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Japan Tours: Tokyo’s ‘Must See’ Landmarks (Video)

Tokyo is a city of neighborhoods and Paul Tierney from Walk Japan is here to take you to some of the must-see landmarks like famous temples, shrines, restaurants, and small local areas that allow you to get the sights, sounds, and flavors of Tokyo.

Video timeline: 00:00 Introduction 00:26 Nihonbashi 01:26 Kanda Shrine 02:22 Akihabara 03:27 Sentō (Public Bathhouse) 04:08 Yanaka Ginza 04:56 Sensō-ji 07:07 Ameyoko 08:10 Niku no Oyama

Art: ‘Hokusai. Thirty-Six Views Of Mount Fuji’

Mount Fuji has long been a centerpiece of Japanese cultural imagination, and nothing captures this with more virtuosity than the landmark woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849).

The renowned printmaker documents 19th-century Japan with exceptional artistry and adoration, celebrating its countryside, cities, people, and serene natural beauty. Produced at the peak of Hokusai’s artistic ambition, the series is a quintessential work of ukiyo-e that earned the artist world-wide recognition as a leading master of his craft.

The prints illustrate Hokusai’s own obsession with Mount Fuji as well as the flourishing domestic tourism of the late Edo period. Just as the mountain was a cherished view for travelers heading to the capital Edo (now Tokyo) along the Tōkaidō road, Mount Fuji is the infallible backdrop to each of the series’ unique scenes. Hokusai captures the distinctive landscape and provincial charm of each setting with a vivid palette and exquisite detail. Including the iconic Under the Great Wave off Kanagawa (also The Great Wave), this widely celebrated series is a treasure of international art history.

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8K Views: Otobe, Island Of Hokkaido, Japan (Video)

Otobe is a town located in the southwest of Hokkaido with a population of approximately 3,500. Otobe is rich in nature and has magnificent landscape such as Tate-no-Misaki, (chalk-white cliff known as the “Grand Canyon of the East) and Shirafura Coast (meaning white slope land in Ainu Language)SHOW LESS

Culture & Photography: ‘Japan – 1900’ (Taschen)

1868 saw Japan open its doors to the outside world, putting an end to more than 200 years of national seclusion and heralding a new era that brought the country firmly into the modern age. 

Curating some of the first photographic images of the country, Sabine Arqué and Sebastian Dobson unveil an epic panorama of 1900s Japan, guiding us from Beppu’s hot springs to bustling Osaka, from the historic capitals of Nara and Kyoto to their modern successor, Tokyo.

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Walks: The White Birch Forest & Shirakoma Pond in Nagano, Japan (4K Video)

The Yachiho Plateau extends to the eastern foot of Mt. Northern Yatsugatake. On this vast Yachiho Plateau, 500,000 birch forests are vegetated on a site of about 200 ha. The forest is called the best birch forest in the Orient. At the top of the Yachiho Plateau is Shirakoma Pond, the largest lake in Japan, where moss and native forest are mysterious. The pond has a circumference of 1.35 kilometers and is located in the highlands at an altitude of 2,000 meters.

Video timeline: 00:00 タイトル(Title) 00:18 八千穂高原自然園(Yachiho Kogen Nature Park) 09:09 白樺群生林(The White Birch Forest) 17:37 白駒池と苔の森(Shirakoma Pond and Moss Forest)

Garden Walks: Kamakura Hydrangea Temple, Japan

Kamakura is one of the most popular day trip destinations for both Tokyoites and tourists, uniting the beauty of nature with the majesty of history. It’s a stunning place to explore no matter the time of year, but Japan’s rainy season clads the ancient city in a breathtaking dress of blossoming hydrangea flowers. The elegant flowers can be admired at various sites, including the famous Hase-dera Temple. However, there’s only one place so stunning, it earned the nickname “hydrangea temple:” Meigetsu-in. Come with us on a journey to a world full of petals, raindrops, and little discoveries.

Views: The Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine – Japan (5K)

Daimonzaka is a slope located in Nachikatsuura Town, Wakayama Prefecture, and is the approach to Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine. The course from Daimonzaka to Nachi Taisha is easy to walk and easily accessible from the station, and is popular with tourists visiting Nachikatsuura.

00:00 タイトル(Title) 00:13 大門坂(Daimonzaka Slope) 02:06 夫婦杉(Meoto-Sugi 800-year-old Husband and Wife cedar trees) 02:45 熊野古道(Kumano Kodo) 05:25 那智の滝周辺(Around Nachi Falls) 05:51 那智の滝(Nachi Falls) 07:49 石畳の古道(Cobblestone old road) 09:03 三重塔(Three-storied pagoda) 09:30 青岸渡寺(Seigantoji Temple) 10:44 那智大社参道(The approach to Nachi Taisha Shrine) 11:58 那智大社(Nachi Taisha Shrine)

River Walks: Kamikochi Valley, Central Japan (4K)

Kamikōchi is a remote mountainous highland valley within the Hida Mountains range, in the western region of Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It has been preserved in its natural state within Chūbu-Sangaku National Park.

Date taken: June 9, 2021

Video timeline: 0:00 Azusa River 5:19 Kappa Bridge (Kappabashi) 11:47 Taisho Pond 19:44 Tashiro Pond