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Northern Honshu - When the famous poet Matsuo Bashō set out on his travels along the “narrow road to the deep north” in 1689, he commented, somewhat despondently, “I might as well be going to the ends of …

Northern Honshu - When the famous poet Matsuo Bashō set out on his travels along the “narrow road to the deep north” in 1689, he commented, somewhat despondently, “I might as well be going to the ends of …

Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine, Nihon.  La forêt de mousses qui a inspiré Hayao Miyazaki pour le flim Mononoke hime.

Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine, Nihon. La forêt de mousses qui a inspiré Hayao Miyazaki pour le flim Mononoke hime.

Matsuo Basho is Japan's best known haiku poet. Many tourists follow the path he traveled in his work, The Narrow Road to the Interior. Risshakuji in Yamagata is just one famous location that inspired him to write haiku: "in the calm hush, permeating the rocks, a cicada’s voice."     Yamadera was built in 860 by Ennin, probably to escape the politics at the Heian capital, now known as Kyoto. It's a Tendai temple, high in the mountains. Esoteric buddhism. Omm..

Matsuo Basho is Japan's best known haiku poet. Many tourists follow the path he traveled in his work, The Narrow Road to the Interior. Risshakuji in Yamagata is just one famous location that inspired him to write haiku: "in the calm hush, permeating the rocks, a cicada’s voice." Yamadera was built in 860 by Ennin, probably to escape the politics at the Heian capital, now known as Kyoto. It's a Tendai temple, high in the mountains. Esoteric buddhism. Omm..

Kyushu - The spectacular array of natural attractions on KYŪSHŪ makes this, Japan’s third-largest island, a feasible holiday destination on its own, providing a thrilling alternative to the regular Kanto and Kansai circuits. Here visitors can find …

Kyushu - The spectacular array of natural attractions on KYŪSHŪ makes this, Japan’s third-largest island, a feasible holiday destination on its own, providing a thrilling alternative to the regular Kanto and Kansai circuits. Here visitors can find …

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