alternative words: Kobeshi city, Kobe, Kobeshi, Kobe-shi
keywords: harbor, town
related topics: Hyogo prefecture , Hankyu railway , Hanshin electric railway
related web sites: http://www.city.kobe.jp
explanation: Town located in the south-east of Hyogo Prefecture, facing Inland Sea. Its population is 1.4 million. It had been well known as a good harbor since old time. After opened for foreign ships in 1868, it has continued to develop to become the second largest harbor in Japan after Yokohama. By reclaiming continuously lands, many piers and industry zones have been constructed. Great earthquake of January 1995 destroyed most of its districts and made more than 5000 victims.
alternative words: Kochishi city, Kochishi, Kochi shi, Kochi, Koochi, Kouchi
related topics: Kochi prefecture
related web sites: http://www.city.kochi.kochi.jp
explanation: Capital of Kochi prefecture. Located in the center of Kochi plain on Urado bay, the town developed as a castle town after Yamanouchi Kazutoyo built Kochiyama castle in 1603. The main industry is cement, textile, chemistry and paper. The rural are is cultivating early vegetables thanks to its mild climate. As interesting tourist points, we can quote Kochi castle, Tosa shrine and Katsurahama beach. The population is 322,000.
alternative words: Kochiken prefecture, Kochi, Kochiken, Kochi ken, Kouchi prefecture, Kouchiken, Kouchi ken, Kouchi, Koochi
keywords: prefecture, shikoku
related topics: Kochi city
related web sites: http://www.pref.kochi.jp , http://www.attaka.or.jp
explanation: Kochi prefecture occupies the southern part of Shikoku region, facing Pacific Ocean. Its surface is 7,107 km2 and the population 0.8 million. The prefectural office is at Kochi City. Thanks to a mild climate, the people were cultivating rice twice each year but its practice has ceased and prefer to cultivate vegetables and fruits. Having many mountains, forestry and paper manufacture are prosperous. Fishing is a traditional activity. The coastal landscape on Pacific Ocean is magnificent.
alternative words: Kofushi city, Kofushi, Kofu shi, Kofu, Koufu city, Koufushi city, Koufushi
related topics: Yamanashi prefecture
related web sites: http://www.city.kofu.yamanashi.jp
explanation: Capital of Yamanashi prefecture. Located at the center of Kofu basin, it has been always regional center since old times. It was prosperous as the castle town of Takeda clan during Sengoku period (called Fuchu at that time) then a post town of Koshu road during Edo period. Traditional industries are silk textiles and crystal works. Now they are being replaced by precise industries such as camera and watch, and wine factories. The total population is about 200,000.
alternative words: Kofuku temple, Kofukuji, Kofuku ji
keywords: nara, temple
related topics: Nara city , Todaiji temple
related web sites: http://www.kohfukuji.com
explanation: With Todaiji, Kofukuji is one of the most prestigious temples in Nara and belongs together to a human heritage selected by Unesco. Built in 669, it had developed quickly as the family temple of Fujiwara clan (ujidera) and owned many warrior monks to oppose the central government. For that reason, the most of buildings were burned down by Taira clan in 1180 but they were restored during Kamakura period. Its treasure house contains invaluable sculptures of this period.
alternative words: Kokurajo castle, Kokura-jo castle
keywords: castle, kyushu
related topics: Fukuoka Prefecture , Kitakyushu city
related web sites: http://www.hikyaku.com/summit/kitakyug.html
explanation: Kokura castle was built by Hosokawa Tadaoki in 1603. After a transfer of Hosokawa family to Kumamoto, Ogasawara Tadazane occupied it. Since then the town and its castle had been administered by Ogasawara family until 1868. Unfortunately, the castle was burned out during a civil war in 1866. After an insistence of inhabitants of Kokura, the castle was restored in 1959. Even if it is replica, you can admire its strange architecture: the 5th floor is larger than the 4th one.
alternative words: Komoroshi city, Komoroshi, Komoro-shi, Komoro shi, Komoro
keywords: nagano, town
related topics: Nagano prefecture , Shinano river , Mt. Asama
related web sites: http://www.city.komoro.nagano.jp
explanation: Located at the foot of Mt Asama, on Saku basin in the north east of Nagano prefecture, Komoro has developed as castle town of Makino family and post town of Kitaguni road. An important silk manufacture center at the early 20th century has been replaced by electronics and other precision industries thanks to pure air and waters. Fruits culture such as peaches and apples are prosperous. Famous Japanese writer, Shimazaki Toson, was once a school teacher in this town.
alternative words: Kongoubuji Temple, Koyasan Kongobuji, Koya-san Kongobu-ji, Kongobu-ji, Kongobuji, Koyasan, Kouyasan
keywords: temple, wakayama
related topics: Wakayama Prefecture , Nankai electric railway
related web sites: http://www.koyasan.or.jp
explanation: One of the most prestigious temples, situated at Mt. Koya in Wakayama Prefecture. It was built in 819 by a famous Japanese priest Kukai alias Kobotaishi who is the founder of Shingon School. Being isolated from the rest of the world, it had been a popular training camp for young Buddhist monks in the old times. Though its access being forbidden to women before Meiji Era, now everybody can visit it by using a cable car.
alternative words: Korakuen, Kourakuen garden, Kourakuen, Okayama korakuen, Okayama kourakuen
related topics: Okayama city , Kenrokuen garden
related web sites: http://www.pref.okayama.jp/doboku/tosikei/tosikeihtml/korakuen/ , http://www.sanyo.oni.co.jp/kikaku/kourakuen/300-index.html
explanation: Garden contiguous to Okayama castle. By the order of Lord Ikeda Tsunamasa, its construction began in 1686 and completed in 1700. Serving as a private space of the seigniors during Edo period, it has become public since 1884. Covering 13ha and owning ponds, tea houses, water falls and miniature hills, it is an outstanding representative of "trip around style" (Kaiyu-shiki) garden. Along with Kenrokuen and Kairakuen, it belongs to 3 famous Japanese gardens.
alternative words: Koriyamashi city, Koriyamashi, Koriyama-shi, Koriyama shi, Koriyama, Kooriyama
keywords: tohoku, town
related topics: Fukushima prefecture , Lake Inawashiro
related web sites: http://www.koriyama.net6.or.jp
explanation: Located in the center of Fukushima prefecture at the crossing point of east-west road and south-north roads, it had developed naturally as a post town, though the surrounding area remained poor because of a harsh climate. Its real development began after the opening of Asaka canal which brought waters and electricity from Lake Inawashiro. Chemicals, electrical appliances, food processing, and precision instruments are its main industries. The population is 323,000.
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