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Takatori hike – Takatori Castle ruins and Tsubosaka Temple

Takatori hike – Takatori Castle ruins and Tsubosaka Temple

I’d like to introduce you to a truly fantastic hike through a gorgeous Japanese town, up to a ruined castle, past ancient carvings aaaand then a pretty amazing Indian-style temple. Takatori is a beautiful town in the countryside, about an hour south of Nara city. The town was first populated by a group of people that moved north from Tosa (in Shikoku). They built Japan’s highest mountaintop castle in 1332, and it was only abandoned two and a half centuries later….

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Iga – Ninja museum and castle

Iga – Ninja museum and castle

There are so many fun things to visit in Japan, but this has to be one of the best giggles! Did you know there is a Ninja Village located in Mie prefecture that has an amazing Ninja museum? You can dress up like a ninja, visit a Ninja Yashiki (the modified farm houses that ninjas use as bases), and even spot ninjas around the local castle. Then, once you are ninja-ed out, there is another awesome place to visit nearby;…

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