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What better way to cool off after a hot day spent by the pool than with a kaki-gori? Consisting of a bowl of shaved ice with sweet flavoured syrup poured over the top, this popular Japanese summer delicacy is basically a traditional Japanese version of a Slush Puppy! Popular syrup flavours include strawberry, cherry, lemon, green tea, grape, melon, and the mysteriously named "Blue Hawaii"...
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What better way to cool off after a hot day spent by the pool than with a kaki-gori? Consisting of a bowl of shaved ice with sweet flavoured syrup poured over the top, this popular Japanese summer delicacy is basically a traditional Japanese version of a Slush Puppy! Popular syrup flavours include strawberry, cherry, lemon, green tea, grape, melon, and the mysteriously named "Blue Hawaii"... . . . #journeythroughjapan  #visitjapan_uk  #japan  #travel  #traveller  #travelphotography  #journey  #tourist  #tourism  #travelpic  #traveldaily  #travelgram  #travelinfo  #japantrip  #visitjapan  #instadaily  #instaphoto  #instamood  #instamoments  #japantravel  #instafood  #food  #foodstagram  #foodie  #foodiegram  #foodstagram  #japanfood  #japanfoodie  #kakigori  #slushpuppy 
Welcome to Nagashima Spa Land in Mie prefecture! Wouldn’t you like to cool off here on a hot summer’s day? Nagashima, which means "long island", is home to a host of leisure facilities including a water park, a hot spring complex, an outlet shopping mall, a flower park named Nabana no Sato and even a museum dedicated to the popular children’s character, Anpanman! .
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Welcome to Nagashima Spa Land in Mie prefecture! Wouldn’t you like to cool off here on a hot summer’s day? Nagashima, which means "long island", is home to a host of leisure facilities including a water park, a hot spring complex, an outlet shopping mall, a flower park named Nabana no Sato and even a museum dedicated to the popular children’s character, Anpanman! . . . #journeythroughjapan  #visitjapan_uk  #japan  #travel  #traveller  #travelphotography  #journey  #tourist  #tourism  #travelpic  #traveldaily  #travelgram  #travelinfo  #japantrip  #visitjapan  #instadaily  #instaphoto  #instamood  #instamoments  #japantravel  #nagashima  #nagashimaspaland  #nabana  #nabanajapan  #anpanman  #anpanmanmuseum 
Take a look at the impressively sharp edges of these shuriken, ninja throwing stars, firmly embedded in the wall. Mie prefecture is famous for its ancient ninja traditions, which are still going strong today. When you visit Mie you can get in touch with Mie’s ninja culture at the Ninja Museum of Iga-ryu ( http://www.iganinja.jp/ ) and if you’re really keen perhaps you could even consider signing up for ninja studies at Mie’s university!
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Take a look at the impressively sharp edges of these shuriken, ninja throwing stars, firmly embedded in the wall. Mie prefecture is famous for its ancient ninja traditions, which are still going strong today. When you visit Mie you can get in touch with Mie’s ninja culture at the Ninja Museum of Iga-ryu ( http://www.iganinja.jp/ ) and if you’re really keen perhaps you could even consider signing up for ninja studies at Mie’s university! . https://www.seejapan.co.uk/press-releases/consumer/2017/07/28/first-ninja-exam-to-be-held-in-tokyo . . . #journeythroughjapan  #visitjapan_uk  #japan  #travel  #traveller  #travelphotography  #journey  #tourist  #tourism  #travelpic  #traveldaily  #travelgram  #travelinfo  #japantrip  #visitjapan  #instadaily  #instaphoto  #instamood  #instamoments  #japantravel  #ninjastars  #shuriken  #ninjathrowingstar  #mieprefecture  #ninjatradition  #ninjaculture  #japaneseculture  #japanesetradition  #ninjastudyonline  #mieuniversity 
A diner uses disposable wooden chopsticks to tease a mouthwatering slice of thinly sliced Matsusaka beef out of the cast iron cooking pot. Matsusaka beef comes from Japanese black cattle reared under specific conditions in the Matsusaka region of Mie prefecture. In Japan, it is known as one of the three Sandai Wagyū (literally, the "three big beefs"); the others are the now world-famous Kobe beef and Omi or Yonezawa beef. Yum!
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A diner uses disposable wooden chopsticks to tease a mouthwatering slice of thinly sliced Matsusaka beef out of the cast iron cooking pot. Matsusaka beef comes from Japanese black cattle reared under specific conditions in the Matsusaka region of Mie prefecture. In Japan, it is known as one of the three Sandai Wagyū (literally, the "three big beefs"); the others are the now world-famous Kobe beef and Omi or Yonezawa beef. Yum! . . . #journeythroughjapan  #visitjapan_uk  #japan  #travel  #traveller  #travelphotography  #journey  #tourist  #tourism  #travelpic  #traveldaily  #travelgram  #japantrip  #visitjapan  #instadaily  #instaphoto  #instamood  #instamoments  #japantravel  #chopsticks  #matsusaka  #matsusakabeef  #instafood  #food  #foodstagram  #foodie  #foodiegram  #foodstagram  #japanfood  #japanfoodie 
Forever joined together in holy matrimony by a thick, gnarled shimenawa (sacred rope), these sea-splattered stones jutting out of the ocean are the Meoto Iwa (couple rocks) near Futami, a small town in Ise city in Mie prefecture. Meoto (夫婦) literally translates as “husband and wife”, and the shimenawa rope is replaced at a ceremony held three times a year.
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Forever joined together in holy matrimony by a thick, gnarled shimenawa (sacred rope), these sea-splattered stones jutting out of the ocean are the Meoto Iwa (couple rocks) near Futami, a small town in Ise city in Mie prefecture. Meoto (夫婦) literally translates as “husband and wife”, and the shimenawa rope is replaced at a ceremony held three times a year. . . . #journeythroughjapan  #visitjapan_uk  #japan  #travel  #traveller  #travelphotography  #journey  #tourist  #tourism  #travelpic  #traveldaily  #travelgram  #travelinfo  #japantrip  #visitjapan  #instadaily  #instaphoto  #instamood  #instamoments  #japantravel  #shimenawa  #meotoiwa  #futami  #isecity  #mieprefecture  #japaneseceremony  #japanesetradition 
Row upon row of bamboo ladles (called “hishaku” in Japanese) lie awaiting worshippers at Ise Jingu Shrine, Mie prefecture. They are used for performing a purification rite called “temizu” (手水), which is done before approaching the main building or “shaden” (社殿) at a Shinto shrine. The ritual is very easy, and is open to all visitors, so if you want to try having a go, simply copy the actions of the other visitors around you and you’ll soon get the hang of it!
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Row upon row of bamboo ladles (called “hishaku” in Japanese) lie awaiting worshippers at Ise Jingu Shrine, Mie prefecture. They are used for performing a purification rite called “temizu” (手水), which is done before approaching the main building or “shaden” (社殿) at a Shinto shrine. The ritual is very easy, and is open to all visitors, so if you want to try having a go, simply copy the actions of the other visitors around you and you’ll soon get the hang of it! . . . #journeythroughjapan  #visitjapan_uk  #japan  #travel  #traveller  #travelphotography  #journey  #tourist  #tourism  #travelpic  #traveldaily  #travelgram  #travelinfo  #japantrip  #visitjapan  #instadaily  #instaphoto  #instamood  #instamoments  #japantravel  #bamboo  #japanese  #hishaku  #jingushrine  #mieprefecture  #temizu  #shaden  #shintoshrine  #ritual  #japaneseritual 
After strolling around Ise Jingu Shrine, you’ll be more than ready to tuck into a bowl of steaming Ise udon noodles! This restaurant, called Nakamura (中むら) is located just a quick 6-minute stroll from the Outer Shrine (外宮/Geku) and only 6 minutes from Iseshi Station on the JR Sangu Line, so it’s perfectly placed for a hearty meal either before or after you visit the shrine. (Address: 12-14 Honmachi, Ise, Mie Prefecture 516-0074, Japan)
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After strolling around Ise Jingu Shrine, you’ll be more than ready to tuck into a bowl of steaming Ise udon noodles! This restaurant, called Nakamura (中むら) is located just a quick 6-minute stroll from the Outer Shrine (外宮/Geku) and only 6 minutes from Iseshi Station on the JR Sangu Line, so it’s perfectly placed for a hearty meal either before or after you visit the shrine. (Address: 12-14 Honmachi, Ise, Mie Prefecture 516-0074, Japan) . . . #journeythroughjapan  #visitjapan_uk  #japan  #travel  #traveller  #travelphotography  #journey  #tourist  #tourism  #travelpic  #traveldaily  #travelgram  #travelinfo  #japantrip  #visitjapan  #instadaily  #instaphoto  #instamood  #instamoments  #japantravel  #instafood  #food  #foodstagram  #foodie  #foodiegram  #foodstagram  #japanfood  #japanfoodie  #noodle  #udon 
The weathered, unbleached pillars and lintel of the torii shrine gate watch solemnly over flocks of tourists as they make their way into the lush greenery and secluded atmosphere of Ise Jingu Shrine, Mie prefecture. The shrine is Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine, and actually consists of two major shrines standing several kilometres apart - the Outer Shrine (外宮/Geku) and the Inner Shrine (内宮/Naiku), as well as over 100 smaller shrines dotted across the area.⠀
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The weathered, unbleached pillars and lintel of the torii shrine gate watch solemnly over flocks of tourists as they make their way into the lush greenery and secluded atmosphere of Ise Jingu Shrine, Mie prefecture. The shrine is Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine, and actually consists of two major shrines standing several kilometres apart - the Outer Shrine (外宮/Geku) and the Inner Shrine (内宮/Naiku), as well as over 100 smaller shrines dotted across the area.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #journeythroughjapan  #visitjapan_uk  #japan  #travel  #traveller  #travelphotography  #journey  #tourist  #tourism  #travelpic  #traveldaily  #travelgram  #travelinfo  #japantrip  #visitjapan  #instadaily  #instaphoto  #instamood  #instamoments  #shrine  #jaoantravel  #torii  #toriigate  #toriishrine 
Check out this mind-boggling scene at Obara Fureai Park in Aichi prefecture. No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you - that really is cherry blossom trees blooming at the same time as autumn leaves! While ordinary cherry trees bloom only once in spring, Obara’s shikizakura (literally meaning ‘four season cherry blossom’) are hybrid cherry blossom trees that bloom once in spring and once more in autumn! ©Yasufumi Nishi
Check out this mind-boggling scene at Obara Fureai Park in Aichi prefecture. No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you - that really is cherry blossom trees blooming at the same time as autumn leaves! While ordinary cherry trees bloom only once in spring, Obara’s shikizakura (literally meaning ‘four season cherry blossom’) are hybrid cherry blossom trees that bloom once in spring and once more in autumn! ©Yasufumi Nishi
A chef fans the flames as he swiftly grills skewer after skewer of eel at a hole in the wall in Aichi prefecture - you can see he has got a regular production line going here! Everywhere you go in Japan you’ll find expertly cooked and reasonably priced street food on sale from street food stalls and kiosks known as “yatai” in Japanese - it won’t break the bank, so why not try everything you see?
A chef fans the flames as he swiftly grills skewer after skewer of eel at a hole in the wall in Aichi prefecture - you can see he has got a regular production line going here! Everywhere you go in Japan you’ll find expertly cooked and reasonably priced street food on sale from street food stalls and kiosks known as “yatai” in Japanese - it won’t break the bank, so why not try everything you see?
The blazing red, orange and yellow colours of autumn foliage perfectly frame a temple path at Korankei Gorge in Aichi prefecture. In the 17th century, the head priest of Kojakuji Temple planted some maple trees along the temple approach, prompting locals to do the same. Today, visitors can appreciate the fruits of their labour in the form of the exquisite autumn scenery that peaks around mid to late November every year.
The blazing red, orange and yellow colours of autumn foliage perfectly frame a temple path at Korankei Gorge in Aichi prefecture. In the 17th century, the head priest of Kojakuji Temple planted some maple trees along the temple approach, prompting locals to do the same. Today, visitors can appreciate the fruits of their labour in the form of the exquisite autumn scenery that peaks around mid to late November every year.
With expert brush strokes, a woman carefully adds the finishing touches to a vase at Noritake Garden in Aichi prefecture. Noritake’s history began with a single dinner plate in 1904, and today it is one of Japan’s leading ceramics companies. Noritake Garden was opened in 2001 to commemorate the company’s 100th birthday, and is a pleasant entertainment facility with a workshop, museum, shops, and restaurants all set in 48,000 sq m of lush greenery in the heart of Nagoya.
With expert brush strokes, a woman carefully adds the finishing touches to a vase at Noritake Garden in Aichi prefecture. Noritake’s history began with a single dinner plate in 1904, and today it is one of Japan’s leading ceramics companies. Noritake Garden was opened in 2001 to commemorate the company’s 100th birthday, and is a pleasant entertainment facility with a workshop, museum, shops, and restaurants all set in 48,000 sq m of lush greenery in the heart of Nagoya.
Tuck into a hearty dish of miso-nikomi udon at Yamamotoya Honten in Nagoya. This city of in Aichi prefecture is well-known for its unique cuisine known as “Nagoya meshi” (“meshi” is a colloquial word for “food”), particularly dishes featuring miso. Miso-nikomi udon consists of piping hot thick udon noodles in a rich miso broth topped with egg, spring onions, and fishcake.
Tuck into a hearty dish of miso-nikomi udon at Yamamotoya Honten in Nagoya. This city of in Aichi prefecture is well-known for its unique cuisine known as “Nagoya meshi” (“meshi” is a colloquial word for “food”), particularly dishes featuring miso. Miso-nikomi udon consists of piping hot thick udon noodles in a rich miso broth topped with egg, spring onions, and fishcake.
This mind-boggling image shows one of the streets in Tokoname pottery district in Aichi prefecture, paved and walled with pots, jars and tiles in the town’s signature redware. The area has a been a centre of pottery production since ancient times and is still the foremost producer of maneki neko (welcoming cat) figures today! It is conveniently located just 10 minutes by train from Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport, making it the perfect stop-off on your way to or from the airport.
This mind-boggling image shows one of the streets in Tokoname pottery district in Aichi prefecture, paved and walled with pots, jars and tiles in the town’s signature redware. The area has a been a centre of pottery production since ancient times and is still the foremost producer of maneki neko (welcoming cat) figures today! It is conveniently located just 10 minutes by train from Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport, making it the perfect stop-off on your way to or from the airport.
ご/dango (Japanese dumplings) hangs on a street corner in Takayama in Gifu prefecture. While in Japan you’ll see many signs and paper lanterns like these advertising products, shops and businesses and - while you may not always know what they mean - they’ll undoubtedly add to the authentic atmosphere of your stay!
ご/dango (Japanese dumplings) hangs on a street corner in Takayama in Gifu prefecture. While in Japan you’ll see many signs and paper lanterns like these advertising products, shops and businesses and - while you may not always know what they mean - they’ll undoubtedly add to the authentic atmosphere of your stay!
When most people think of sushi they usually assume that it has to include fish or seafood - whether raw or cooked - at some point. But did you know that sushi actually refers to the kind of rice used to make sushi, which has been prepared using sushi vinegar? It doesn’t even need to include fish or seafood - the one at the back is from Gifu prefecture and is topped with the area’s famous melt-in-the-mouth Hida Wagyu beef!
When most people think of sushi they usually assume that it has to include fish or seafood - whether raw or cooked - at some point. But did you know that sushi actually refers to the kind of rice used to make sushi, which has been prepared using sushi vinegar? It doesn’t even need to include fish or seafood - the one at the back is from Gifu prefecture and is topped with the area’s famous melt-in-the-mouth Hida Wagyu beef!
Ever fancied walking an ancient motorway? The roughly paved surface of the Old Nakasendo Road snakes away into the distance through the wooded banks and upright trunks of conifer trees in the forests of Gifu prefecture. Originally part of feudal Japan’s network of highways, today it is a well-maintained hiking trail that is equally suitable for beginners and experts. Hiking a section of the trail is an enjoyable way to experience a forgotten side of Japan. ©JTA
Ever fancied walking an ancient motorway? The roughly paved surface of the Old Nakasendo Road snakes away into the distance through the wooded banks and upright trunks of conifer trees in the forests of Gifu prefecture. Originally part of feudal Japan’s network of highways, today it is a well-maintained hiking trail that is equally suitable for beginners and experts. Hiking a section of the trail is an enjoyable way to experience a forgotten side of Japan. ©JTA
Majestic purple curtains hang outside the entrance to Takayama Jinya (高山陣屋) in the mountain town of Takayama in Gifu prefecture. This building served as the local government office staffed by officials dispatched from Edo (now Tokyo) during the Tokugawa Shogunate. It was in official use in 1969, but is now an interesting museum with tatami mat rooms, the largest traditional storehouse in Japan and an interrogation room, that makes a great stop to learn more about the town’s history and background.
Majestic purple curtains hang outside the entrance to Takayama Jinya (高山陣屋) in the mountain town of Takayama in Gifu prefecture. This building served as the local government office staffed by officials dispatched from Edo (now Tokyo) during the Tokugawa Shogunate. It was in official use in 1969, but is now an interesting museum with tatami mat rooms, the largest traditional storehouse in Japan and an interrogation room, that makes a great stop to learn more about the town’s history and background.