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Chiune Sugihara’s Walk of Humanitarianism

Nagoya

Home to more than 2.3 million people, Nagoya is the core city for economy and industry in the Chubu region. The culture and history of Nagoya also attracts many visitors from Japan and overseas, who come both to see sights such as Nagoya Castle and to dine on Nagoya Meshi, the city’s distinctively delicious local food. Chiune spent 10years of his childhood in Nagoya. There is a Sempo Sugihara Museum at his alma mater as well as Chiune Sugihara’s Walk of Humanitarianism. It is a perfect place as you take on the Chiune’s remembrance journey filled with this humanity and courage.

See Around Nagoya City

The Tokaido Main Line JR Nagoya Station → JR Mino-Ota Station (about 40-min train ride)

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Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall & Hill of Humanity Park

Yaotsu-Town

The Hill of Humanity Park was built to honor the humanitarian spirit and deeds of Chiune Sugihara. You can enjoy spending a peaceful time with the music sounding from the iconic memorial “Symbol Monument” and a splendid view of Yaotsu town from the top of the hill where an another memorial “Visas for Life Monument” stands. The Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall, located in The Hill of Humanity Park, exhibits his life in chronological order. It also has a room called “Decision Room” replicated the appearance of the office of the Japanese Consulate in Lithuania at the time when Sugihara issued visas to rescue the Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution. Experience Chiune’s love for humanity and imagine his strong desire to be achieved.

See Around Yaotsu-Town

The Takayama Main Line JR Mino-Ota Station → JR Takayama Station (about 110-min train ride)

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Takayama

Takayama City

Surrounded by the mountains of Gifu Prefecture, positioned roughly in the center of Japan, but it has a rustic charm even Kyoto can’t watch. It is a friendly city with beautiful seasonal scenery and has a long and rich history. Old Town, developed as a merchant town built around the former castle town of the Edo period, is still prosperous today. In spring and autumn, the city hosts the famous “Takayama Festival”, one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan. Gorgeous parade floats pass by spectators and remind them of the classic landscapes of long ago. Hida Takayama is listed as a three star must-visit tourist site in Michelin’s “Michelin Voyager Pratique Japon” and “Michelin Guide Vert Japon”.

See Around Takayama City

Express Bus (Takayama –Shirakawa-go) Hokuriku Railroad & Nohi Bus (about 75-min bus ride)

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Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa Village) is a place where traditional rural living is still thriving.
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shirakawa-go is where you can see one of the most traditional and unique areas in Japan. Shirakawa-go was registered as a world cultural site in 1995 because it is “an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.” The main attraction is the Gassho-style houses, and some of the major buildings are open to public as historic house museum, and you can see how local people have been living since the old days.

See Around Shirakawa-go

Express Bus (Shirakawa-go – Kanazawa) Hokuriku Railroad & Nohi Bus (about 80-min bus ride)

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Kanazawa took its place in Nippon history when it became the capital city of the Kaga Province, the biggest in Japan during the 16th century. Around the Maeda clan’s imposing castle, soon stood majestic samurai houses, rich warehouses, craftsmen’s ateliers and numerous temples. During the Edo period (1603-1868), the city saw the development of a particularly refined culture. It was so thriving that it became Japan’s fourth town after Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.
Time went by, sparing Kanazawa from natural disasters and wars. That is why Kanazawa appears today as an amazing conservatory for ancient Japanese traditions and artistic refinement. The intact old market, geisha districts, samurai or craftsmen quarters make it one of Japan’s most enjoyable historic centres, without forgetting its most exquisite culinary traditions. Registered in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network in the field of Crafts and Folk Arts, Kanazawa has also known how to anchor itself in our time with remarkable architectural realisations such as its station or the 21 Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

See Around Kanazawa City

The Hokuriku Main Line JR Kanazawa Station → JR Tsuruga Station (about 90 min train ride)

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Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum

Tsuruga

Located in Fukui Prefecture, Tsuruga is surrounded by mountains, untouched greenery and the deep blue sea.
A taste of Tsuruga’s long history can be experienced through long -preserved traditions, old temples and shrines that portray important episodes in Japan’s past as well as the port which provided means for outside contacts between Japan and its neighbors for hundreds of years.

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Nagoya

"Sempo" Sugihara Memorial

This outdoor exhibit-style memorial was built to honor the deeds of Chiune Sugihara. It is located to the west of the main gate of his alma mater, Zuiryo High School (formerly 5th Secondary School). The exhibit is divided into four sections, and features ceramic replicas of lists of visas, information on the life of Mr. Sugihara, and more. Anyone is free to visit this outdoor exhibit.

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Nagoya Castle

Built by command of Tokugawa Ieyasu, renowned for its rich cultural heritage, Nagoya Castle Main Tower is a signature sight of the city. Nearby, undergoing restoration to its resplendent glory of 400 years ago, the Hommaru Palace is also a must-see.

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Yamamotoya Okute

Serves meat, vegan options available. Japanese restaurant offering vegan udon and some side dishes that are suitable for vegans.

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Yaotsu-Town

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Gifu Bungy

You can have another very thrilling experience also in Yaotsu Town in Gifu!
The tallest bridge bungy jump in Japan is found here, with a height of 215 meters.
It sure looks scary. Perhaps you are willing to try a jump?

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Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall

Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall was built to honor the man’s humanitarian spirit and deeds. An exhibit recreates the appearance of the consulate in Kaunas at the time when Chiune Sugihara was busily issuing visas to help save Jews from the Nazis. Experience Chiune's love for humanity and awake the spirit that dwells within you. Hill of Humanity Park was landscaped as a memorial site to honor Chiune Sugihara's deeds and commemorate them for future generations. The signature monument also plays music expressing a wish for peace.

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Daisenji temple

Like in Daisenji temple, where the legend of the samurai Miyamoto Musashi is transmitted, you can feel the history in many other places around town.

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Goho Falls

Gohotaki falls and Meiso no mori forest look different in each season. Breathe deeply in these beautiful surroundings to refresh your body and soul.
Goho falls look different in each season. Breathe deeply in these beautiful surroundings to refresh your body and soul.

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Takayama

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Old Town of Takayama city

Takayama City has lots of fun things to do, such as exploring the city on a rickshaw and eating out. The city has an impressive old town that still retains buildings from 400 years ago.

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Cuisine

There are some restaurants, you can try Kosher-certified sake and the finest Hida beef. The taste is amazing!

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Shirakawa-go

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Gasshozukuri Minkaen

In Shirakawa-go there are more than 100 Gassho-style left, which are 100-300 years old. Exploring the historical village brings you back in time! Today, people continue to actually live in the houses, while also protecting and preserving these historical buildings.

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Gourmet

Suttate Nabe Hot-Pot is the local specialty food of Shirakawa-go, prepared to celebrate special occasions. It is made from soy sause and miso based soup with a grated soybeans A local volunteer group, the "Shirakawa-go Nabe-Eaters' Squad" arranges the cooking so that as many people can try the dish as possible.

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Wada House

Wada House is boasting the largest-scale of gassho style house in Shirakawa-go. The wada family served as headman or the officials at the guard station as the village flourished from the gunpowder trade.

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Kanazawa

21st century Museum of Contemporary Art

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa opened in 2004 in the center of Kanazawa, just a few steps from Kenrokuen Garden along Hirosaka Street, and it exhibits works by prominent contemporary artists from both Japan and all over the world.

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Higashi Chaya and Geisha

Chaya is a traditional place of feasts and entertainment, where geisha (traditional female Japanese entertainers) have been entertaining people by performing dances and playing Japanese traditional musical instruments since the Edo period.

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Nomura Samurai Family Residence

One of the main attractions of Nagamachi is Nomura Samurai House. Located in the middle of the district’s main street, it serves as a reminder of how the samurai lived, and it received two stars in the Michelin Guide.

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Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen Garden is a beautiful Japanese garden with an area of 11.4 hectares located on the heights of the central part of Kanazawa and next to Kanazawa Castle. The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Clan (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) in feudal times, maintained the garden from generation to generation.

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Tsuruga

Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum

The Port of Humanity Museum portrays unique and compassionate stories. Its exhibition tells you the story of Sugihara's brave decision to grant visas, and the locals' reactions and attempts to help the refugees are shown through witnesses' descriptions.

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Kehi Jingu Shrine

The chief guardian shrine of the old Hokuriku-do region. Home to one of Japan’s three largest wooden torii gates (a nationally designated Important Cultural Property).

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