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Experience Shogun Culture in Shizuoka

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With the recent premiere of FX’s new series Shogun on Disney+, Japan’s captivating history, especially the era of the Shogun, has been thrust back into the global spotlight. This limited series has not only entertained audiences worldwide but also sparked renewed interest in exploring the rich tapestry of Japan’s shogunate history. In response, Explore Shizuoka has unveiled an educational series of videos shedding light on the Prefecture’s pivotal role in the seven-century-long saga of Japan’s Shogun culture. Shizuoka, nestled along Japan’s South Coast, is a region steeped in the legacy of the Shogunate era. It was home to three of Japan’s most renowned Shoguns, including Tokugawa Ieyasu, who is at the heart of the Shogun series on FX. This connection to such significant historical figures makes Shizuoka an essential destination for anyone eager to immerse themselves in the world of the Shoguns. The First Shogun, 12th Century The educational series begins with the tale of Minamoto Yoritomo, whose youth was spent on the Izu Peninsula at the eastern edge of what is today Shizuoka Prefecture. This area was also where he met his wife, Hojo Masako, and together they established the Kamakura Period, marking the inception of Japan’s Shogunate. Visitors to the Izu Peninsula can explore the Izusan Shrine in Atami City, where the couple were wed, offering a tangible connection to this foundational period in Japanese history. Watch the full story here. The Most Famous Shogun, 16th Century The series then highlights the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the central figure of the Shogun series… Read More

4 things to know when planning your trip to Japan

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For many tourists, Japan is one of those countries they have to visit at least once in their lifetime. If you are planning your trip to this amazing country, then it is going to be the trip you will remember for the rest of your life. Many people think that traveling to Japan is very expensive, while in reality, it is much cheaper than visiting Western Europe, North America, and parts of Oceania. Some people also believe that Japan is difficult to get around and communicate. In reality, Japan is one of the easiest countries to get around all thanks to its incredible train networks that connect one city to the other. However, still, there are a lot of things you need to know before you plan your trip. What are they? Let’s find out. Visa requirements Of course, like most countries, you need a visa and passport to enter the country unless you are traveling from the visa-exempt country. It is essential to know that the Japanese government offers different visas for different purposes and lengths of time. Citizens from over 68 countries can travel to japan visa-free for tourism or business purposes while nationals from the rest of the countries would require to apply for a visa. In fact, Japan is soon introducing an eVisa in 2020, which is to simplify the application process for tourists or travelers. If you want more information on how to obtain Japanese e-Visa, then be sure to check out this website People wear surgical masks Once… Read More