Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Kawachi Fuji Garden

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  • 150 Wisteria plants climbing a trellis in the shape of a colorful tunnel

 

Hitachi Seaside Park

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  • Pubic park featuring blooming flowers year round
  • Known for its 4.5 million baby blue-eyes flowers in spring
  • Contains a million daffodils

 

Hōryū-ji

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  • Buddhist temple that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples
  • Completed in 607
  • One of the oldest wooden buildings in the world
  • In 2001, study of the central wooden column concluded the building to be a century older than previously thought
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Fushimi Inari-taisha

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  • Shrine dedicated to the god Inari, god of rice but traditionally worshipped as the patron of business
  • #23 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Includes trails up a mountain which takes 2 hours to walk
  • Founded in 711

 

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

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  • Ruins of a hall that serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945
  • 70,000 people were killed instantly, 70,000 had fatal injuries from radiation

 

Himeji Castle

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  • Hilltop castle and finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture
  • Comprises 83 buildings with advanced defense from the feudal period
  • Built in 1333 and started as a fort
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Itsukushima Shrine

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  • Shinto shrine on an island best known for its seemingly floating gate
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama

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  • Three historic mountain villages in a remote region
  • The area typically gets considerable snowfall and clusters of farmhouses are designed to easily shed snow from their roofs
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Dōtonbori

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  • Historically a theater district, now a nightlife and entertainment area
  • Characterized by large illuminated signboards

 

Kinkaku-ji

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  • Zen Buddhist temple built in 1397
  • In 1950, a 22 year old novice monk attempted suicide behind the building and burned down the pavilion
  • He survived and was sentenced to 7 years in prison but was released due to mental illnesses persecution complex and schizophrenia
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Kiyomizu-dera

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  • Buddhist temple completed in 778
  • Remarkable for having not used a single nail in the entire structure

 

Myoko Snowsports

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  • Provides English ski and snowboard lesson programs, equipment rentals, and photography services

 

Okunoin Temple

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  • Mausoleum and the largest cemetery in Japan with 200,000 tombstones
  • The legend is that Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism, instead of dying, rests in the mausoleum resting in eternal meditation
  • Popular pilgrimage spot including prominent monks and feudal lords

 


 

Costs

all flights $1,613

food $23/day x 16 days = $368

hotel $46/day x 14 days = $644

tickets (all attractions) $301

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,926