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Hanshin Koshien Stadium

This is a baseball stadium located in Nishinomiya city.When the professional baseball season begins, a baseball game hosted by Hanshin Tigers is held at the stadium.Hanshin Tigers is particularly popular in Osaka area.Recently, the stadium is always full and it is difficult to buy a ticket for their baseball game.However, if there is a chance please come and visit the stadium!It will be very inter...

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Shukugawa

Shukugawa is a river that flows in the southwestern part of Nishinomiya City, the source of water is in the east of the Rokko Mountains.Shukugawa Park is situated for about 4 km in length,and pine trees and cherry trees are planted along the river.Those make one of the most scenic spots in Hanshin area.In early May, many people come to see carp streamers (koinobori) bridged over the river.It is lo...

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Nishinomiya Shirine

This shrine is famous for business prosperity because it enshrines Ebisu san (Japanese god of fishermen and luck).And, it is the head shrine of the Ebisu sect of Shinto.During the period between 9th and 11th January, Ebisu festival is held, where more than 1 million people visit the shrine.Also, on 10th January every year a short-distance race is held to decide "Fuku-otoko"(Lucky men).After soundi...

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Mondo Yakujin

This Koya-san Shingon sect temple is a very famous especially for "yakuyoke", located in Nishinomiya city, 10 minutes by walk from "Mondo Yakujin" station of Hankyu Railway.Many of those born in the year "yakudoshi"(an unlucky [a bad] year) visit shrines and temples that are familiar with "yakuyoke" in order to get "Oharai". "Oharai "is a purification ceremony held to protect you from various misf...

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Nagai Park

It is one of Osaka's genaral park located in the southern part of Osaka city.There are an athletics stadium used for FIFA World Cup 2002, a botanical garden, a swimming pool etc..Around the park many shops such as cafe, restaurant, bar etc. are available.It takes 5 minutes on foot from Nagai Station of Osaka Municipal Subway Midosuji Line....

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Tsuyu no Ten Shrine

This shrine is located in Sonezaki (a region name in the center of Osaka city), was built about 1300 years ago.The another name of the shrine is referred to as "Ohatsu Tenjin" since the name "Ohatsu" is derived from the heroine's name of the traditional Japanese puppet theatre "The Love Suicides at Sonezaki (Sonezaki Shinju) " , the stage of which was set in this shrine.Sonezaki Shinju was written...

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Shin-Yokaichi Station

The photos attached are the building of Shin-Yokaichi station of Ohmi Railway Yokkaichi Line, located in Higashiomi City, Shiga Prefecture.Along with Toriimoto station, this station has a very retro atmosphere.Unfortunately the time when I visited the station was an evening in autumn, so the photos taken at the time might not show you how attractive the station building is.Someday I will visit thi...

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Taga Taisha

Taga Taisha is one of the famous shrines in Shiga prefecture, and it is said that the founding was over 1,300 years ago.It has attracted many visitors who wish for marriage and longevity as enshrining the deities of those. In the shrine there is a steep slope bridge named Taikou-bashi.It is also said that your wish will come true after crossing the bridge.You can access the shrine by a 10-minute w...

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Oyunohara

Oyunohara is the place where Kumano Hongu Taisha was originally existed.The most impressive point is its torii (gateway of shrine), the biggest one in Japan (height 33.9 m, width 42 m) .The forest in the site and the surrounding fields have a spiritual atmosphere as same as Kumano Hongu Taisha.The distance between Oyunohara and Kumano Hongu Taisha is short , so please do not miss to visit the site...

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Kumano Hongu Taisha

You will arrive at this shrine in about 2 hours by bus from Kii Tanabe station.This shrine is one of three major shrines named "Kumano Sanzan" (the other shrines are Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha), all of which are designated as a world heritage site.The year of the founding is quite old, it is said to be around 33 B.C.The symbol of the above mentioned three shrines is "Yatagarasu...

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