Kamakura is an old capital with temples and shrines as I wrote in the previous postings of Part 2 and Part 3 but there is also modern architecture written in Part 1. The townscape of Kamakura has a wide variety of facade from old houses to modern buildings and it is fun walking around. Advertisements
It has been a while since I wrote last. During this time, the weather has been quite nice and it was sometimes like summer. There were several national holidays and this is a good season for hiking and walking. At the end of April, I visited Kamakura, the old capital of Japan where the government…
The culture of Kanazawa, the historic town in Northern Japan has been preserved by artisans and their craftsmanship. You can find many workshops here and there throughout the town.
Kanazawa is one of the big cities in northern part of Japan. It was once goverened by a prominent feudal clan and rich in culture. Since the city escaped from the bombing during the World War II, there still remains many old architecture. Strolling around the old town is the very attractiveness of this town.
Recently, I had a chance to visit shipbuilder’s dock in Marugame City in Kagawa Prefecture. Kagawa and Ehime in Shikoku Island and Hiroshima and Okayama in Honshu Island are one of the main areas where shipbuilders form so-called “maritime cluster” which is a unique form of concentrated shipbuilding industry.
Shinkansen, the Japanese high-speed rail has several types. For example, between Tokyo and Osaka, Shinkansen “Nozomi” stops the least stations so you can go to Osaka fastest, while “Kodama” stops at many stations. The number of stations “Hikari” stops is something between Nozomi and Kodama. So some Shinkansen skips some stations.
Hamana-ko Lake is easy to visit from Hamamatsu Station where Shinkansen stops and if you go there, it is worth visiting Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments which is 5-minute walk from the station. This is one-of-a-kind public museum solely dedicated to musical instruments.