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Kyoto & Kobe

April 1st 2012
M - Kyoto is the place in Japan for seeing temples and old style Japanese architecture. As a result it is pretty mobbed with tourists. We were expecting this but even so it was quiet a shock after the relative quite of southern Japan. However the big tour groups seem to focus on the main 2 or 3 sights and don't seem to get going until after at least 9am. Once the tour buses arrive the main sig ... read more
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Japanese Flag In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
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