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Chasing The Past - Putting The Spotlight On Traditional Japan

Published: Jul 16, 2012
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By Janice Strong

Our trip to Japan was fast, so it was very focused. We wanted to see, and experience, traditional Japanese culture. Our journey back in time began with a flight from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Noto Airport in Ishikawa Prefecture and ended in Gifu Prefecture with a high-speed train ride back to Tokyo. Along the way we saw crafts like lacquer ware, gold leaf, kimono painting; learned about geishas and samurais; ate local cuisine; and stayed in an onsen. Our stops included Wakura, Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go and Hida Takayama. All in four days. Here are 10 places we caught a glimpse of the past:

Ishikawa Wajima Urushi Art Museum
Credit: JNTO

The Kagaya Hotel
Credit: Janice Strong

Gold Leaf
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Higashi Chayagai
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Samurai
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Kanazawa
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Shirakawa Village
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Hida Takayama Matsuri-no-Mori
Credit: JNTO

Takayama Jinya
Credit: Janice Strong

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