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Chasing The Past - Putting The Spotlight On Traditional Japan

Published: Jul 16, 2012

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

The Kagaya Hotel

Gold Leaf

Higashi Chayagai



Shirakawa Village

Hida Takayama Matsuri-no-Mori

Takayama Jinya

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