Minato Mirai, officially Minato Mirai 21, is the Central Business District of Yokohama. The area began development in 1983 on what was previously an industrial area. The most prominent building is the Landmark Tower, Yokohama tallest skyscraper, which was completed in 1993 and stands 296-meter.
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is the most important shrine in Kamakura. It was moved to its current spot in 1191 by Yoritomo Minamoto who helped establish Kamakura as the capital. The shrine buildings you see today were rebuilt in 1828 by Ienari Tokugawa. The shrine is impressive and the grounds are large. There are two ponds flanking the central entrance to the shrine and many buildings within its precints. There is also a small museum of treasures owned by the shrine.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha that is located on the grounds of the Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second largest Buddha statue in Japan (the largest is located in the Todaiji Temple in Nara). The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall. However, the temple buildings were washed away by a tsunami tidal wave in the end of the 15th century, and since then the Buddha stands in the open air.
Medetai means happy, joy or congrats, and taiyaki is a sea bream shaped sweets. Medetai+taiyaki=Medetaiyaki sounds happy for Japanese. And more, sweet bean-paste with red and white mochi dumpling in the tummy of it! Red and white are also happy colour in the japanese culture. The shop is located only in Kabukiza Tokyo, so it will be always very popular and the medetaiyaki taste good too.
The Zenkoji Temple is the most famous temple in Nagano, with 1400 years of history. Dating from 1707, Zenkoji is a designated National Treasure. Zenkoji is an important pilgrims destination and remains an authentic centre of worship in Japan. There is a pitch black tunnel underneath the Main Hall where you can walk around. It is said that this is the temples’ ‘place for enlightenment’ and that all people here are equal.