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  • Day Trip to Kamakura station area

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    Kamakura is a place rich in nature and surrounded by mountains and the sea. You can visit it many times and never tire of it. There are many temples and shrines as well as blooming flowers that can be enjoyed during all seasons, especially the time of the hydrangeas and the fall colors which unfold to form splendid scenery. You can spend your extra time experiencing zen meditation, writing a copy of Buddhist sutra, or tracing pictures of a Buddhist image. There are plenty of famous stores with delicious food or traditional art. Let’s take a walk around Kamakura!

     

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    2. Getting in
    3. Other Area List

     

    1. Spot ranking in Kamakura Station area

     

    5th. Kamakura Owl Forest

    Kamakura Owl Forest is a spot where you can enjoy observing and touching owls up-close. Inside the Komachi Street building, you can touch real owls of various sizes. There are not just owls, but squirrels as well, which can all be hand-fed by you. There are many cute owl souvenirs all gathered together in the gift shop. The entrance fee is 680 yen for middle school students and up, 480 yen for children aged 4 to elementary school, and free for children 3 and under. Hours of operation are 10:00 am to 5:30 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

    Access

    It is located on Komachi Street, just a 5 minute walk from the east exit of JR Enoden Kamakura Station.

     

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    4th. Egaraten-Jinja

    Minamotono Yoritomo, who opened Kamakura Shogunate in 1180, also made Egaraten-Jinja. The god of scholarship, Sugawara no Michizane, is enshrined here. He helps honest and hardworking people, so many people visit his shrine. The sacred tree of“Ichō”is a large tree standing at a height of 25 meters tall and with a circomfrance of 10 meters. In the autumn, the tree is lit-up with beautiful golden colors. It is a famous place for plum trees as there are 100 different plum trees planted here. Plum tree viewing is from the end of January to the beginning of March. Free worship times are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

    Access

    From JR Enoden Kamakura Station take the Keikyu Bus Line 4 to “Daiga Palace”, get off at “Tenshimae”, and walk 3 minutes.

     

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    3rd. Wakamiya Ōji

    Wakamiya Ōji is a path leading from Yuigahigahama to Tsuruoka Hachimangu and is said to have been built by Minamotono Yoritomo in 1182 to pray for the safe delivery of his wife’s child Masako. From the seaside the first, second, and third Japanese torii arches lined up. From the second torrii arch to the third torii arch, there is an elevated path called “Dankazura”. There are restaurants , cafes, and boutiques lined up left and right on Wakamiya Ōji. It was chosen as one of Japan’s top 100 things to do. Komachi Street has as few stores with Kamakura’s traditional artwork and shops with Kamaura sculptures.

    Access

    To get there, go to JR Enoden Kamakura Station, leave from the east exit, and walk 3 minutes.

     

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    2nd. Komachi Street

    From Kamakura Station to Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine there are a lot of souvenir shops on Komachi Street. It is a sightseeing spot where many tourists gather. No matter when you visit, the area is always crowded with tourists from overseas, families, couples, students and so on. It is a good place to eat while walking around and there are many restaurants and cafes. Kamakura’s famous candy like “Tomisakiya no hatosabure”and “Kamakura goro no hangetsu” are sold on Komachi Street and are popular even with people who don’t care for Japanese candy.

    Access

    To get to Komachi Street go to JR Enoden Kamakura Station and leave from the east exit. Look for the special large red torii arch where the entrance is.

     

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    1st. Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine

    In 1063, a warrior calleld Genji Yoshimasa opened Kyoto’s Shishimizu Hachimangu Shrine for prayer to protect the Yuigahigahama area. It was moved to it’s current location at the time when Minamotono Yoritomo started the Kamakura Shogunate. After that, the city of Kamakura was built with Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine in the middle. Kamakura’s streets, the waking path in-between the two lanes of traffic, and the mountains behind the magnificent Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine have been symbols of Kamakura since long ago and are very popular. On the plaque raised above the gate that says “Hachimangū”there is the charatcer for “eight” represented by a pair of doves.

    The dove is the messenger of the god Yawata and thus Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine is also known as “Igumi” (dove palace). Beautiful Japanese scenery can be seen here. Dove motifs made into protective amulets and printing books are special souvenirs of Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Shrine. Worship time is from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

    Access

    The treasure gallery is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Go to JR Enoden Kamakura Station, leave from the east exit, and walk 10 minutes.

     

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    2. Getting to Kamakura Station from Tokyo

    From Tokyo Station, take JR Yokosuka line for Kurihama. It takes about 55 minutes to Kamakura. The fare is ¥920.

     

     

    3. Other area list

    Zaimokuza – Omachi area

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    Kamakura station area

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    Kita Kamakura area (Northern Kamakura area)

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    Inamuragasaki – Shichirigahama area

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    Hase – Yuigahama area

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  • Day Trip to Enoshima from Tokyo

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    Enoshima has been known as a tied land and loved by tourists as a sightseeing spot for a long time. Enoshima area includes not only Enoshima itself but also Katase and southern part of Kugenuma, which are on the opposite shore of Enoshima. Enoshima is one of the best scenic spot in Shonan area, and you can enjoy historic landmarks designated by Kanagawa prefecture, scenic spots, and 100 landscapes of Japan.

    Since Enoshima is close to Kamakura where there are a lot of shrines and temples, many tourists explore both areas in one day as a set course. However, we recommend you stay Enoshima and enjoy from lunchtime till sunset. At Enoshima shrine, you can feel and learn spirits and history of Japan.

    At Enoshima Aquarium, you can enjoy watching a dolphin show seeing Mt. Fuji at back. Enoshima has too many sightseeing spots to explore in a short time, so please make sure that you spend a whole day and enjoy yourself in Enoshima.

     

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    5th. Enoshima Iwaya Caves

    Enoshima Iwaya Caves located at the innermost area of Enoshima is formed by long-aged erosion of waves. There are 2 caves, one is Iwaya No.1(152m of length) , which is said to be connected to the underground of Mt. Fuji. The other is Iwaya No.2(56m of length) , which has the legend of dragon god. Not only the inside of the cave, but also there are an open space (128m of length) where you can see the whole view of Sagami Bay, Mt.Fuji, and Hakone/Izu area.

    This cave used to be an object of faith as it was said to be that a god called Benzaiten appeared when Kobo Taishi visited this cave, and also Minamotono Yoritomo visited to pray for winning battles.
    When you walk through the inside of this cave with a candle, you will be surrounded by the mysterious atmosphere.

    You will also be able to meet the dragon god waiting at the innermost of the cave. There are lights and BGM inside that make the cave more beautiful. While you are walking through the cave, you will see some exhibitions about the history and culture of Enoshima. Enoshima Iwaya Cave is open from 9:00-18:00 in Sep, 9:00-17:00 in Oct, 9:00-16:00 during Nov to Jan, 9:00-17:00 during Feb to Mar. *In case of Typhoon or bad weather, the cave will be closed or opening hour may change. The admission fee is 500 yen for over high school students, 200 yen for elementary/junior high school students.

    Access

    To get to Enoshima Iwaya Caves: from Katase-Enoshima Station of Odajyu Enoshima Line, walk for 30 minutes.

     

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    4th. Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau

    Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau is an open shore having a flat and wide rocky stretch. The name is derived from Chigo no Shiragiku of Kamakura Soshoin Temple, who jumped into the sea and killed himself because of the love for a man.

    The view of sunset seen on the other side of Mt. Fuji and waves splashing whenever it washes the shore together are so splendid and chosen as “50 selection of picturesque sceneries in Kanagawa”.

    Until you reach to the area where Enoshima Iwaya Caves and Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau are located, there are steps and rocky stretch so you need to walk up and down. If it is difficult to walk to get there, there is a sightseeing boat called “Benten-Maru”, which makes a round trip between Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau and Enoshima Bentenbashi Bridge.

    Access

    To get to Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau: from Katase-Enoshima Station of Odajyu Enoshima Line, walk for 30 minutes. Or, from Enoshima Station of Enoshima Electric Railway, walk for 40 minutes. Or, from Shonan Enoshima Station of Shonan monorail, walk for 40 minutes.

    A parking lot inside the island is also available. A sightseeing boat “Benten-Maru” operating irregularly depending on the weather and waves condition. The passage fare is 400 yen for over junior high school students, and 200 yen for over 6.

     

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    3rd. Samuel Cocking Garden

    Enoshima sea candle is located inside of Samuel Cocking Garden, and is a light station which is a symbol of Shonan. The observation room in the light station is located at the 101.5m above sea level, so there is no obstruction to the view from there. You can enjoy the panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, Izu Peninsula, Hakone or Mt. Tanzawa. The outlook of this light station is like a candle standing on a hill in Enoshima sea.

    The light station has a light up in different colors depending on the season, and when they have a event, they have a light up show with the combination of music. Since this light station have both inside and outside observation room, and they have a events regularly, many people love to visit this place throughout the year.

    There are restaurants, cafes or gift shops around this area, so you can spend relaxed time in Enoshima. To get to Enoshima Sea Candle, you need to go up to the top by Enoshima Esker, a pay escalator, or several hundred steps of stairs. At the top, you can enjoy not only Enoshima Sea Candle but also LONCAFE, a famous French toast cafe, or Samuel Cocking Garden.

    If you would like to buy a set ticket, it includes Enoshima Esker, Samuel Cocking Garden, and Enoshima Sea Candle with 750 yen for adults, and 370 yen for kids. Enoshima Sea Candle is open from 9:00-20:00 (last entry: 19:30), 7 days a week. The Enoshima Esker is operating from 9:00-19:05. The admission fee is 300 yen for adults, and 150 yen for kids. The Esker costs 360 yen for adults, 180 yen for kids.

    Access

    To get to Enoshima Sea Candle: from Katase-Enoshima Station of Odakyu Enoshima Line, walk for 20 minutes. Or from Enoshima Station of Enoshima Electric Railway, walk for 25 minutes. Or from Shonan-Enoshima Station of Shonan monorail, walk for 26 minutes. A parking lot inside the island is also available.

     

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    2nd. Enoshima Aquarium

    Enoshima Aquarium is located right before you go across the bridge to Enoshima. You can enjoy ”the Big Tank of Sagami Bay” which shows the ecology of Sagami Bay, or a dolphin show where you can also see the Mt. Fuji while watching the show.You cannot miss the fishes that could be seen only in Sagami Bay, and deep-sea fishes.

    In addition, there are seasonal events held throughout the year, and you can enjoy “space of jellyfish”, a 3D projection mapping in a fantastic atmosphere or a dolphin show which the dolphins are jumping and making a great splash. Enoshima Aquarium is open 7 days a week from 9:00-17:00 (last entry) during Mar to Nov, open irregularly during winter season.

    The admission fee is 2400 yen for adults, 1500 yen for high school students, 1000 yen for elementary/junior high school students, and 600 yen for over 3.

    Access

    To get to Enoshima Aquarium: rom Katase-Enoshima Station of Odakyu Enoshima Line, walk for 3 minutes. Or from Enoshima Station of Enoshima Electric Railway, walk for 10 minutes. Or from Shonan-Enoshima Station of Shonan monorail, walk for 10 minutes. A parking lot near the aquarium is also available.

     

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    1st. Enoshima Shrine

    Enoshima Shrine is a shrine where the temple is located several different places inside of the island, and the Benzaiten of 3 sisters are enshrined. Enoshima is also well known as “home of dragon god”, a place to worship of dragon god in Kanto area.

    “Hetsumiya temple” where the 3rd-born daughter is enshrined is known for having a luck with money, so if you visit here, make sure to wash your coins at the Zeniarai Pond.
    When you walk inside of the precincts of Hetsumiya temple, you will see a octagon shaped hall called Hoan-den. There, Myoou Benzaiten, a god of music entertainment, and Happi Benzaiten, a god of luck who has weapons in her 8 hands.

    “Nakatsumiya temple” where the second-born daughter of Enoshima Shrine is enshrined, is known as a god of beauty. It is said to be that if you visit, you will be demanded by people and get the energy of success. When you walk to the innermost of this temple, you will see a statue of Fudomyoou (Aka Fudou) named Enoshima Daishi. This statue is 6m in height, and most biggest inside-placed statue in Japan.

    “Okutsumiya temple” where the first-born daughter is enshrined, and is known as a god of cutting the evil fate. If you come with your boyfriend/girlfriend, make sure to walk through under a Torii (an archway) separately.

    Besides Okutsumiya temple, there is another temple called “Wadatsumiya temple” where the dragon god is enshrined. Since there is a legend about the love between dragon god and Benzaiten, this temple is known as a temple of marriage (matchmaking). To get to the temple at the top of the mountain, you need to take the Esker, a pay escalator, or a long stairs.

    Access

    To get to Enoshima Shrine: from Katase-Enoshima Station of Odakyu Enoshima Line, walk for 20 minutes. Or from Enoshima Station of Enoshima Electric Railway, walk for 25 minutes. Or from Shonan-Enoshima Station of Shonan monorail, walk for 26 minutes. A parking lot inside the island is also available.

     

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    2. Getting to Enoshima station from Kamakura station

    From Kamakura Station, take Enoden line go to Enoshima. It takes 25 minutes from Kamakura.

     

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    3. Kamakura area list

     

    Zaimokuza – Omachi area

     

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    Kamakura station area

     

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    Kita Kamakura area (Northern Kamakura area)

     

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    Inamuragasaki – Shichirigahama area

     

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    Hase – Yuigahama area

     

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    Kanazawa Kaido area


     

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    Enoshima area


     

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  • Day Trip to Norikura

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    This area belongs to Chūbu-Sangaku National Park; it is known its rich nature surrounding such as IchinoseEnchi in Nagano Prefecture. At famous Norikura Daisetsuki, visitors would be able to enjoy skiing during spring/summer season since they would keep its natural snow. On the top of Mt. Norikura, alpine plants would start blooming from early July; at Shirakaba Pass, visitors can enjoy observing Hawks during autumn season.

    The autumn leaves colour changing would start from the end of September at On the top of Mt. Norikura, and it would finish around the end of October at the plateau. Its skiing season offers high quality snow to enjoy winter sports. This area has a famous hot spring resort; it offers 4 different types of hot spring including milky water hot spring.

    The best gourmet food in this area would be Yaiya which is a local name for Japanese traditional dumping like food Oyaki. The skin would be made out of flour and Soba flour; sweet bean paste or cooked vegetables would be inside, then it would be pan flied. Yaiya skin would be thicker than the traditional style thus it would be filling. Please try it!

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    1. 1. Spot Ranking
    2. 5th Yukemurikan
    3. 4th Sanbondaki Waterfall
    4. 3rd Bandokoro Otaki Falls
    5. 2nd Mount Norikuradake
    6. 1st Ichinose Meadow
    7. 2. Getting in
    8. 3. Other Area List

    1. Spot Ranking in Norikura area

    5th. Yukemurikan

    Yukemurikan is located at Norikura plateau hot spring; it opened in April 2013 at a new location with a new building. This hot spring resort offer in and outside health suites and visitors can enjoy the great view of Mt. Norikura everywhere. This open-spaced offering resort has all carpeting floor which creates relaxing atmosphere. They offer authentic Japanese hospitality.
    Yukemurikan use milky hot spring that was found at Ohbi sliver mine that was discovered by the famous samurai Takeda Shingen. The legend said it that he used to bath in the hot spring to heal himself from the tiredness of discovery this mine. Nowadays, this hot spring is still healing people.

    The opening time is 9:30~21:00(the last entrance 20:00). The price is 720 yen for an adult /300 yen for a child over 3.

    Access

    From Matsumoto Station, take Alpico Kōtsū, the Kamikōchi Line towards Shinshimashima Station and get off at Shinshimashima Station. From the station, take Alpico bus service for about 1 hour and get off at Norikura plateau.

     

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    4th. Sanbondaki Waterfall

    Sanbondaki Waterfall is name of three waterfalls that flow thorough Norikura plateau: Koohno river and its tributaries. This dynamic scenery would remind visitors a Japanese traditional painting. Sanbondaki Waterfall is chosen to be one of the best 100 waterfalls in Japan. The waterfall falls amongst wild trees. This spot is especially wonderful during spring and autumn. Please visit during those seasons.
    The spot is open all year around. The entrance is free.

    Access

    From Matsumoto Station, take Alpico Kōtsū, the Kamikōchi Line towards Shinshimashima Station and get off at Shinshimashima Station. From the station, take Alpico bus service Norikura Spring Mountain for 1 hour and 10 min. get off at Sanbondaki Waterfall.

     

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    3rd. Bandokoro Otaki Falls

    Bandokoro Otaki Falls is the biggest waterfall in Norikura plateau; it falls from 40 meters high and it’s 15 meters wide. It was created when Mt. Norikura was erupted. It creates dynamic sceneries; visitors are able to enjoy the waterfall from the front as well as from the top; the path to get to the top of the waterfall was recently made available.

    Norikurashizenhogo Center is located near the bottom of the waterfall; visitors are able to learn about geographical details of this natural phenomenon. There is a gazebo at the bottom of the waterfall to enjoy the view.

    Access

    From Matsumoto Station, take Alpico Kōtsū, the Kamikōchi Line towards Shinshimashima Station and get off at Shinshimashima Station. From the station, take Alpico bus service towards Norikura plateau, ride about 45 min and get off at Otaki. It is about 5 min walk from the bus stop.

     

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    2nd. Mount Norikuradake

    Mount Norikuradake is located the northern part of Northern Alps. ( a Japanese mountain range) Its Volcanic crater is the highest point of 3,026m, it has 23 peaks, 7 lakes and 8 plateaus. Mount Norikuradake was created about 1‘000’000 years ago due to its volcanic activities. Due to its shape is like horse’s saddle, it was named Norikura which means horse’s saddle in old Japanese.

    The best local produce good of this area would be Mount Norikuradake winter sake Hakuun. Niki Sake Brewery is a local sake brewery in HidaTakayama, their Daiginjo Himuro (top-quality sake brewed from rice grains milled to 50% of weight or less) was kept under low temperature at Mount Norikuradake for 1 year to enrich its taste. This becomes Hakuun; sake lovers must try this! The price is 2500 yen for one bottle. ※under Japanese law, under 20 is prohibited to drink any alcohol.

    Access

    From Matsumoto Station, take Alpico Kōtsū, the Kamikōchi Line towards Shinshimashima Station and get off at Shinshimashima Station. From the station, take Alpico bus Shirahone Hot Spring Line, ride about 50 min and get off at Norikurashizenhogo Center.

     

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    1st. Ichinose Meadow

    Ichinose Meadow includes a pond, a stream, a wetland and many more wild life of Nagano prefecture. Asian skunk-cabbages and Japanese azaleas grow in this green area. From the end of April to early summer, their flowers would be blooming. It is also recommended to cycle around its plateau area during spring season. For those people who love to enjoy this wild habitat thoroughly, there is a camping site; the site is suited for all visitors from a family to a couple.

    Access

    From Matsumoto Station, take Alpico Kōtsū, the Kamikōchi Line towards Shinshimashima Station and get off at Shinshimashima Station. From the station, take Alpico bus service towards Norikura plateau, ride about 50 min and get off at Sightseeing center Front. It is about 20 min walk from the bus stop.

     

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    2. Getting in

    From Matsumoto Station, take Alpico Kōtsū, the Kamikōchi Line towards Shinshimashima Station, the duration would be about 30 min to Shinshimashima Station. The Price is 700 yen.
     

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    3. Nagano Area list

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    Nagano City

     

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    Togakushi

     

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    Obuse


     

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    Shigakogen


     

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    Nozawa Onsen


     

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    Tateshina – Venus Line


     

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    Lake Suwa, Kami-Suwa Onsen and Shimo-Suwa Onsen


     

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    Azumino

     

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    Hakuba

     

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    Matsumoto


     

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    Kamikochi


     

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    Norikura


     

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