Online dictionary of geography and travels in Japan: Machida city,Maebashi city,Maizuru city,Marunouchi,Matsue City,Matsumoto Castle,Matsushima,Matsuyama Castle,Matsuyama City,Meiji Shrine

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Machida city

alternative words: Machidashi city, Machidashi, Machida-shi, Machida shi, Machida
keywords: tokyo, town
related topics: Tokyo prefecture , Kanagawa prefecture , Hachioji city , Yokohama city , Odakyu electric railway , Shibuya
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explanation: Located on the southwestern suburb of Tokyo and contiguous to Kanagawa prefecture, Machida has developed on the road connecting Hachioji and Yokoyama to export the silk. Now Machida is developing as a bed town for the people working in Tokyo. You can get there via Odakyu line from Shibuya station. Tamagawa university is located there. The population is 380,000.

Maebashi city

alternative words: Maebashishi city, Maebashishi, Maebashi shi, Maebashi
keywords: town
related topics: Gunma prefecture
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explanation: Capital of Gunma prefecture. Located in southern Gunma between Mt Akagi and Mt Haruna, Maebashi has been always the regional political center and owns the biggest tumulus of eastern Japan, Tenjinyama kofun. During Edo period Maebashi had developed as a castle town and a distribution center of raw silk. Now the main activity has switched to machinery and electrical appliances. Maebashi is a phonetic deformation of Umayabashi i.e. "bridge near stable". The population is 283,000.

Maizuru city

舞鶴市 舞鶴
alternative words: Maizurushi city, Maizurushi, Maizuru shi, Maizuru
keywords: harbor, kyoto, military base, town
related topics: Kyoto prefecture
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explanation: Located in northern Kyoto prefecture on Japan sea, the actual Maizuru originated from a merger of 2 towns: western Maizuru which was a castle town of lord Kyogoku and eastern Maizuro which developed as a military harbor. The harbor was a repatriate base of overseas Japanese after WWII. The main activities are shipyards, machinery, chemical and textile industry, and trade with Russia and Korea. The shore belongs to Wakasa bay national selection park. The population is 94,000.


alternative words: Marunouchi district
keywords: district, tokyo
related topics: Tokyo prefecture , Imperial palace
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explanation: Located between Tokyo station and Imperial palace, many large Japanese companies and banks have chosen Marunouchi as its headquarters. During Edo period, it owned many administrative offices and mansions of seigniors but deserted shortly after the fall of Edo shogunate in 1868. It began to develop again when Mitsubishi bought the lands from Meiji government in 1890 then the opening of Tokyo railroad station is 1914. Marunouchi belongs to Chiyoda ward.

Matsue City

alternative words: Matsueshi city, Matsueshi, Matsue-shi, Matsue
keywords: town
related topics: Shimane Prefecture
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explanation: Capital of Shimane Prefecture, located on the shore of Lake Shinji.It has developed as a castle townduring Edo Period. Greek born English writer, Lafcadio Hearn, alias Koizumi Yakumo stayed there as an English teacher. There are few industries excepting for traditional crafts and electric appliances. Its population is about 140,000.

Matsumoto Castle

alternative words: Matsumotojo castle, Matsumoto jo castle, Matsumotojo, Matsumoto jo
keywords: castle, nagano
related topics: Nagano Prefecture
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explanation: Matsumoto Castle is a "castle of plain" located in Matsumoto city and originates from Fukashi Castle built in 1504. Later Ogasawara Family extended it and renamed "Matsumoto Castle". Ishikawa Kazumasa and his son, Yasunaga, completed it. The actual donjon, which is well known by a varied construction and a skillful design, is composed of a 5-staged 6-storied main donjon at center and small adjacent towers such as "Inui" mini donjon and moon observatory tower.


alternative words: Matsu-shima, Matsu Island, Matsu Islands, Matsushima Island, Matsushima Islands, Pine tree islands
keywords: island, tourist resort
related topics: Miyagi Prefecture , Itsukushima Shrine , Amanohashidate
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explanation: Group of tiny islands located in Matsushima Bay near Sendai City. The number of islands is about 260. Being planted everywhere by pine trees, they have this name (Matsushima means "pine tree islands" in Japanese.). It belongs to "3 Japanese famous views" with Amanohashidate and Itsukushima Shrine.

Matsuyama Castle

alternative words: Matsuyamajo, Matsuyama-jo
keywords: castle, shikoku
related topics: Matsuyama City
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explanation: Located at the top of Shrouyama hill in Matsuyama city, Matsuyama castle is one of the 12 Japanese castles which still keep the original structures. Built by Kato Yoshiakira in 1603, the castle had been occupied by Matsudaira family (kin of Shogun) from 1635 to 1868. The main donjon was struck by lightening in 1784 but rebuilt later. From the top of castle, you can admire a splendid view of Japanese Inner See.

Matsuyama City

alternative words: Matsuyamashi city, Matsuyamashi, Matsuyama-shi, Matsuyama shi, Matsuyama
keywords: hot spring, shikoku, town
related topics: Ehime prefecture , Matsuyama Castle
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explanation: Located at the center of Ehime prefecture, its capital is settled there. Matsuyama has a rich history because according to Nihonshoki, Prince Shotoku visited in 596 the hot spring of Dogo, now a part of Matsuyama, and built a stele. During the middle ages, it was a feud of Kono clan until 16th century. Chemicals, textile and petroleum are its main industries. Matsuyama keeps memory of 2 poets, Masaoka Shiki and Takahama Kyoshi, and a novelis, Natsume Soseki. The population is 464,000.

Meiji Shrine

alternative words: Meijijingu Shrine, Meijijingu, Meiji jingu, Meji Shrine, Mejijingu, Meji jingu, Meji jingu shrine
keywords: shrine, tokyo
related topics: Tokyo Prefecture , Shinjuku , Shibuya , Harajuku
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explanation: Shrine located between Shinjuku and Shibuya in Tokyo and worshipping Meiji Emperor, great grandfather of the actual Emperor, and his wife Shoken-kogo. It was built in 1920 with an aid of volunteers and planted there 365 varieties of trees coming from the whole Japan and her colonies. The first presentation of each sumo champion (yokozuna) takes place there. Fashionable Harajuku district is in the other side of Yamanote line.

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