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    Japan -between antiquity and modernity.

Japan -between antiquity and modernity.

This trip takes you across Japan’s largest Island, Honshū; from Tokyo through the Hakone Shindō, past the famous Sengen Shrine and Lake Tanuki, through the spooky Nachi Forest up to the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Yyoto. The trip starts in Tokyo - the capital city of the Land of the Rising Sun. From Kanda Shrine (Kanda-myōjin), a Shintō shrine that has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times, continue to Roppongi Hills Observatory. The observation deck offers a breathtaking view over the entire city. To escape the metropolis, we follow the Hakone Shindō (New Hakone Road) towards Fujinomiya, southwest of Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, to the Sengen Shrine. The building was originally erected over a thousand years ago as a shelter from volcanic eruptions, but today it is the most important shrine of the region and the main shrine out of around 1300 Sengen and Asama shrines throughout the country. The trip continues southwards, past Lake Tanuki, and to a lookout onto one of the Kumano Kodō pilgrim routes in the Nachi Forest. Not far from here lies Takinohai, a stream flowing through unusually-formed bedrock with waterfalls. The last section of the trip is Kyoto. Our first stop here is Kiyomizu-dera. The Buddhist temple is on the Saigoku pilgrim route that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. After the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove awaits our trip’s destination: the Fushimi Inari Shrine known for its avenues built of thousands of free-standing, scarlet red torii gates.

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Waypoints.

Kanda Myojin.

Tokyo is one of the most impressive capitals in the world. Over 35 million people live in the metropolitan region, making Tokyo the largest urban agglomeration in the world; there are 80,000 restaurants in the Japanese capital alone. But the city still holds on to its past as an important center of cultural and religion: Kanda Myojin, a Shintō shrine that is almost 1300 years old and has been rebuilt several times, still stands at the heart of the city.

Mercedes-Benz G 500: fuel consumption combined: 12,1 - 11,5 l/100km; CO2 emission combined: 276-263 g/km.

Roppongi Hills Observatory.

The Roppongi Hills Observatory is located in the heart of Tokyo. It consists of two viewing platforms - one inside, one outside - in good weather, you can see all the way to Mount Fuji.

 

Hakone Shindo.

The Hakone Shindo is intended as a bypass for the National Route 1 expressway. The ascent to the mountains and the numerous serpentines make the route a lot of fun to drive.

Sengen Shrine.

The Sengen Shrine is located in a dense forest. It used to be one of the largest and most magnificent of its kind, but many of the complex's buildings (dating to the beginning of the 16th century) were destroyed by earthquakes. Only the Inner Shrine, the Outer Shrine and the Tower Gate have survived to this day.

Mercedes-Benz G 500: fuel consumption combined: 12,1 - 11,5 l/100km; CO2 emission combined: 276-263 g/km.

Lake Tanuki-ko.

A spectacular panorama of Mount Fuji awaits you at the Tanuki-ko Lake, which is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Kumano Kodo Viewpoint.

The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail offers an exceptional glimpse into ancient Japan. Its steep and impassable mountains in the southern part of the Kii Peninsula are considered places of great spiritual power. The distinctive mark of the pilgrim trail is the three-legged crow.

Takinohai.

The Takinohai is an arm of a river flowing through rocky landscape. It consists of tens of waterfalls, surrounded by small whirlpool holes, which have dug the water into the stone.

Mercedes-Benz G 500: Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,1-11,5 l/100km; CO₂ Emissionen kombiniert: 276-263 g/km.

Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Thousands of scarlet torii (gates) await you in the Fushimi Inari Shrine. These freestanding passages form a hiking trail that leads to the summit of the sacred mountain Inari.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

The "Temple of Pure Water" was founded in 780 at the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto. It is famous for its wooden platform, which towers 13 meters above the underlying slope and offers a picturesque view of the sea of colors of the cherry and maple trees in the spring.

Bamboo Grove.

In Arashiyama, you'll find paths through the famous bamboo groves, which are particularly beautiful when a light breeze gently bends the bamboo canes.

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