Chūbu

Gifu Castle

Hike to Gifu Castle

Gifu Castle is a castle located in the city of Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Along with Mount Kinka and the Nagara River, it is one of the main symbols of the city.

Today is an interesting day as I get to explore two of Japan’s most beautiful castles in the Chubu region The first one, Gifu Castle or Gifu-jo, as it is called in Japanese, rests atop Mt Kinka, located in the city of Gifu in Gifu Prefecture The castle was initially established here as a fortress by Nikaido Yukimasa under orders from the Kamakura Shogunate in 1201 CE It was then known as Inabayama Castle The fortress was later renovated into the polished structure we see today by Saito Dosan who became master of the castle in 1539 In 1567 Oda Nobunaga invaded Mino and took control of
Tojinbo Cliffs

The thrilling Tojinbo Cliffs

Tojinbo Cliffs enjoy the dubious distinction of being the most loved suicide spot in Japan. For the wandering souls like me, the enthralling, rugged cliffs eroded by the raging waves of the Sea of Japan combined with the mesmerizing sunset is certainly more than likely to cause skipped heartbeats.

This day is special to me, today I can safely proclaim to be the second Indian to visit all 47 prefectures of Japan The first Indian to explore all 47 prefectures is obviously my wife Ranita san I had been wanting to visit the cliffs since the day I witnessed the thrilling cliffs of Sandanbeki in Wakayama My JR Pass was going to expire soon, so I made up my mind to drop in at Tojinbo today Tojinbo is a series of basaltic cliffs located within the Echizen-Kaga Quasi-National Park in Sakai, northern Fukui, bordering Ishikawa Pronounced Toujinbou, the rugged, precipitous cliffs stretch for over a kilometer, and is
Bandai Bridge

An evening along Bandai Bridge

Bandai Bridge is considered as the symbol of Niigata and is one of the city’s most scenic spots, especially at night. After dropping our luggage at the hotel, we walked down to the bridge from the Showa period, lit up like a Christmas tree over the Shinano River. The 1964 quake shattered Niigata, but the arch shaped, stone bridge stood strong among the rubble even as everything around it crumbled.

It was almost 8 pm by the time we arrived in Niigata The JR Station, operated by East Japan Railway Company lies at the centre of Niigata city  We had our reservations at the Hotel Lungwood It’s right beside the JR Station In fact one doesn’t even need to go out of the station building There is a corridor that connects directly to the hotel Niigata is the largest city on the Sea of Japan coast The city is blessed with an abundance of nature, surrounded by sea on one side and mountains on the

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