If you're traveling over to Japan, there are several major airports to consider. Most flights into Japan head to Tokyo, with the Japanese capital city being one of the biggest in the world and home to countless landmarks. Tokyo is known as one of the most incredible cities on the planet, blending the old and new with traditional Japanese Shinto temples and modern high-rise buildings that look like they've been flown in from the future. For Tokyo, one of the main airports is NRT. NRT is the airport code for Narita International Airport. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.NRT Airport Code
2.History of Airport Code NRT
3.Statistics for Airport Code NRT
4.Parking at NRT
5.Getting To and From NRT
6.Hotels at NRT
NRT Airport Code
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More Ideas: Tashirojima
Islands around the world tend to have fluctuating populations, generally either decreasing or increasing in size due a slew of contributing factors. One of the Japanese islands, lying off the coast of the city of Ishinomaki, is Tashirojima. Although this island has been diminishing in population, it has not lost its beauty and is today also known as "Cat Island," and for good reason, too: It is home to numerous cats.
The main industries on the island of Tashirojima are fishing and tourists, but for hundreds of years, the island was also known for its silk production. During the 18th century, the locals on the island raised silkworms, making some of the finest silk off the coast of Japan. In order to keep their silkworms and silk safe, the locals thought that cats would be a good solution to keep the local mouse population from ruining their silk. Now, cats outnumber the human population by six to one. Today, tourism has become a huge part of the island’s economy, as tourists from around the world come here to catch a glimpse at all the amazing feline communities. After the devastating Tohoku earthquake and resulting tsunami in 2011, the islanders believe that the feline community helped to warn them, thus saving the island from further destruction, and today the locals think of the cats as their good luck charms. Despite the depleting number of humans, this island is still full of life and culture.
Cat Population vs. Human Population
In a world dominated by humans, Tashirojima is an exception as the island has slowly been taken over by felines. Over the past 50 years, the human population decreased significantly from 1,000 to 100 inhabitants, with an average age between 60 to 70 years old, meaning that future human habitation of the island is looking increasingly unlikely. Nevertheless, the remaining humans stick by their feline companions and the people of this island are very superstitious about their cats and there are many legends and myths surrounding them. For example, local fishermen believe that by feeding the cats every day they have a good chance to catch more fish. They also believe that by monitoring the cats’ movements and actions, they can predict the weather and fish movement patterns.
When a member of the feline community dies, the locals believe that it is their duty to protect and preserve their bodies. Between the two villages of the island lies the Nekokamisama cat shrine, which was originally built due to the accidental death of a cat that was hit by a falling rock. A local fisherman, who felt responsible for the death, decided that a shrine should be built to honor the fallen cat and save the island from evil spirits. There are at least 10 shrines devoted to sacred cats that have died on the island as well as over 50 dedicated stones in the shape of a cat.
The island of Tashirojima is only accessible by boat or ferry and is located 15 km from the city of Ishinomaki on a 40-minute ferry ride. Guesthouses have been built on the island, offering overnight stays. The ferry can either take visitors to Odomari Port on the northern part of the island or to Nitoda Port located on the southern part.
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More Ideas: Kamikochi
Kamikochi is considered to be the crown jewel of the Alps in northern Japan. This scenic, beautiful area of the country is a basin located at an elevation of 1,500 meters. The Northern Japan Alps rise another 1,500 meters from the basin of Kamikochi, creating a remarkable beautiful backdrop with the stunning aquamarine waters of the Azusa River in the forefront of the view.
The area of Kamikochi is quite a popular area for trekking in the mountains. The usual starting point for mountain treks is the symbolic bridge in Kamikochi, Kappa-bashi. Downriver from the bridge is Taisho Pond, where visitors can view a picture-perfect reflections of the Hotaka Range in the waters of the pond. Upriver from Kappa-bashi is the magical Myojin Pond.
While the majority of tourists come to Kamikochi for just the day, one of the best ways to experience the area is to stay overnight, offering the opportunity to take an early morning or uncrowded evening walk. A part of Japan’s Chubu Sangaku National Park, the valley of Kamikochi has only moderately been developed, including hiking trails, mountain huts, a handful of shops, and around half a dozen hotels. A short from the area’s bus terminal, located at the heart of Kamikochi is the Kappa Bridge. From the bridge, visitors can follow hiking trails down and up the valley, as well as trails towards the surrounding summits of the mountains.
One of the easiest ways to enjoy a visit to Kamikochi is a hike along the trails that follow along the Azusa River, starting at Taisho Pond up to Myojin Bridge. The area is largely flat terrain, allowing visitors of all levels of experience in hiking to enjoy the natural scenery, and only requiring a few hours to hike the trails. The hikes up to the peaks of the surround mountains, however, can be more challenging for hikers, and are only recommended for hikers to climb from the middle of June until the middle of September.
Kamikochi is especially beautiful during the fall foliage season, this time of the years typically hits its peak in the middle of October. Visitors can see a broad variety of alpine flora from the month of May up through the month of October. The best time to view the flora is the middle of May to July. Guests also have the chance to maybe spot monkeys during their visit, as well as different species of birds.
Chubu Sangaku National Park is situated in the heart of the Japan’s Hida Mountain Range, which is also known as the Northern Japan Alps. The Alps are the highest mountain range of the country, towering over the central part of the main island. The Hida Mountain Range acts as the background of the national park, stretching from north to the south. The mountain range consists of two rows of mountains in the northern part of the range, and three rows of mountains at the southern part. Chubu Sangaku National Park is full of “Special Natural Monuments.”
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More Ideas: Fushimi Inari-taisha
Fushimi Inari-taisha, or the Fushimi Inari Shrine, is a very important Shinto shrine located in the southern area of Kyoto in Japan. The shrine is well-known for its thousands of red torii gates that line a the various trails behind the main buildings. The network of trails lead visitors into the woods of the sacred Mount Inari. This sacred mountain belongs to the grounds of the important shrine, and stands at a height of two hundred and thirty-three meters.
Fushimi Inari-taisha is the most significant of the several thousand shrines dedicated to the Shinto god of rice, Inari. Foxes are considered to be the messengers of Inari, which is why guests will see numerous fox statues throughout the grounds of the important shrine. The shrine has its origins back during ancient times, predating the move of the capital of Japan in the year 794 to Kyoto.
The main reason why the majority of foreign visitors visit Fushimi Inari-taisha is to explore the shrine buildings and the trails on the mountain. The Romon Gate stands at the entrance to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, and was donated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a famous leader of Japan, in the year 1589. Behind the gate is the main hall of the shrine, where guests can pay respect to the shrine’s resident deity in the form of a small offering.
At the back of the main grounds of the Fushimi Inari Shrine is the entrance to the hiking trail that is covered by the torii gate. The trail begins with two parallel, dense rows of gates that are called Senbon Torii, or thousands of torii gates. Each of these torii gates along the length of the trail were donated by companies and individuals. Visitors can see the name of the donator, as well as the date of donation, inscribed into the back of each of the torii gates.
The walk to the mountain’s summit and back typically takes around two to three hours. Visitors don’t have to walk the entire way to the summit, however, and can walk back down whenever they wish. Along the walk, visitors will see many smaller shrines featuring stacks of tiny torii gates that were also donated. A handful of restaurants are also located along the trail to the summit of Mount Inari. These places offer dishes themed to the shrine, such as Kitsune Udon or “Fox Udon,” and Inari Sushi.
Visitors will arrive at the Yotsutsuji intersection about half way to the summit of Mount Inari. This intersection is reached after around thirty to forty-five minutes of ascending the mountain. Visitors will also notice a gradual decrease in the density of the shrine’s torii gates. Some great views of the city of Kyoto can be found at this spot on the trail. It’s also where the hiking trail splits to create a circular route up to the summit. A large amount of people stop at the Yotsutsuji intersection as there’s not much variation in the trails after this point. The density of torii gates also further decreases.
68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Kyoto, Japan, Phone: 81-7-56-41-95-73-31
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