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Ashiya Beer

The photo attached is Ashiya Beer (330 ml per bottle), developed by a local brewery using clear water intaken at the upstream of Ashiya River.This product was launched in 2017 and sold mainly at liquor stores in Ashiya city.The taste is fruity and refreshing. Please taste it when you visit Ashiya!...

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Himeji Castle

In early April 2018 I went to Himeji Castle by trains (Hanshin Electric Railway / Sanyo Electric Railway).I have visited Himeji Castle at least 5 times since childhood, but it was the first time since the major restration (2009 - 2015) was completed.The building becomes very white more than before, which is really worthy of being referred as a "white heron". I enjoyed the splendor of the castle fr...

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Express Bus "Port Lake"

For seeking transportation between Izumo and Kobe, if you do not use a train, an express bus is availlable.The journey time is around 5 hours and it costs about 5000 yen. It is very convenient and reasonable, also of course no need to transfer.The attached picture taken at Izumoshi station is an express bus called "Port Lake", operated by Chugoku JR Bus Company....

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Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

It is a facility opened adjacent to Izumo Taisha in 2007.Here you can learn about the history of Izumo and the history of Shimane prefecture.It could be a good experience for you to visit here and deepen your knowledge of the history of this area after visiting Izumo Taisha!...

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Izumoshi / Dentetsu Izumoshi Station

Izumoshi or Dentetsu Izumoshi station is a station of JR West and Ichibata Electric Railway, located in Shimane prefecture, and is the nearest station to access to Izumo Taisha, one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan.The entrance of JR West Izumoshi station is made to imitate a roof of the Izumo Taisha.After completing check-in in a hotel near the station, I went to a sushi restaurant and a bat...

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Sapporo Dome

Before leaving Hokkaido on 27th July 2017, I went to see Sapporo dome.Sapporo Dome is a multipurpose facility, the home ground of Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters(professional baseball team) and Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo (professional football team).Any game or event were not held during the period of my trip, but I wanted to see what it is like. As it was early morning on weekdays, just some childre...

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New Chitose Airport

New Chitose Airport is Hokkaido's main gateway.A rapid train (Rapid airport) is convenient to access to Sapporo from this airport (It takes approx. 35 minutes, the fare is 1,070 yen (approx. $9/€8)).Flight routes between Chitose and almost all of the other Japan's regional cities are available, and there are many direct flights from China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.As for visiter...

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Susukino

Susukino is a nightlife district in Sapporo, a famous place nationwide.There are various kinds of food shops such as barbecue restaurant, drinking bar, ramen shop etc.I went to "Ramen Yokocho", which is a ramen shop area, and ate a miso-tasted ramen at one of the ramen shops ("miso" is fermented soybean paste).Also, I tried "Genghis Khan"(sheep meat and vegetable baked on a frying pan. the name is...

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Sapporo Municipal Subway

I used the subway for access to Hokkaido Jingu and Sapporo Dome.Please get off at Maruyama Koen Station (T06) on Tozai-line to Hokkaido Jingu and at Fukuzumi Station (H14) on Toho Line to Sapporo Dome.During the summer the train's air-conditioning equipment seems not to be used (even may not be installed) because the temperature and humidity in Sapporo are not so high as the other regions.So if yo...

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Hokkaido Jingu

On 24th July 2017 I arrived at JR Sapporo station in the afternoon. After completing check-in at the hotel, I visited Hokkaido Jingu to pay respect to settlers of Hokkaido enshrined in the shrine.Hokkaido Jingu is located at Maruyama Park, it takes about 30 minutes by subway from Sapporo station.I was very impressed with its very wide ground and beauty of its architecture.If you are interested in ...

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