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See Remnants of Japan’s History Through Gassho-Zukuri Architecture at the World Heritage Site of Gokayama in Toyama Prefecture

Gokayama is located in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture, and is home to two gassho-zukuri settlements, Ainokura and Suganuma.
“Gassho-zukuri” is the name of a historically valuable and unique type of architecture with pitched roofs that are similar in shape to hands clasped in prayer. Gassho-zukuri settlements can only be found in these snowy and mountainous areas. The Gokayama Settlement and Gifu Prefecture’s Shirakawa-go were registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995.

Tomato Ramen from “Tomato no Sato Shinanoji” in Osaka

“Tomato no Sato Shinanoji” in Osaka is an unusual tomato ramen specialty restaurant.
The prices are a bit high, but the ingredients used are of great quality thanks to the craftsman-spirited owner. Other restaurants sell tomato ramen as well, but this restaurant is known as the pioneer of the dish and has many fans.
I’ve visited here before, but I remembered how much I loved the taste and came back!

Popular Niboshi Ramen by Nagi, a Wooden Tenement in Shinjuku Golden Gai

If you walk a little down the alley behind the light-box of Shinjuku Golden Gai, you will find Nagi, the famous niboshi ramen restaurant. Its white lantern and sign hanging beside its entry are really eye-catching.
The owner of Nagi has extensive experience of ramen as he used to be a manager of certain well-known ramen restaurant. After going through much practice and many trials, he chose to open his own restaurant in Shinjuku Golden Gai.

Enjoy a Traditional Kudzu Lunch at Tengyokudo Nara Honten Restaurant

Established in 1870, Inoue Tengyokudo is a shop specializing in kudzu, a starch made from Japanese arrowroot. Developed by a unique method in the Yoshino region of Nara Prefecture, Yoshinomoto Kudzu's directly managed store offers a kudzu lunch and sweets. It is located near Todaiji, the famous temple housing a giant Buddha statue in Nara.