Map Design & computer Scribed by ARAKI Hironobu,
1996 copyright 1997 Tsukuba Press
You can find a lot of tourist information on the web.
Kyoto was ancient capital for more than 1000 years from 794 to 1868. There are many
historic temples and shrines. We can enjoy architectural beauty and landscape
beauty in each of them. In addition, there are many local fabrics such as Nishijin-ori,
brocade, Yuuzenzome, dyed fabrics, Kyoningyou, Japanese style doll, Kiyomizuyaki,
ware and so on. It takes about two hours and fifteen from Tokyo by the rapidest
Shinkansen Nozomi. From Tsukuba, about one and half hours to Tokyo and then two
hours to Kyoto. Recommend to stay at least for a whole day in Kyoto. You may use
Kansai International Airport (Osaka) for your departure, which is within
less than one hour from Kyoto.
Nara was also ancient capital of Japan for 70 years in 8th century. There are many
famous temples. Among them, statue of Buddha (daibutsu) is the most famous.
It is 53.18 feet high. The world oldest wooden structure is Horyuuji Temple locted in
outskirts of Nara. We can expect famous ancient Imperial burial mounds, and historic
relics near by Asuka Village. From Kyoto, about one and half hours to Nara.
You may use Kansai International Airport (Osaka) for your departure, which is within
less than one hour from Nara.
Mt. Fuji (12,388 feet), is the highest mountain in Japan. It is famous for its beautiful
shape. The five Fuji lakes ( Yamanaka, Kawaguchi, Sai, Shoji, Motosu) located around
the northern foot of Mt. Fuji are also popular.
Hakone is the most famous hot spring resort because its convenient location from
Tokyo.. It is mountainous districts and it used to be the most hard place to pass in
Tokaido (Ancient main road from Tokyo to Kyoto). Fuji and Hakone are designated as
national park of Japan for their scenic beauty. It takes less than 2 hours from Tokyo.
Kamakura is the place where the ancient Feudal Kamakura Government was located
between 1192 and 1333 and one of the most popular place of historic interest and
seaside resort in Japan because of its easy access from Tokyo. It take about one hour
from Tokyo by local JR line. There are many temples and shrines built back in those days
(Kamakura Period) such as Kamakura Hachimangu (shrine), and Daibutsu(Statue of
Buddha). We can expect scene of Mt. Fuji beyond Sagami Bay in clear day.
Asakusa is famous for Sensoji Temple, which is known by Asakusa Kannon (Goddess
of Mercy). The street from Kaminarimon (the landmark of red painted gate of the
temple) to the temple is called Nakamise Street, where Japanese-style cakes,
fabrics and other fancy goods are for sale. We can enjoy unique atmosphere of
downtown Tokyo there.
Akihabara street is noted for large number of shops and stores handling electric appliances. The shops
are conveniently concentrated around this area near Akihabara Station on Yamanote
Nikko is located north from Tokyo and takes one hour and forty-five from
Asakusa by train. It was designated as national park in 1954. Toshogu Shrine is
noted for its architectural beauty with luxurious colors. As proverb goes "Never say
kekko until you see Nikko. ( Japanese version of "See Naples and die.)
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