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Japan

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Today we'll be taking a look at one of the world's most beautiful countries - Japan. With an impressive mix of new and old structures, landscapes, natural wonders and more - there's plenty here to keep you in awe. Our tour begins with a trip to the famous Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi, located near Hiroshima on the western side of the country. It's one of the country's most sacred sites and popular tourist destinations - its 45 foot high Torii Gate is truly breathtaking.


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We travel east to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan - where we'll visit one of the country's most iconic landmarks: the famous Golden Pavilion. Originally completed in 1397, this site has been a symbol of Kyoto for centuries. Despite being completely rebuilt in 1955, this famous Zen temple still retains its charm and beauty - and its famed gold leaf exterior attracts plenty of tourists.


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Japan is a country that's also known for its stunning countryside - and its rice paddies are one of the country's most famous sites. With nearly 80% of the country covered in mountains, terraces like these can be seen for miles around.


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Japan is also one of the world's largest tea producers - and beautiful tea plantations are a common sight in the countryside.


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Not too far away is another one of the country's most iconic sights: Mount Fuji. Standing 12,388 feet tall, it's also an active stratovolcano with the last eruption coming in 1708. This legendary mountain has also been a pilgrimage site for centuries and is considered one of the country's most sacred destinations.


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With nearly 40 million people in its urban area, Tokyo is the largest urban area not just in Japan but also the entire world. Formerly known as Edo, it became the country's capital in 1868 and has transformed into a global economic and financial hub. The city is filled with stunning landmarks, such as it's famed Shibuya Intersection. This "scramble" intersection is said to be the busiest in the world and every light sends hundreds of people in every direction.


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The next stop is one of Tokyo's famous landmarks - the Tokyo Tower. Completed in 1958, it stands 1,092 feet tall and is the country's second tallest structure. The observation deck offers extraordinary views of the city - and is a must visit for anyone traveling to Tokyo.


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Our final stop is Tokyo's famous Shinjuku skyline - located in the heart of downtown, it's filled with stunning modern high rises and is especially impressive at nighttime.


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Excellent!! I've been to Tokyo in 2010... stayed at a hotel in Shinjuku, visted the Tokyo tower twice - one during the day the other at night (sky tree was still under construction back then). As for Shibuya Intersection ... I crossed that too. Then somehow got lost, wandered the city for 4-5 hours only to end back at my hotel. Talk about luck!

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Your Mt. Fuji is awe-inspiring! Great paddies and plantation! Phenomenal urban scenes! You truly bring this game to life. 

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Nice work, as usual.  Japan's a really beautiful country, isn't it.  I'd love to go to the Far East.  The only question: would you rather go to China or Japan?

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Gaaaaaah ! Those terraces ! Those terraces are killing me. The rest is beautiful too (the Shibuya Intersection : OMG did you plop all those people ?) How many hours-days of work does all that entail ? (the terraces...gaaah, the terraces...)  I'm flabbergasted -- but happy to be in for the ride !

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Old and new,  modern vs traditional, urban vs rural, Japan is amazing!

it's always a pleasure to read your CJs. And those MMPs are really stuning. Nice as always!

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I love this!

Which mod did you use for that intersection?

Where did you get the rice fields?

In the last pic, where did you get the futuristic-looking tower in the top right-hand corner?

Thanks.

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dam this picture looks so cool im thinking of making somethings like this thanks for some ideas 

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