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Narita International Airport

Narita International Airport 成田国際空港

Tokyo Narita Airport (Photo by: Terence Ong, Wikimedia Commons)


Despite it being 66km east from the center of Tokyo, in Chiba Prefecture, Narita International Airport is the primary international airport serving Tokyo and the areas surrounding it. In recent years, Haneda Airport has been allocated more space for international flights, but the amount of traffic is still small compared to that of Narita International … Read the rest

Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown 横浜中華街

Entrance gate to Yokohama Chinatown.


Yokohama’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in East Asia and is home to around 2500 Chinese. Here, you’ll find countless Chinese restaurants, offering everything from Guangdong to Beijing, Szechuan to Shanghai cuisines. One of the main attractions in Chinatown is the Kantei-byo, originally built in 1887 and dedicted to Guan Yu, a former general and deity of the temple.

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Yamashita Park

Yamashita Park 山下公園

(Top) Yamashita Park viewed from Hikawa Maru, (Bottom Right) Hikawa Maru, (Bottom Left) Inside Yamashita Park


Yamashita Park or Yamashita Koen, is a park in Yokohama famous for its waterfront views of the port of Yokohama and is in close proximity with many tourist locations such as Yokohama Chinatown and the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. The park is also the location for a large ocean … Read the rest


Nihon-ji 日本寺

Nihon-ji Daibutsu


Nihon-ji is a Buddhist temple that was built in 725 by the Buddhist priest, Gyoki, on the imperial order of Emperor Shomu. The temple was built as a Hosso-sect temple but was later transferred to the Tendai and Shingon sects. During the reign of shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, the temple was transffered to the Soto sect and still remains a Soto temple to this day.… Read the rest

Hikawa Maru

Hikawa Maru 氷川丸

Hikawa Maru moored off the shore of Yamashita Park in Yokohama.


Hikawa Maru is a 11622-tonne Japanese ocean liner that was built at Yokohama Dock for Nippon Yusen(NYK Line). It is one of the few large-scale ocean liners that survived the Pacific War. The ship’s name derives from the Hikawa Shrine in present-day Omiya, Saitama Prefecture.


Hikawa Maru was launched on September 30, 1929. … Read the rest

Kawasaki Daishi – Heikenji

Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji 川崎大師平間寺

The Daihondo(Main Hall) of Kawasaki Daishi, rebuilt in 1964.


A censer at Kawasaki Daishi.

Heiken-ji, or Kawasaki Daishi as it is commonly known, is a temple belonging to the Chisan Sect of Shingon Buddhism. Kawasaki Daishi has long been a popular temple for Hatsumode – the first visit to a Shinto shrine or a Buddhist temple in a new year. In 2013, 2.96 million … Read the rest

Sarushima – A Natural Island in Tokyo Bay

Sarushima 猿島

(Clockwise from upper right) Shore of Sarushima, beach on Sarushima, Sarushima viewed from shore on mainland, former military facility


Sarushima is an uninhabited, natural island off the shore of Yokosuka, Kanagawa. On the island are several fishing spots, remnants of a military facility, a walking path, and a beach where visitors can enjoy barbecue. There are also showering rooms and shops where visitors can rent fishing … Read the rest

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