JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Obama Sights
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To Obama via JR Obama Line (Tsuruga Station).399 views
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Obama Castle stone foundation for the main castle tower. No structure remain. No moats remain either, except for the two rivers which served as a natural moat.202 views
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Saba-zushi or rice topped with mackerel, a local specialty in Obama, Fukui.196 views
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Minamigawa River178 views
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Statue of Sugita Genpaku as a child, in front of the public hospital. 杉田 玄白171 views
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Statue of Sugita Genpaku, a Dutch studies scholar who studied medicine. He was from Obama. 杉田 玄白168 views
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Obama beach, fit for swimming in summer.112 views
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Obama Castle remains. Only the stone foundation and a few stone walls remain. Obama Castle was built by Kyogoku Takatsugu in 1601 after he was awarded the Wakasa domain for his service during the Battle of Sekigahara.104 views
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Obama beach104 views
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Sushi restaurant in Wakasa Fisherman's Wharf. Buy sushi and eat it there with free miso soup and tea.103 views
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JR Obama Station101 views
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Pure and clean water well101 views
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Statue outside Obama City Hall.101 views
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Obama coast99 views
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Along the Obama waterfront is this Mermaid Terrace.96 views
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Statue of Lord Sakai Tadakatsu outside Obama City Hall. Tadakatsu also served as Tairo, of Chief Minister in the Tokugawa government during 1638 to 1656.95 views
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JR Obama Line94 views
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Inside Obama City Hall.94 views
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Obama waterfront92 views
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Izumi-cho shopping arcade was also the starting point of the Saba Kaido road to Kyoto. During the Edo Period, this road was used by saba (mackerel fish) merchants traveling to sell their fish. The road was actually a network of roads. 92 views
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JR Obama Station entrance91 views
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Mermaid Terrace.91 views
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Layout of the original Obama Castle sandwiched between two rivers.90 views
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Mermaid Terrace90 views
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Wing Terrace89 views
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Right near the exit of Obama Station is the tourist information office where you can obtain maps, pamphlets, and ask questions.88 views
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Obama Castle stone foundation for the main castle tower. After the Kyogoku Clan moved to Izumo (Shimane Pref.), Sakai Tadakatsu took up residence in 1634 and his clan lived in the castle until the Meiji Restoration.88 views
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Obama Castle stone foundation for the main castle tower. Lord Sakai Tadakatsu built the main castle tower in 1636. 小浜城跡88 views
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Inside Izumi-cho shopping arcade where they sell mostly seafood.88 views
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Mermaid on mailbox87 views
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On top of Obama Castle stone foundation for the main castle tower.86 views
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Obama coast86 views
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JR Obama Station exit85 views
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JR Obama Station and taxis.85 views
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Main drag (Ote-dori) from Obama Station. 大手通り85 views
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Near the water is Wakasa Fisherman's Wharf, housing restaurants, souvenir shops, and a tour boat ticket office.85 views
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Boat cruise to Sotomo Rocks on the nearby coast.85 views
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Inside the Saba Kaido Museum.84 views
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Train schedule for Obama Station. Very few train runs, about once an hour or less.83 views
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Private homes are built right up to the castle wall.83 views
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Entrance to Izumi-cho shopping arcade.83 views
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View from Obama Castle stone foundation for the main castle tower.80 views
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Main drag (Hamakaze-dori) from Obama Station79 views
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Road leading to the hilltop Obama Park where the youth hostel used to be.79 views
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Izumi-cho also has a small museum for the Saba Kaido seen on the right.79 views
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JR Obama Station platform78 views
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Sign urging the construction of a train line to Obama via Shiga Prefecture.78 views
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Whoever owned the castle land apparently sold off some house lots.78 views
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Obama 77 views
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Saba Kaido Museum. You can see what the mackerel merchants wore when traveling.77 views
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Welcome to Obama76 views
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The castle suffers from unsightly parking lots and private homes encroaching on its historic remains. 76 views
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Obama Castle's foundation for a turret.76 views
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Lookout deck in Obama Park.76 views
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Obama City Hall76 views
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Obama Castle wall75 views
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The castle grounds now has Obama Jinja Shrine, a Shinto shrine.75 views
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On top of castle wall.74 views
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View from Obama Park.74 views
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Starting point of the Saba Kaido road. 鯖街道74 views
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Saba Kaido Museum displays accounting books for selling saba mackerel fish.73 views
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Lookout deck in Obama Park. This was where the Chimuras were abducted by North Korea in 1978. Obama was one of the main places North Korean agents used to enter Japan.72 views
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JR Obama Station71 views
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