JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Ritto 栗東市
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Symbol of Ritto and Ritto Station239 views
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Entrance road to JRA (Japan Racing Association) Ritto Training Center. MAP167 views
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Hi horsey!130 views
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Free gift given at the end of the tour: Pen, stapler, and ruler set. Very interesting tour even though you don't see any horses running on the track. (That's Wednesday's early morning tour.)122 views
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Staff living quarters114 views
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Map of Ritto Training Center. Horse stables dominate the area.109 views
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Practice horse track at JRA Ritto Training Center in Ritto.109 views
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Ritto Station. MAP108 views
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Inside Ritto Station and sign celebrating the decision to build a shinkansen station in Ritto. Celebration has been muted after the new governor was elected in July 2006.106 views
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Water fountain in front of Ritto Station99 views
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Recycling truck97 views
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Kachidoki (Victory) Bridge with race horse motif.97 views
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Site of Okamura Castle 岡村城跡96 views
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Uphill training course with wood chips. 坂路調教馬場94 views
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The training track consists of several different tracks with grass, dirt, or wood chips.93 views
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Horse stables, newly constructed.93 views
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Tumulus No. 5 with a reconstructed chamber made of stone in Ritto.92 views
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Horse stable model91 views
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Mt. Anyoji from afar looks like a tumulus.90 views
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Recycling truck89 views
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Wada Tumuli is the group of nine small tumuli in Ritto. 和田古墳群 MAP88 views
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Starting gates. The left gate has the largest width for beginner horses until they can get used to the narrow gates on the right. Some horses refuse to leave the gate.87 views
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Unusual horse with a white face.87 views
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Horse stables.87 views
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Unloaded a horse after a race. Horse trucks often arrived. One truck usually holds up to four horses.86 views
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Horse stables.86 views
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Ritto History Museum, accessible by bus from Kusatsu Station. 栗東歴史民俗博物館 MAP86 views
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What the horse sees inside the narrow starting gate.85 views
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Nice view of uphill training course. The wood chips, which eventually wear out, are replaced once a year.85 views
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The left profile is brown.85 views
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Starting gate training ground.84 views
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Practice track84 views
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Uphill training course with observation building. The wood chips are soft, making the horse less prone to injury.83 views
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Horses in stable.81 views
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Ritto Archaeological Center right next to the Wada Tumuli. 栗東市出土文化財センター81 views
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Power line tower on Mt. Anyoji81 views
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This one is named Meisho Ittetsu. メイショウ イッテツ80 views
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No need to say giddy-up.79 views
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Horse stables.78 views
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24-hour strict security in place. Since 1969, the government-run Japan Racing Association (JRA) has trained jockeys and race horses in Ritto. It offers free tours of this large, impressive facility on Sunday afternoons and early Wednesday mornings.77 views
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Site of the proposed shinkansen station in Ritto. Not exacttly convenient.76 views
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Swimming pool for horses. There is a circular pool and straight and narrow pools.76 views
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Inside the observation building's press room.75 views
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Washing a horse with warrm water.72 views
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Welcome to the JRA office, where the free 90 min. (1 pm - 2:30 pm) tour starts. (Reservations by phone required.)71 views
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Horse feed, mainly grain. No meats.71 views
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Horse ride.71 views
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Horse stables.71 views
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Bridge sidewalk.70 views
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The tumuli in Ritto are estimated to have been built during the 6th to 7th centuries.68 views
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地山古墳68 views
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View of track from press room.67 views
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Kachidoki Bridge66 views
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View from Mt. Anyoji 安養寺山66 views
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Dedicated to Susano-O no Mikoto, Daiho Shrine is a short walk from JR Ritto Station. Main torii. MAP64 views
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Side torii64 views
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How jewelry was worn.64 views
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Nature trail into bamboo forest.63 views
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View from Mt. Anyoji in Ritto.63 views
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Hoof marks on sand.61 views
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In front of Tehara Station.61 views
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Starting gate on training track.60 views
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Tehara Station on the JR Kustatsu Line. 手原駅 MAP60 views
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Tumulus No. 5 with a reconstructed chamber made of stone.59 views
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Path to shrine58 views
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Horse ride with a guide guiding the horse.58 views
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Workers restore unearthed artifacts.58 views
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Kuri-chan bus in front of Tehara Station.58 views
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Gate57 views
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Bus stop in front of city hall with the timetable torn off.57 views
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Ritto City Hall. MAP57 views
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View of Ritto from Mt. Anyoji.56 views
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Another Kuri-chan bus.56 views
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The tour includes a ride on a retired race horse.55 views
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Sign in front of Ritto City Hall55 views
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Another broken sign.54 views
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Path back to Ritto Station53 views
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Tumulus No. 5 with a reconstructed chamber made of stone (looking out).52 views
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Tumulus No. 552 views
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Statue for crossing the street safely.52 views
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Main shrine49 views
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Tumulus No. 5 with a reconstructed chamber made of stone.49 views
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Tumulus No. 5 with a reconstructed chamber made of stone.49 views
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Ritto manhhole49 views
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Tumulus No. 1 at the top of the slope.48 views
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Beads47 views
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Many items found in and around the tumuli.46 views
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View Hira mountains from Mt. Anyoji.45 views
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Sumo ring within shrine grounds44 views
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View of Ritto from Mt. Anyoji. Marvelous view if it weren't for the trees...44 views
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Small shrine44 views
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Mt. Anyoji trail sign totally illegible. No map on the mountain to tell you where ypu are either.43 views
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Main shrine41 views
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View from Mt. Anyoji.41 views
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Inside the Ritto Archaeological Center. 栗東市出土文化財センター40 views
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Earrings40 views
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Ritto History Museum, stone buddha replica. 栗東歴史民俗博物館39 views
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Inside the Ritto Archaeological Center. 栗東市出土文化財センター36 views
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Ritto History Museum 栗東歴史民俗博物館36 views
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Ritto History Museum's minka home on display.36 views
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Ritto History Museum's minka home on display.35 views
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Display of different rocks.35 views
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Most of the tumuli are just dirt mounds with no chamber opened for inspection.34 views
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Nature trail34 views
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Ritto History Museum's minka home on display.33 views
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Nature Center, also serves as a birdwatching station and nature classroom (mainly for kids).32 views
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Nature trail32 views
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The archeological museum and tumuli on right, at the foot of My. Anyoji.31 views
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Ritto History Museum 栗東歴史民俗博物館31 views
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Ritto History Museum 栗東歴史民俗博物館31 views
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Entrance to Ritto Nature Observation Forest. 栗東自然観察の森 MAP31 views
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Stuffed boar.31 views
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Reading room.29 views
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Ritto History Museum's buddha statues 栗東歴史民俗博物館28 views
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Inside Nature Center. Many nature exhibits.28 views
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