Senami onsen
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Senami Onsen: Hot Springs and Beautiful Sunsets in Murakami

Sponsored by Murakami City Located along the beautiful Sea of Japan coastline, with its mix of Edo period architecture and sunny beaches, Murakami city makes for a great place to spend your summer holidays. Murakami is most famous for both its world class wind-dried salmon and also its hot spring baths…
Yamakoshi village, Niigata, Japan.
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Yamakoshi Village: Vivid Culture and Rural Respite in the Heart of Niigata Prefecture

Sponsored by Yamakoshi Village When you first experience the scenery from the narrow roads that weave through Yamakoshi Village, it’s enough to make you feel as though you have stumbled into one of Hokusai’s woodblock prints. Winding hills of lush foliage overlook tiered rice paddies…
Murakami Lacquerware, A local craftwork with a long history.
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Murakami Lacquerware – The Specialty Handicraft of Niigata

Sponsored by Murakami City During my trip to Murakami city, I learned about the numerous “charm points” of this interesting town. Besides beautiful beaches and delicious food and drink, Murakami also has a history of making “Tsuishu” or red lacquerware. Most westerners would typically associate…