Kyoto has a history spanning 1200 years.
Since time immemorial, it has nurtured a mesmerizing breadth and depth of tradition and culture.
To touch upon the heart and soul of Kyoto, it is best to immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyle.
We suggest a leisurely stay in a machiya townhouse, the dwellings built many years ago for the common townspeople, in order to explore and appreciate the hidden charm of the city.
It will unlock the door to a realm of travel.
--------- JQR No.16 (2012 Oct)
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Annual Parade of the Giant
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Asahara Shrine Annual Autumn
The massive 420kg “yonshakudama” of Katakai, renowned as the world's largest fireworks, carry the hopes of local residents in a spectacular legacy of the Edo period.
--------- JQR No.24 (2015 Aug)
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A Clash to Commemorate the Lost (August 7)
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Restaurant in a hotel,or hotel in a restaurant?
Takashimaya - Registered Tangible Cultural Property Echigo Iwamuro Spa
This inn at the Echigo Iwamuro spa elicits feelings of nostalgia even on the first visit.
Takashimaya offers kaiseki banquet cuisine made from local ingredients and unpretentious, unobtrusive hospitality in an historic building.
Time spent in soul-soothing lodgings like these has to be an indulgence of the highest order.
--------- JQR No.22 (2014 Aug)
Q : Where can I stay to best take in A the natural grandeur of Hokkaido?
A : For what you want to do,Hinanoza Highway bus Kushiro
--------- JQR No.04 (2011 Aug)
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Art and Agriculture Share the Stage (June 14)
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Bon-Odori dancing is a seasonal staple of summer throughout the Japanese archipelago, and among the numerous Bon-Odori festivals held around the country, the Owara Kaze- no-Bon stands out as an unmissable once-in-a-lifetime event for everyone.
--------- JQR No.23 (2015 Jul)
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Folk Entertainment in the Mountains (May 5)
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Q : I dream of staying at a fancy ryokan. Where would you suggest for my first visit to one?
A : You need not worry at the popular Asaba.
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We Love ASAKUSA
Asakusa is just like a toybox, with entertainment quarters surrounding the temple that it grew up around.
Simply walking the streets there is so much fun. Let’s go and have a look!
--------- JQR No.07 (2011 Nov)
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Rice-forcing Festival is an unusual ordeal in Nikko (April 2)
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Q : I’m looking for somewhere to revitalize myself both physically and mentally...
A : I recommend the Nikko Kanaya Hotel
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Yoshino, Koya and Kumano
In 2004 Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range became a listed World Heritage Site.
For pilgrimage routes anywhere to be accorded World Heritage status is most unusual.
Long ago this vast mountain range, which straddles the three prefectures of Nara, Wakayama and Mie, became the setting for religious mountain ascetic practices.
Eventually three sacred sites with different origins and religious significance emerged, along with the pilgrimage routes that connected them.
This area has long had an enormous influence on the development of Japanese religion and culture.
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In Memory of Gansan Daishi (March 3, 4)
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Q : We’d like to stay at a traditional Japanese inn with a strong feel of history...
A : I recommend the Bansuiro Fukuzumi.
--------- JQR No.01 (2011 May)
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Calling spring into a mountain village (Feb 11)
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