Online dictionary of geography and travels in Japan: Kanda Shrine,Kanmon bridge,Kansai Airport,Kansai region,Kanto region,Karuizawa,Kashima city,Kashima Shrine,Kasumigaseki,Kawasaki city

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Kanda Shrine

kanndamyoujinn
alternative words: Kandamyojin shrine, Kandamyoujin shrine, Kanda myojin, Kandamyojin, Kandamyoujin
keywords: shrine, tokyo
related topics: Tokyo Prefecture
related web sites: http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp
explanation: Shrine located in Tokyo Prefecture at Kanda district. It worships the seignior, Tairano Masakado who strove to create an independent state in Kanto region during Heian period. For that reason, it is considered as a protector of Tokyo City. Kanda Matsuri which occurs on 15 May is one of the most important festivals in Tokyo.

Kanmon bridge

kannmonnkyou
alternative words: Kanmonkyo bridge, Kanmon-kyo bridge, Kanmonkyo, Kanmon-kyo
keywords: bridge, kyushu
related topics: Fukuoka Prefecture , Yamaguchi Prefecture , Kitakyushu city
related web sites: http://www.hikyaku.com/summit/kitakyug.html
explanation: Kanmon bridge crossing over Kanmon strait is 1068m long. It is used for an express way and was opened to the public on November 14, 1973. Other routes passing under the sea, it is the unique way to admire Kanmon strait.

Kansai Airport

kannsaikuukou kannsaikokusaikuukou kannkuu
alternative words: Kanku, Kansai international airport
keywords: airport, osaka
related topics: Osaka prefecture , Nankai electric railway , Itami airport , Kansai region , Osaka bay
related web sites: http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp
explanation: Principal airport of Osaka and its environment. Initial airport of Osaka, Itami being saturated, the government decided to build a new airport. In order to avoid the same mistake as Narita, the airport has been built off the coast of south Osaka on Osaka Bay and opened in 1994. It has one runway and the second is under construction. You can reach there from Osaka's downtown (Naniwa or Tenoji stations) by train or bus (between 1 hour and 30 minutes of trip)

Kansai region

kannsaichihou kinnkichihou kannsai kinnki
alternative words: Kansai area, Kansai, Kinki region, Kinki area, Kinki
keywords: kyoto, nara, osaka, region
related topics: Kyoto prefecture , Osaka prefecture , Hyogo prefecture , Hakone , Kanto region
related web sites: http://www.senri-i.or.jp/kansai/
explanation: Kansai region is the old political center of Japan. It includes actual Hyogo, Kyoto, Shiga, Osaka, Nara, Mie and Wakayama prefectures. Though the political center of Japan has moved to Tokyo, it still owns 3 cities of more than 1 million inhabitants (Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto) and remains the second Japanese economic and industrial area. Kansai means " west of customs barrier" which was at Mt Hakone, while Kinki means "near the capital" which was Kyoto.


Kanto region

kanntouchihou kanntou
alternative words: Kantou region, Kanto area, Kanto, Kantou
keywords: kanagawa, region, tokyo
related topics: Tokyo prefecture , Hakone , Honshu island , Kansai region
explanation: Located in the center of Honshu and facing Pacific ocean, Kanto region is the most populated area in Japan with 40 million inhabitants. It is formed by Kanto plain in the center and surrounded by mountains of about 2000m high. It includes Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Chiba, Saitama, Tokyo and Kanagawa prefectures. Since Tokugawa family was moved to Tokyo in the last 16 century, it has developed as the political center of Japan. Kanto means "east of customs barrier", referring to that of Mt Hakone.

Karuizawa

karuizawa
alternative words: Karuizawa city, Karuizawa town
keywords: nagano, olympic games, tourist resort
related topics: Nagano prefecture , Mt. Asama
related web sites: http://www.town.karuizawa.nagano.jp , http://www.ne.jp/asahi/japan/karuizawa/ , http://dtravel.inetg.com/karuizawa/karuizawa.html
explanation: Karuizawa appeared first in the history when the Edo Shogunate chose it as a post town of Nakasendo, the second link between Tokyo and Kyoto after Tokaido. When the Shogunate disappeared in 1868, the town lost also its importance and declined quickly until when a British priest, Alexander Shaw, built his villa because the climate is similar to Scottish Highland. Thanks to his zealous recommendation, many people had imitated him and since then the town has transformed to a big summer resort.

Kashima city

kashimashi kashima
alternative words: Kashimashi city, Kashimashi, Kashima shi, Kashima
keywords: town, world cup
related topics: Ibaraki prefecture , Kashima shrine
related web sites: http://www.city.kashima.ibaraki.jp , http://www.so-net.ne.jp/antlers/
explanation: Initially a tiny town developed around Kashima shrine, since the government decided to transform Kashima region to a huge industry area, "Kashima coastal industry region", in 1960, many industries such as iron foundry and petroleum kombinat have been implemented along with "Kashima coastal railway". Kashima is also the home town of "Kashima Antlers" soccer team and will organized some matches during World cup 2002. The population is 62,000.

Kashima Shrine

kashimajinnguu kashima
alternative words: Kashimajingu Shrine, Kashimajingu, Kashima jingu, Kashimajinguu shrine, Kashimajinguu, Kashima jinguu, Kashima
keywords: shrine
related topics: Ibaraki prefecture , Kashima city
related web sites: http://step.sopia.or.jp/kashima/
explanation: Shrine located in Ibaraki Prefecture at Kashima city. It worships God of sunders, Takemikazuchi who is also the protector of Tohoku region. For that raison, the main building is directed to the north. It owns also many "child shrines" in Japan. It is one of the oldest shrines in Japan because according to the annals of shrine, it was founded 660 B.C.

Kasumigaseki

kasumigaseki
keywords: district, tokyo
related topics: Tokyo Prefecture , Imperial Palace , Nagatacho
related web sites: http://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/ , http://www.mof.go.jp
explanation: District of Tokyo City located on the south of the Imperial Palace. During Edo period, many houses of Daimyo (Japanese seigniors) were built there. Now, most of the Japanese government's offices like Foreign Office and Finance minister occupy the same place. Administratively speaking, the district belongs to Chuo Ward, i.e. Central Ward.

Kawasaki city

kawasakishi kawasaki
alternative words: Kawasakishi city, Kawasakishi, Kawasaki-shi, Kawasaki shi, Kawasaki
keywords: kanagawa, town
related topics: Kanagawa prefecture , Yokohama city , Tokyo prefecture , Aqualine , Tokyo bay
related web sites: http://www.city.kawasaki.jp , http://www.lofty-tec.co.jp/~honey/3.html
explanation: Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama, it comes from a merger of "temple town", Taishicho and "post town" Kawasaki. Located at the core of a vast industry zone, "Keihin", it owns many heavy industries such as steel, machinery, chemical, petroleum, electric etc. in the eastern reclaimed land, while 2 attraction parks, Yomiuriland, Mukogaoka are in the western rural area. Recently opened Aqualine brings you to another side of Tokyo bay in 30mn. The population is about 1 million.

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