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Okuizumo in Shimane
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Okuizumo: Swords and Steel in Rural Japan

Explore hidden gems in Japan. Visit the Japan Heritage website and uncover Okuizumo in Shimane Prefecture—loved for its unspoiled nature, traditional steel forging practices and delicious food.

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Otsuki: The Gateway to Mount Fuji

Looking for an escape from Tokyo? Explore Otsuki in Yamanashi Prefecture and discover the charms of small-town Japan at the foot of its tallest mountain.

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Under the Stars: 5 Stargazing Spots in Japan

The land of the rising sun reveals its celestial wonders, inviting stargazers to embark on a journey through its awe-inspiring night skies.

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Exploring Kurashiki: Charm and Culture in Japan

Take a trip to a hidden gem in Okayama Prefecture, Kurashiki Bikan Chiku, filled with Edo Period aesthetic and quaint Japanese charm.

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Alternative Paths in Wakayama: Foreigners Making Homes in Rural Japan

Are you fed up with a company job or living in Tokyo? These folks found their way in the deep south of the Kii Peninsula.

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Big Fish, Small Pond: Finding Purpose in Rural Japan

City life isn't for everyone. Here's how I found my place in rural Japan with a bit of luck and skill.

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