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213 (4) the Japan Sea. The trip from Ninko to Zenkoji and the Japan Sea will take you through[[?]] picturesque country and at the base of many famous mountains, and will require, to take in well, about one week. You will find along this route many interesting places to visit, particularly between Zenkoji and the Japan Sea. Of course you will make the trip through the Inland Sea to Nagasaka. From Nagasaka delightful [[?]]na trips can be made, the extent varying of course with the time you can devote to pleasure. Should you be in Kioto or Tokio during the time of the "cherry dance", do not miss it. It is a ceremonial dance participated in by the leading dancing girls of all Japan and is extremely beautiful. At Tokio and Kioto the imperial palaces and their surrounding gardens are places of great beauty and should be visited. Our minister at Tokio will obtain permits for you. I suggest that you make early application for the permits so that you will have them with you whenever it is convenient to use them. One or two of the great gardens at Tokio are open only on special days of the week, but Minister Dunn will doubtless arrange for you to visit them on any day you desire. I presume you are aware that there is a Guides Association in Japan, to which all the licensed guides belong, and while it is an infernal nuisance I presume you will find it better to patronize the association rather than go to the trouble of looking up a convenient interpreter outside of the association. If your stay in Japan were to be a long one I would recommend you to find some intelligent student rather [[?]] yourself to a professional guide, but the fact is that these professional guides control the situation if a man is in a hurry, because they have the choice of jinriksha men, the choice of rooms at all hotels except the Grand Hotel at Yokohama and the Imperial at Tokio and they manipulate affairs at the temples and places of sight-seeing to such an extent
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