Mount Fuji (AH1)
At 3,776 metres, Mt Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. Described as
a sacred mountain, it is climbed by about 200,000 climbers a year, usually
around late July to mid August when there is virtually no snow on the
peak. Rivalling Vesuvius as the world's best-know volcano, Mount Fuji
has erupted at least 16 times since 781 AD, the most recent one being
Imperial Palace, Tokyo The
Imperial Palace is in the center of modern Tokyo, built by Tokugawa Ieyasu
at the end of the 16th century. The castle remained the political and
military center until 1867. After the capital moved from Kyoto to Tokyo,
a new imperial palace was built at the same location as the Tokugawa castle.
It was totally destroyed in World War II and had to be rebuilt. Only the
East Garden is open to the public.
Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto Kyoto
was the imperial capital of Japan from its establishment in 794 until
the transfer of government to Tokyo in 1868. Surrounded by magnificent
hills, Kyoto is considered the spiritual home of the Japanese people.
Kiyomizu-Dera Temple may be one of the most known Kyoto's temples throughout
Japan for its very high platform. From this platform, you can have an
extensive view of whole town of Kyoto city.
Dazaifu, Fukuoka (AH1) Fukuoka's
most famous Shinto shrine, it is dedicated to the 9th century scholar
Suguwara No Michizane. Dazaifu was at that time an important administrative
centre of government. The shrine was established in the beginning of the
10th century to propitiate Michizane's soul. Pupils and students visit
it in droves to pray for examination success. It is one of the "Big
Three" shrines in Fukuoka.