JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


Most viewed - Nihonmatsu 二本松市
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Nihonmatsu Castle, also popularly called Kasumigajo Castle, is on a low hill amid the flat plains of central Nihonmatsu, Fukushima. It is one of Japan's 100 Famous Castles as well as one of Japan's 100 Famous Cherry Blossom Sites.241 views
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Sannomaru keep. 三の丸跡207 views
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Cherry blossom petals fall in the wind.166 views
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About the Poetry monument for Takamura Chieko. 高村 智恵子163 views
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Poetry monument for poet Takamura Chieko (1886-1938). 高村 智恵子162 views
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JR Nihonmatsu Station148 views
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The steps lead to Minowa Gate. 箕輪門139 views
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Panorama of Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.122 views
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Minowa Gate was reconstructed in Aug. 1982 at a cost of 200 million yen. 箕輪門121 views
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Sample rock foundation unearthed from the Niwa clan's residence.121 views
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.119 views
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Marvelous views of cherry blossoms from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.118 views
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Weeping cherry tree and Nihonmatsu Castle's Minowa Gate.115 views
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai100 views
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Statue of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War, in front of Nihonmatsu Station, Fukushima.100 views
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Nihonmatsu manhole, Fukushima Pref.100 views
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Statue of the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps at Nihonmatsu Castle, Fukushima.99 views
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Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps at Nihonmatsu Castle, Fukushima. They were age 12 to 17 who fought and died in the Boshin War.97 views
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Nihonmatsu manhole, Fukushima Pref.97 views
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Sannomaru has these fantastic-looking pine trees and cherry trees.92 views
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Sannomaru has these fantastic-looking pine trees and cherry trees.89 views
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Many cherry trees in front of the Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai.87 views
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai83 views
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.62 views
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During the Edo Period, Nihonmatsu Castle was the residence of the Niwa clan who ruled Nihonmatsu. Approaching Kasumigajo Castle main entrance.61 views
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Aioi Waterfall is a small waterfall flowing into a pond. Built in 1934 using the natural terrain.61 views
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.61 views
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Karamete-mon Gate60 views
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Soseki foundation rock in front of Nihonmatsu History Museum 二本松市歴史資料館60 views
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The Sannomaru area is fringed with cherry blossoms.59 views
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About Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.59 views
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Way up to the Honmaru.59 views
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Stone foundation of the central tower or donjon.59 views
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Nihonmatsu History Museum 二本松市歴史資料館59 views
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Near the main castle entrance is a statue of the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War. 58 views
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Statue of Nihonmatsu native Yamada Osamu (1841-1921) who built Japan's first mechanized, private-sector silk milling factory on the castle grounds in 1873. 山田脩の銅像58 views
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.57 views
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Stone foundation of the central tower or donjon.57 views
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Site of Nihonmatsu Castle's Otemon Gate.57 views
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Nihonmatsu Castle is a National Historic Site. The castle is part of Kasumigajo Park.56 views
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Statue of poet Takamura Chieko (1886-1938). 高村 智恵子56 views
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Map of Kasumigajo Park.56 views
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.55 views
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.55 views
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Nihonmatsu History Museum 二本松市歴史資料館55 views
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Although it lacks a central tower or donjon, Nihonmatsu Castle features impressive stone walls and gate (reconstructed), not to mention many cherry tees and pine trees.54 views
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Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. 日影の井戸53 views
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So I took my chances and quickly went up the stairs. Yes, there were signs of a mud slide. I had come all the way here from Tokyo.53 views
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Going to the top of the Honmaru stone foundation.53 views
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The city of Nihonmatsu as seen from Nihonmatsu Castle.53 views
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Scenery guide on the stone foundation of Nihonmatsu Castle's central tower or donjon.53 views
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.53 views
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About the Monument.53 views
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Since the Honmaru central keep is on a hilltop, it affords great views of the city. Only a short hike to the top. Pine trees and castle wall.52 views
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About Minowa Gate's Akamatsu pine trees.52 views
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Path covered with wood chips. No smoking here.52 views
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Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. It is 16 meters deep. 日影の井戸52 views
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Karamete-mon Gate52 views
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About the marker for the Kasumigajo Castle built in 1953.52 views
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View of the mountains.52 views
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Marvelous views of cherry blossoms from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.52 views
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An "X" mark is the family crest of the Niwa Clan.51 views
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Steps going up to the top Honmaru keep, but it was roped off since it was deemed hazardous due to rock slides. There was no such warning before you climb up here.51 views
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Hilltop Honmaru stone foundation.51 views
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Marvelous views from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.51 views
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Behind Minowa Gate. 箕輪門50 views
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Steps on Minowa Gate. We cannot enter inside the gate. 箕輪門50 views
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About Yamada Osamu. He even went to New York to sell his silk in 1877.50 views
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Stone marker indicating that Emperor Meiji came here.50 views
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Tea ceremony house named Senshintei. 洗心亭50 views
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Part of the path is covered with wood chips.50 views
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About Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. 日影の井戸50 views
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About Karamete-mon Gate.50 views
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From Karamete-mon Gate are these steps going to the hilltop Honmaru. This was also closed off to visitors due to mudslide.50 views
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Finally at the Honmaru.50 views
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Marker for the Kasumigajo Castle built in 1953.50 views
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Large akamatsu pine trees next to Minowa Gate in Nihonmatsu Castle.49 views
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Sannomaru has these fantastic-looking pine trees and cherry trees.49 views
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Small shrine in front of Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. 日影の井戸49 views
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View from atop Karamete-mon Gate.49 views
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Steps going to the Honmaru. I noticed that people still were going up to the Honmaru.49 views
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JR Nihonmatsu Station.49 views
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Marker for Nihonmatsu Castle.48 views
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About Minowa Gate. 箕輪門48 views
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About Aioi Waterfall.48 views
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Sannomaru48 views
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From Sannomaru, there is a hiking trail going up the hill.48 views
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Karamete-mon Gate48 views
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JR Nihonmatsu Station48 views
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Small modern museum next to Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. Exhibits art works by her and her husband Takamura Kotaro.48 views
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Dairinji temple is the temple for the Niwa Clan who lived in Nihonmatsu Castle. 大隣寺48 views
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Graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai at Dairinji temple.48 views
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Nihonmatsu is proud of its lantern float festival in autumn.48 views
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Main entrance to Nihonmatsu Castle.47 views
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The original Minowa Gate burned down during the Boshin War (1868-69). It got its name from Minowa village near the castle where they procured the large logs for the gate. 箕輪門47 views
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Minowa Gate. 箕輪門47 views
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Behind Minowa Gate. 箕輪門47 views
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Cherry blossoms in Sannomaru keep. 三の丸跡47 views
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Greenery area midway up to the top.47 views
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JR Nihonmatsu Station has a castle design and statue of a teenage samurai.47 views
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Inside poet Takamura Chieko's birth home.47 views
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After visiting this home, I went to Nihonmatsu Castle (photos here).47 views
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Graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai at Dairinji temple.47 views
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Shuttle bus47 views
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Nihonmatsu Shrine is near Nihonmatsu Station.47 views
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About the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps at Nihonmatsu Castle.46 views
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In front of JR Nihonmatsu Station is a bus stop.46 views
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Japanese garden at poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子46 views
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About Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子46 views
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Dairinji temple 大隣寺46 views
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About Dairinji temple.46 views
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Dairinji temple's weeping cherry tree.46 views
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Dairinji temple's weeping cherry tree.46 views
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Markers for a Famous Cherry Blossom Site.45 views
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Sannomaru45 views
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JR Nihonmatsu Station platform.45 views
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On April weekends and national holidays during cherry blossom season, a convenient shuttle bus runs from Nihonmatsu Station and goes to the major sights. 500 yen for all day pass.45 views
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First I got off to see poet Takamura Chieko's birth home.45 views
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Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子45 views
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Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home.45 views
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Samisen played by Chieko.45 views
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After Nihonmatsu Castle, I got off the bus at Dairinji temple, noted for a weeping cherry tree and the graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai.45 views
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Dairinji Hondo Hall.45 views
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Dairinji temple.45 views
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Kannon statue45 views
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About Nihonmatsu Shrine.45 views
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Nihonmatsu Shrine45 views
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Nihonmatsu Shrine45 views
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JR Nihonmatsu Station platform.44 views
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Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子44 views
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Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子44 views
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Signature under the samisen.44 views
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Dairinji temple's weeping cherry tree.44 views
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Map of Dairinji temple.44 views
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Dairinji temple.44 views
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Graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai at Dairinji temple.44 views
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Dairinji temple's weeping cherry tree.43 views
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About the Graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai at Dairinji temple.43 views
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Nihonmatsu Kanko (Tourist) Center across the street from Dairinji temple is a gift shop, restaurant, and tourist office.43 views
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Nihonmatsu Kanko (Tourist) Center has statues of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai.43 views
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