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Japan Has Its Own Version of Venice in Kyoto

The houses appear as if they are floating on water.

Want to go to Venice but your budget can only affor Asia? Well head over to Japan instead. Aptly nicknamed “The Venice of Japan,” the sleepy town of Ine no Funaya or The Boat Houses of Ine is the country’s version of Venice.

There are 230 wooden boathouses standing on a narrow strip of land between the sea and the mountains. Ine no Funaya has the sea as its front, but there’s no need to worry about powerful storms and crashing waves.

The village is located inside a cove, protecting it from the elements and helping it retain its old world charm.

The town of Ine became one of the largest suppliers of fish in Kyoto, producing approximately 25% of the fish for the prefecture.

Each house in the village has living quarters on the second floor.

There’s also garage where people can park their boats or hang up their fishing nets. The upper floors are also used as inns.

Tourists can join the locals for fishing experience and they will provide you with everything you need. They let you keep your catch and even provide you ice packs to store the fish.

When you look at the village from the sea, the houses appear as if they are floating on water.

This made Ine no Funaya a famous tourist destination and even a location for movies.

Currently, there are more than 200 funaya houses in the village.

The village has been proclaimed as a protected area of ‘important traditional buildings.’

Besides, it’s the first fishing village to be registered into Japan’s Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Historical Buildings.

Aside from the wooden houses, the Ine area has other sights worth checking out. There’s the famous Nii-no-Tanada (Terraced rice fields of Nii), which gives great views of the funaya and has also become a popular movie location.


The Wonder of Santa Margarida: A Chapel Right Inside A Volcano

..And it has been sitting there for more than 600 years.


Amidst the vast land of Garrotxa, a comarca of Catalonia, Spain, lies a surrounding volcanic terrain in the Natural Park of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone.

At the Natural Park of La Garrotxa, there are several walking routes that will lead tourists to an interesting awe-inspiring wonder.

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Western Australia’s ‘Most Haunted’ Building Rebrands Itself To Attract More Tourists

The place wants to prove that it has more to offer other than tales of horror.

While Oakabella Homestead has successfully marketed itself as the most haunted building in Western Australia - thanks to the tales of lost souls and malevolent spirits that once intrigued its guests - its new owners believe that its high time for its image to be changed.

The Oakabella Homestead was built in 1851, or 10 years earlier than its neighboring town, Northampton 460km from Perth, in the picturesque Chapman Valley. With the site’s eerie history, which includes multiple deaths including that of a 3-year old child and a worker who shot himself, it is easy to understand why its previous owners made money from ghost tours and scary stories.

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Now You Can Rent And Stay In A Harry Potter-Themed Apartment

This is perfect for Wizards and Muggles alike!

Every Harry Potter fan dreams of getting into Hogwarts, the fictional school of witchcraft and wizardry popularized by J.K. Rowling's books. But now, they do have a chance of staying for a night or two on a Harry Potter-themed apartment.

Super fan Yue Gao opened the Canongate Luxury Apartment in Scottish Capital - the birthplace of the Rowling. The place overlooks Edinburgh's Royal Mile and is available for rent all year-round.

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