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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.

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.

In Saitama, Discover Ofuro Cafe Utatane, a Healing Spot to Spend the Night!

Ofuro Cafe Utatane is a full-service hot spring facility offering overnight stays. Beside taking a bath or sauna and enjoying a meal in the stylish cafe, you can also do your work in a workspace on the premises, or read comics to your heart's content in the lounge. Relaxing in a warm bath is good, but so is spending time chatting with friends in the lounge. There is a variety of ways to enjoy Ofuro Cafe Utatane!

Enjoy Cherry Blossoms and Gourmet Food on a Tram This Spring in Tokyo!

Cherry blossoms herald in spring in Japan. In Tokyo, they begin to bloom in late March. This article will introduce a sightseeing plan for Tokyo that combines cherry blossom viewing and gourmet foods in a ride on “Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line),” which takes an efficient route through great cherry blossom locations!