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Yamanouchi: Chihiro, Monkeys & Onsen

My favourite film from the Ghibli studios is Spirited Away. A number of ryokan inspired this anime fantasy, particularly Kanaguya, near the famous Jigokudani monkeys in the town of Yamanouchi.

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One Day in Izu Peninsula

In summer, the Izu Peninsula is ideal to spend a refreshing week-end. Located a hundred kilometers away from Tokyo, I strongly suggest to rent a car to enjoy the fabulous seaside.

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Yamanakako Lake: Ruins & Sorrow

The lakes around Mount Fuji also experienced their heyday, however ephemeral. I go today to Lake Yamanakako, especially to visit two abandoned hotels. On the place, I find out that the former is being restored, but the...

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Sports World Izunagaoka

Here we are in the middle of the mountains, in the Izu Peninsula. Under dense vegetation, there is a resort once popular with the Japanese from Fukuoka and Tokyo. This is the water park "Sports World".