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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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Izumo Soba

"Izumo soba" is a buckwheat noodle widely eaten in Izumo area of Shimane prefecture.It's tray consists of a three-tiered stack. The soup needs to be poured directly into each tray before eating it.As you can seen from the attached photos, there are many food shops such as seafood restaurant in addition to soba shops near Izumo Taisha.If you visit Izumo Taisha, please enter the shops and enjoy the ...

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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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Izumo Taisha

Izumo Taisha is one of the oldest and famous shrines in Japan, alongside Ise Jingu.The area of the shrine has a very spiritual atmosphere, especially the main hall's large sacred rope is very impressive.The way of worshiping at the main hall is different from many other shrines, most of which enshrine the emperor's ancestors.The practice applied for most shrine is 2 bows, clapping your hands twice...

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Ichibata Electric Railway

Ichibata Electric Railway operate trains between Dentetsu Izumoishi and Izumo Taisha or Matsue.I rode their trains from Dentetsu Izumoshi to Izumo Taisha. The journey took about 20 minutes.A unique point of the railway company is that they use the trains which were previously used by the other railway companies.The attached photo is a train of Nankai Railway 3000 series, which was given to Ichibat...

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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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