Nikko Ancient UNESCO JAPAN - travel simply - Millions of tourists visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nikko each year to see the uniquely ornate architecture of Japan’s “baroque period”. Nikko has been a Buddhist sanctuary since over 1200 years ago, when the great priest Shodo Shonin first saw the region’s forests, mountains and waterways. Today, Nikko’s chief draw is the complex surrounding the Toshogu Shrine, burial place of Japan’s most powerful Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The shrine buildings are located within a wonderful old cryptomeria (Japanese cedar) forest. November 20, 2020 Relaxing Rides This typical scene is repeated throughout Japan each day by the millions. Relaxing on a train while passing… Continue Reading December 19, 2019December 17, 2019 Fresh Fish For Sale Kanazawa is located along the sea and is known for some of the best seafood and variety in… Continue Reading October 12, 2019September 30, 2019 Reflections of Life This “pool” is actually an installation artwork at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa. It… Continue Reading September 17, 2018September 16, 2018 Springtime Garden The entrance way to Kenrokuen Garden is a lush and vibrant green in early spring. July 11, 2018July 18, 2018 Fish in a Basket We found these fish in a basket just beautifully displayed at the Omicho Market in Kanazawa. June 15, 2018August 29, 2018 Pikachu Playland – Department Store Entertainment Ever wonder what entertainment your kids will have in the department stores while you shop? This enormous Pikachu… Continue Reading June 11, 2018August 28, 2018 The Kagayaki Bullet Train Ever wonder how fast the Kagayaki bullet train goes? Well take a look! The Kagayaki is one of… Continue Reading May 30, 2018May 3, 2018 Can you read this? We love how you recognize the name once you sound it out… its the Pinokio restaurant at Kaga… Continue Reading May 28, 2018June 3, 2018 Travel in Gran Style Everyone likes to travel in style! You now have your chance to do so on the new Kagayaki… Continue Reading May 16, 2018May 3, 2018 Hat Patrol Japanese women wear hats a lot; especially the older ones! All the department stores have large hat sections…. Continue Reading April 14, 2018April 22, 2018 Inside the Kagayaki Bullet Train Green Car Here’s the inside scoop on a Green car on the Shinkansen train from Tokyo to Kanazawa. April 10, 2018April 22, 2018 Almost Rice Planting Time Fallow fields just before rice planting starts in the Ishikawa Prefecture.