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Finding Peace at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji in Kyoto, Japan | #kyoto #shrine #temple #statues #japan #travel

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luxury japanese ryokan in Shuzenji, Japan | #japan #ryokan #travel #hotel

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]We were almost half way through our whirlwind adventure through Japan when it was finally time to spend one blissful night in the much anticipated luxury Japanese ryokan called Yagyu No Sho. After weeks of searching online, we finally found this beautiful Japanese...

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misadventures in Akita, Japan - whole widen world #akita #travel #Japan #japantravel

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