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Some of my awe-inspiring experiences as I wander about the unique & beautiful Earth.

An evening at Kiyosu Castle

Kiyosu Castle is a Japanese castle located in Kiyosu, eastern Aichi Prefecture, Japan. It is noted for its association with the rise to power of the Sengoku period warlord, Oda Nobunaga.

Photowalk along Osanbashi Pier

Ōsanbashi Pier is the main international passenger pier at the Port of Yokohama, located in Naka Ward, Yokohama, Japan. Ōsanbashi is the oldest pier in Yokohama, originally constructed between 1889 and 1896.

Utsunomiya Castle Ruins

Utsunomiya Castle which had most of its structure burned down in a war has been partially restored to become a park for city residents to relax in. At the Seimeikan History and Culture Museum inside the park, there are exhibits related to the history of Utsunomiya. Another highlight is during the weekends when the area is all lit up.

Night view from Mt. Hakodate

The night view from Mt. Hakodate looks like a sparkling jewelry box. The view of the city from Mt. Hakodate at night is acclaimed as one of the best in the world. It has held the top ranking in the most impressive domestic night views in a survey conducted by a Japanese travel agency.

Showa Daibutsu at Seiryu-ji

The largest seated bronze statue of Nyorai Buddha (Buddha of Emptiness) in Japan is more than 21 meters (almost 70 feet) high, quite a bit larger than the Nyorai Daibutsu in Nara. The statue sits in the open air outside the Seiryu-ji, the Temple of the Blue-Green Dragon. The modern temple complex—construction finished in 1992—is built mostly of cypress, including the five-level pagoda, so the interior has an extraordinarily lovely fragrance.

Aomori Bay

Aomori is mainly known for producing apples, and inevitably, the area offers all kinds of apple-based culinary delights: warm apple juice, apple mousse and apple pies to name just a few. But I love the refurbished port area, which now offers the opportunity for beautiful walks by the water. You’ll feel dwarfed by Aomori Bay Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge overlooking the bay. Visit the Hakkoda Maru, a retired ferry that once traveled between Aomori and Hakodate from 1964 to 1988 and is now a permanently moored floating museum; and admire the unusual pyramid building that houses the Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center, ASPAM. Its platform on the twelfth floor offers a beautiful panoramic view.

Nebuta Museum WA RASSE

The Nebuta Museum WA-RASSE is a facility that introduces the history and charms of the Aomori Nebuta Festival. At the museum you can experience every aspect of the festival.
On display are 4 full-sized floats that participated in the festival in August, and Nebuta Faces that show the individuality of their respective creators

Monuments on Hemkuta Hill

Hemkuta hill with its gentle slopes offers a remarkable view of the sprawling ruins of Hampi. The hill contains many abandoned temples and boulder carvings scattered across along with two huge monolithic statues of Ganesha. It is also one of the best places to witness sunsets in Hampi.

The shades of Virupaksha Temple

Virupaksha was the main center of pilgrimage at Hampi since the dawn of the 7th century. Since then this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been elaborated on by future rulers and especially Krishnadevaraya, the most famous kings of the Vijayanagara Empire, who commissioned the iconic nine-tiered gateway that we identify the temple with today.

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