020
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Designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).Jun 29, 2020
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Volunteers plant and harvest the rice here. The rice paddies are owned by multiple owners who meet ownership requirements. Jun 29, 2020
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The smallest rice terace is only 0.2 sq. meter. The land is very fertile and minimal fertilizer is required. Senmaida is one of the most picturesque and impressive spots on the Noto Peninsula.Address: 石川県輪島市白米町99-5Jun 29, 2020
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Senmaida in Shiroyone, Wajima is one of Japan's most famous terraced rice paddies. It's in a remote location (10 km from central Wajima), but very picturesque with the ocean (Sea of Japan) right below it. Senmaida literally means "One-thousand rice terraces."Jun 29, 2020
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Entrance to Komaruyamajoshi Park, the site of an old castle. Famous for azaleas in May. 小丸山城址公園Jun 29, 2020
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JR Nanao Station on the JR Nanao Line. 七尾駅Jun 29, 2020
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The old Wakura Onsen Center was a large public hot spring bath which charged ¥1,300. It had three hot spring baths. 和倉温泉Jun 29, 2020
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Wakura Onsen Station on the JR Nanao Line from Kanazawa. 和倉温泉駅Jun 29, 2020
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Near JR Menda Station.Jun 29, 2020
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Kita-ke is a district governor's residence with a 350-year history. It is now a museum exhibiting documents and artifacts of its past. The house and front gate (photo) are National Important Cultural Properties.Jun 29, 2020
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Inside Kita-ke.Jun 29, 2020
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The old Ushitsu Station before the Noto train line was abolished in March 2005. The site is now a tourist info center. Part of the tracks in memorialized in concrete. 宇出津駅Jun 29, 2020
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On a small cape is Toshimayama Park with a variety of landscapes and ocean views and walking paths. Local museums too. Former castle site with lots of flowering plants including cherry blossoms.. 遠島山公園This is Shirasagi Bridge spanning 67 meters. Great views from this bridge. しらさぎ橋 Jun 29, 2020
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Tsukumo Bay. Tsukumo means "99," after the many inlets in the cove which is one of Japan's "100 Famous Views." 九十九湾Jun 29, 2020
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Tsukumo Bay boat cruises are available. 九十九湾Jun 29, 2020
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Bentenjima island on the Koiji Coast that stretches for 1 km. It's a lover's beach because "Koiji" means "lovers' road." It comes from a lovers' tragedy legend. Lots of couples come here. 恋路海岸 弁天島In the foreground is a Kannon statue. 恋路観音像Jun 29, 2020
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Koinobori carp streamers.Jun 29, 2020
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Kihe'e-don is the former residence of the Sakurai family who engaged in salt and lacquer production. The "don" is the highest honorific in the Noto dialect. 喜兵衛どんBuilt in the mid-Meiji Period, it is a museum which attempts to show how the upper-class farmers of that time lived.Jun 29, 2020
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Marker for "Center of the Japanese Archipelago" near Rokkosaki Lighthouse.Jun 29, 2020
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Cape Rokkosaki is at the northernmost tip of Noto Peninsula and famous as where you can see both the sunrise and sunset over the ocean.On clear days, Sado island in Niigata Prefecture can also be seen.
Address: 石川県珠洲市狼煙町イ-51
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Rokkosaki Lighthouse is on the northern tip of Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. Built in July 1883 and designed by a British engineer named Richard Henry Brunton. It is also pronounced "Rokkozaki."Richard Henry Brunton (1841–1901) came to Japan in July 1868 to design lighthouses. He designed 26 lighthouses in Japan and was dubbed "Father of Japanese lighthouses".Jun 29, 2020
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Rokkosaki Lighthouse is unmanned and normally closed to the public. A few times a year, it's open to the public. Stands on a cliff 50 meters above the sea.Many boats got lost or shipwrecked in this area until a bon fire was kept lit at night from the 18th century before this lighthouse was built. The light was first fueled by oil, then electricity in 1940.Jun 29, 2020
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In winter, strong winds blow Tarumi Falls upward so much that the water does not fall into the plunge pool. 垂水の滝Location: https://goo.gl/maps/WLYQ6LZaHR8E9h9d9Jun 29, 2020
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In Wajima, Sosogi Coast is a National Place of Scenic Beauty with craggy and unusual rock formations. Sights include Window Rock (Mado-iwa) here. 窓岩Location: https://goo.gl/maps/KJcj2X6BmeETgTE57Jun 29, 2020
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Tarumi Falls flow directly into the ocean. 垂水の滝Sosogi Coast in Wajima is a scenic area of craggy and unusual rock formations. Sights include Window Rock (Mado-iwa) and Tarumi Falls.Jun 29, 2020
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A short walk away is the less grand Shimo-Tokikuni-ke, the residence of a branch family of the Tokikuni. 下時国家Jun 29, 2020
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Inside Kami Tokikuni-ke home.Jun 29, 2020
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Kami Tokikuni-ke home. Both Tokikuni-ke homes are National Important Cultural Properties.Jun 29, 2020
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Gojinjo-Daiko drummers. Jun 29, 2020
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They also perform indoors for free on weekend evenings (or every evening in summer) at Wajima Kiriko Art Museum.Jun 29, 2020
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Old Wajima Station before it closed in 2001 when the Noto Railway line between Wajima and Anamizu Stations was abolished. It's now a Michi-no-Eki Wajima Roadside Station selling local produce.Jun 29, 2020
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Wajima Kiriko Art Museum. Kiriko lantern floats can be as tall as 15 meters and weigh 2 tons. They are pulled around town. 輪島キリコ会館https://wajima-kiriko.com/en/Jun 29, 2020
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Wajima Kiriko Art Museum exhibits floats from the Noto Kiriko Matsuri. Kiriko are tall lanterns. The festival is held in many locations on the Noto Peninsula during July to Oct. 輪島キリコ会館Address: 石川県輪島市マリンタウン6-1
Open 8 am–5 pm
Admission charged.
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Washing fishing boat at Wajima port.Jun 29, 2020
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Sodegaura 鴨ヶ浦Jun 29, 2020
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Sodegaura is a scenic place to stroll around. 鴨ヶ浦Jun 29, 2020
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It is said that Wajima lacquerware dates back some 1,000 years. It takes 75 to 124 meticulous steps to produce Wajima lacquerware. 輪島塗There are four basic stages: Procuring and preparing the wood, shaping the wood into the desired form, lacquering, and decoration.Jun 29, 2020
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Wajima has many nice lacquerware shops. Walk around town and drop in to see the fine lacquerware for sale. You will gasp at some of the prices. (A pair of lacquered chopsticks can cost ¥20,000.) 輪島塗Jun 29, 2020
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Wajima-nuri lacquerware has been around for centuries. It is known to be high-end and expensive lacquerware. 輪島塗Jun 29, 2020
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Wajima-nuri Kaikan (Wajima Lacquerware Hall 輪島塗会館). Making Wajima-nuri lacquerware (urushi). Wajima-nuri is very famous and the lacquer is known to be very durable. 輪島塗Jun 29, 2020
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Wajima Asa-ichi Morning Market sells lots of stuff including seafood. 輪島朝市Address: 石川県輪島市河井町朝市通り
Website: https://asaichi.info/
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Wajima Asa-ichi Morning Market is held from 8 am to noon, closed on the 2nd Mon. and 4th Wed. of the month. Neither grand nor extraordinary, it is just a small street lined with stalls selling fruits, vegetables, seafood, and crafts.輪島朝市Jun 29, 2020
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Wajima Asa-ichi Morning Market is quite famous in Noto Peninsula. Supposed to tbe one of Japan's Big Three Morning Markets. Originated in Heian Period. 輪島朝市Jun 29, 2020
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Sekinohana 関野鼻Jun 29, 2020
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Sekinohana 関野鼻Jun 29, 2020
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Sekinohana is very scenic where you can walk around on a cliff overlooking the ocean. 関野鼻Jun 29, 2020
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Hatago Iwa wedded rocks "Hatago" is a tool for weaving. 機具岩 (Noto Futami)Jun 29, 2020
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Noto Kongo Coast 能登金剛Jun 29, 2020
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Hatago Iwa wedded rocks are another noted natrual feature on the Noto Kongo Coast. A legend about the Hataori god (機織りの神様) happened here. 機具岩 (Noto Futami)Jun 29, 2020
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Ganmon Gate Rock is the most noted natural formation on the Noto Kongo Coast. 巌門Jun 29, 2020
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Ganmon Gate Rock as seen from a boat cruise. 巌門Jun 29, 2020
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Ganmon Gate Rock is perhaps the most famous sight on the Noto Kongo Coast. From a nearby boat dock, see it by boat. Erosion by waves created this tunnel-like rock measuring 15 meters high, 6 meters wide, and 60 meters long. 巌門Boat cruises for Ganmon Rock costs ¥1,200. Takes only 20 min.
http://www.ganmon.jp/
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Noto Kongo Coast stretches for 29 km, a scenic part of Noto Peninsula. 能登金剛Jun 29, 2020
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In Hakui, Ishikawa, Myojoji Temple's Shaka Nyorai Buddha statue (釈迦如来立像) standing 5 meters high inside Jorokudo (Shakado) Hall. 丈六堂(釈迦堂)Website: http://myojoji-noto.jp/Jun 29, 2020
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In Hakui, Ishikawa, Myojoji Temple's five-story pagoda is a National Important Cultural Property built in 1618. 妙成寺 五重塔Temple address: 石川県羽咋市滝谷町ヨ1Jun 29, 2020
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In Hakui, Ishikawa, Myojoji Temple's five-story pagoda is a National Important Cultural Property built in 1618. 妙成寺 五重塔The temple was founded in 1293 by Nichizō, a second-generation disciple of Nichiren. Some of the temple structures are National Important Cultural Properties. Jun 29, 2020
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The sand grains are about half the size of normal sand, resulting in a very packed and solid sandy surface. Solid enough for vehicles.Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Hakui, Ishikawa.Jun 29, 2020
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Even tour buses can easily drive on the beach. One of the coolest things I ever saw in Japan.Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Hakui, Ishikawa.Jun 29, 2020
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway is Japan's only beach where motor vehicles are permitted to run as a public thoroughfare. It extends for about 8 km.The beach is not pronounced "Senrihama."Jun 29, 2020
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Hakui, Ishikawa is Japan's only beach where motor vehicles are permitted to run as a public thoroughfare. It extends for about 8 km. It goes parallel to another highway inland, so this beach road is more for tourists. Note that this beach may be closed to traffic in bad weather.Jun 29, 2020
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In Anamizu and Nanao Bay, it was common to see these little watchtowers called "bora-machi yagura" or mullet fishing tower (ボラ待ちやぐら). An ancient fishing method to catch mullet.There's a fishing net laid on the bottom of the shallow water. A fisherman sits on the tower and watches for mullet swimming over the fishing net. He then pulls up the net.Jun 29, 2020
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Anamizu Station, a terminal station on the Nanao Line. One of the rail gateways to the Noto Peninsula. 穴水駅Jun 29, 2020
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Held during the Bon season on Aug. 16, toro nagashi is candle-lit paper lanterns floated on the ocean as a Buddhist offering to the spirits of the deceased.Tsuruga holds its mass toro nagashi (6,000 lanterns) on its famous Kehi no Matsubara beach at 6:30 pm, and then shoots off a grand fireworks display. My video of Toro Nagashi and brilliant marine fireworks taken on Aug. 16, 2017.Jun 17, 2020
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Video of Shigaraki Festival.Jun 17, 2020
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JR Kameyama Station platform.May 20, 2020
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JR Kameyama Station platform and tracks.May 20, 2020
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JR Kameyama Station (Kansai Line).May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Castle manhole in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture.May 20, 2020
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Stema locomotive in the Ninomaru area.May 20, 2020
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Masumi Children's Park ますみ児童園May 20, 2020
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Part of the Honmaru castle grounds now occupied by Kameyama Nishi Elementary School.May 20, 2020
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Part of the Honmaru castle grounds now occupied by Kameyama Nishi Elementary School.May 20, 2020
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Pillar foundation stone.May 20, 2020
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Partial stone wall remaining.May 20, 2020
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Ninomaru fringe walls were reconstructed.May 20, 2020
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Ninomaru fringe.May 20, 2020
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About the Ninomaru.May 20, 2020
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About the Ninomaru keep's fringe.May 20, 2020
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Way to Kameyama Castle's three-story turret site. 三重櫓跡May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Shrine is dedicated to samurai Minamoto Yoshiie and many other deities. 亀山神社May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Shrine in Mie. 亀山神社 May 20, 2020
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About the reconstructed stone foundation.May 20, 2020
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About the lodging for Emperor Meiji when he passed through Kameyama in 1880.May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Enbujo 亀山演武場May 20, 2020
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Lodging for Emperor Meiji when he passed through Kameyama in 1880.May 20, 2020
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Emperor Meiji once stayed in this home that was moved here.May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Castle well.May 20, 2020
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Stone wall design under Tamon-yagura turret. May 20, 2020
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History of Kameyama Castle town.May 20, 2020
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Tamon-yagura turret.May 20, 2020
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View from Tamon-yagura turret.May 20, 2020
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Roof of Kameyama Castle's Tamon-yagura turret.May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Castle's Tamon-yagura turret.May 20, 2020
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Steps to Kameyama Castle's Tamon-yagura turret.May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Castle's Tamon-yagura turret is open 10 am to 4 pm, free admission. Unfortunately, I arrived after it closed.May 20, 2020
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Steps to Kameyama Castle's Tamon-yagura turret. It was renovated in 2012. 多聞櫓May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Castle's Tamon-yagura turret. 多聞櫓May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Castle's Tamon-yagura turret. 多聞櫓May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Castle's Tamon-yagura turret in autumn. 多聞櫓May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Castle's Tamon-yagura turret. 多聞櫓May 20, 2020
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Next to the castle is a stone monument marking the birthplace of Iinuma Yokusai (1782–1865), a Japanese botanist and physician. 飯沼慾斎May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Castle's Tamon-yagura turret.May 20, 2020
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About Kameyama Castle originally built in 1265 and last occupied by the Ishikawa Clan.May 20, 2020
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Kameyama Castle's Tamon-yagura turret on a high stone wall. One of the few remnants remaining. Most of the castle was dismantled by the Meiji government in 1873.May 20, 2020
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When you walk from JR Kameyama Station to the castle, you will first see this large athletic field (baseball, etc.) and a stone wall and turret. The field was the Honmaru.May 20, 2020
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During the Edo Period, Kameyama Castle was the Ise-Kameyama Domain headquarters and center of Kameyama-juku lodging town on the Tokaido Road.It still has the Tamon-yagura turret (open to the public), castle walls, and a partially reconstructed Ninomaru keep. Short walk from JR Kameyama Station (JR Kansai Line).May 20, 2020
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Saiku government officials. 斎宮十二司官人May 19, 2020
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JR Tsuge Station connects to the JR Kusatsu Line.May 18, 2020
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Ninja at JR Tsuge Station.May 18, 2020
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JR Seki Station on the Kansai Line. JR関西本線 関駅May 18, 2020
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More latticed walls in Seki-juku.May 18, 2020
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Gochisoba plaza used for greeting VIPs arriving Seki-juku. 御馳走場May 18, 2020
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On left, Kaiunro 開雲楼, former geisha house in Seki-juku. On the right is another former geisha house, Shokakuro 松鶴楼. May 18, 2020
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Kaiunro, former geisha house in Seki-juku. 開雲楼May 18, 2020
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About Oi houseMay 18, 2020
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Hyakugo Bank, Seki Branch 百五銀行 関支店May 18, 2020
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Hyakugo Bank, Seki Branch is a modern building designed in the traditional style. 百五銀行 関支店May 18, 2020
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Aizu-ya inn in front of Jizo-in Temple. 会津屋May 18, 2020
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Inns in front of Jizo-in Temple.May 18, 2020
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Jizo-in Temple's Jizo statue.May 18, 2020
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Jizo-in Temple's Jizo statue.May 18, 2020
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Jizo-in Temple's bell tower is also an Important Cultural Property.May 18, 2020
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Inside Jizo-in Temple, Main Hall.May 18, 2020
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Jizo-in Temple, Main HallMay 18, 2020
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Jizo-in Temple, Main Hall is an Important Cultural Property. 地蔵院May 18, 2020
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Jizo-in Temple, Main Hall is an Important Cultural Property. 地蔵院May 18, 2020
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Jizo-in Temple anchors one end of Seki-juku. It belongs to the Shingon Buddhist Sect, Omuro School. 地蔵院May 18, 2020
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Fukuzoji Temple 福蔵寺May 18, 2020
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Fukuzoji Temple has Koman's grave. 小万の墓 福蔵寺May 18, 2020
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Fukuzoji Temple gate. 福蔵寺May 18, 2020
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Old shop sign adds to the townscape's charm.May 18, 2020
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Antique shop sign.May 18, 2020
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Beauty salon in a traditional building in Seki-juku.May 18, 2020
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About the Seki-juku bulletin board used by officials to give official notices to people in Seki-juku. 高札場May 18, 2020
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Seki-juku bulletin board (replica). 高札場May 18, 2020
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Seki-juku post office (modern).May 18, 2020
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Tamaya inn rear view.May 18, 2020
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Tableware used by Tamaya when it was an inn.May 18, 2020
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Ceiling of the kura storehouse.May 18, 2020
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Top floor of the kura storehouse.May 18, 2020
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Mie and Shiga sections of the Tokaido Road.May 18, 2020
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Inside the kura storehouse, exhibits of woodblock prints of the Tokaido Road.May 18, 2020
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Tamaya inn also has this storehouse for more exhibits centering on Hiroshige's woodblock prints of the Tokaido Road.May 18, 2020
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This might be the maid's room.May 18, 2020
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PillowMay 18, 2020
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Guest room on the 2nd floor of Tamaya inn.May 18, 2020
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Guest room on the 2nd floor of Tamaya, a high-class inn.May 18, 2020
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Dining room on the 2nd floor of Tamaya inn.May 18, 2020
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Dining room on the 2nd floor of Tamaya inn.May 18, 2020
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Tamaya inn Guest roomMay 18, 2020
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Tamaya tokonoma alcove.May 18, 2020
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Tamaya courtyard.May 18, 2020
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Tamaya has many rooms with exhibits.May 18, 2020
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Kitchen roof was high to dilute the smoke.May 18, 2020
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Sake flasks and delivery box.May 18, 2020
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Tamaya kitchenMay 18, 2020
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Tamaya kitchen stove.May 18, 2020
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Tamaya kitchen stove.May 18, 2020
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Tamaya kitchen stove.May 18, 2020
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