Hida-Furukawa Station typifies the city of Hida. The station building is not that large, but there is a tourist information office that is adjacent to the station building. The Visitor Information Center offers maps and printed guides in Japanese, English, and Chinese.
Because of the beautiful rice terraces, Hoshitoge is considered one of Japan's 100 Most Beautiful Villages. The impressive rice fields are evocative of ancient Japan. And if you are lucky, you can see the Unkai (Sea of Clouds) early in the morning when the golden sunrise is reflected on the peaceful, fog-shrouded rice terraces.
The ruins of Kasugayama Castle still leave the characteristics of a mountain castle (the castle wall was built at a mountain that is advantageous in terms of defense), such as trenches and outer bailey. The castle is also counted as the 100 best castles in Japan.
Formerly known as Arai Mountain Resort and Spa . Lotte Arai Ski Resort is a luxury boutique resort in Japan that re-opened in December 2017 under the new ownership of the Korean Lotte Group. Formerly branded as “Arai Mountain Resort and Spa” it is now known after re-opening as “Lotte Arai Resort”.
The Yasukuni Shrine is dedicated to the spirits or kami of the men, women, and children who have died for the emperors of Japan since the Meiji Restoration in 1868. It was founded by the Meiji Emperor himself and called Tokyo Shokonsha or "shrine to summon the souls," in order to honor the dead from the Boshin War who fought to restore the emperor to power.
Takada Castle (Takada-jo) was built in 1614 as the home base of Matsudaira Tadateru, the sixth son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who ruled Japan in those days. Its construction was difficult as it required diverting the flow of three rivers, but it was completed less than four months after the work began.
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