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This page shows puzzles that are no longer available, just for historical curiosity, and for completeness.

In some cases puzzles are reissued with a different code number: if you have the old code number from somewhere, this page should show you the replacement (which may still be available).

2542 pieces

Shirakawa-go houses
© Epoch
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Shirakawa-go houses

A fine summer day in this historic village in the Japanese alps. These gassh┼Źzukuri houses, named after a supposed resemblance between the roof and hands at prayer, were built to house extended families of up to forty people, and are now part of a World Heritage site.

Looking across a ripening paddy field, a row of foxgloves in the foreground adds an extra accent to this big challenge puzzle...

Wikipedia article

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Discontinued November 2016
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76607 (76-607 on box)
Retail price ¥3400

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2016 pieces

Oirase rapids
© Epoch
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Oirase rapids

The Oirase river flows out of Lake Towada east to the sea, and the steep descent provides a renowmed beauty spot. Here mountain azaleas provide splashes of colour amid the green.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23532 (23-532 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Nagano flower road
© Epoch
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Nagano flower road

Flowers line a hiking trail in the mountains of central Japan — the approach to Ontake-san, the 3067-metre high mountain seen in the distance. Long revered as one of the sacred high peaks, this volcano long regarded as extinct suddenly erupted in 1979.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23567 (23-567 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Ryuzu falls
© Amanaimages
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Ryuzu falls

These falls (near Nikko, in Tochigi) descend 60 metres in a gently inclined torrent extending for 200 metres. The name is derived from the appearance of the huge rock separating the two streams at the lower end of the falls, which is said to resemble the head of a dragon.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23568 (23-568 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Nabegataki falls
© Epoch
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Nabegataki falls

This waterfall high in the mountains of Kyushu has been made more famous by repeated appearance in TV commercials. At 10 m high and 20 m wide it is impressive enough, but its other claim to fame is that you can walk through the large cave behind the curtain of water. This gives it the alternative name of Urami-no-taki, literally "seen behind falls".

Photos including the reverse view

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E24602 (24-602 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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2000 pieces

Shirakawa-go - early summer
© Epoch
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Shirakawa-go - early summer

An idyllic scene by a country cottage in the traditional style of the Japan Alps (in the famous preserved village of Shirakawa-go). The yellow flowers in the stream in the foreground are kakitsubata, a delicate but very common variety of iris.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Shirakawa-go

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An Epoch puzzle: 2000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E19007 (19-007 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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1900 pieces

Shiraito falls
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Shiraito falls

Shiraito-no-taki, or "White-thread falls" is just west of Mt. Fuji. With a drop of 25 m, and a total width of 200 m, this is only the most famous of many waterfalls of this name.

* Combination of 1500 + 400 small-piece puzzles

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An Epoch puzzle: 1900 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E17601 (17-601 on box)
Retail price ¥3500

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1518 pieces

Tashiroike
© Epoch
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Tashiroike

High in the Japan Alps, the highest chain of mountains running north-south across the main island, the banks of this winding lake are fringed with wild azaleas.

More about wild azaleas in Sano Gallery

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1518 pieces; 102 x 34 cm (40" x 13")
Code: E18502 (18-502 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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1500 pieces

Dawn over Hokkaido lavender
© Epoch
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Dawn over Hokkaido lavender

A dramatic dawn view of the lavender fields in Furano, Hokkaido. This is one of Epoch's "graded" series (2 kyu), so it is not designed to be easy...

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An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E14507 (14-507 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Furano lavender fields
© Yamamoto Keisuke
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Furano lavender fields

Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, has a gentler topography, and climate ideal for flower growing. Lavender fields provide a dash of brilliant colour in the summer countryside — and nearly half of the puzzle area is purple blossom, so do note expect it to be very easy!

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15546 (15-546 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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1000 pieces

Mashûko
© Appleone
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Mashûko

Mashûko - or Lake Mashu if you prefer - is a deep (140 m) caldera lake, with some of the clearest water in the world. What most of the guide books fail to mention is that this beautiful view is rather rare; when I went there, we saw nothing but thick cloud, above, below, and all around.

The wild orange lilies in the foreground are a common feature of the Japanese summer landscape.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10297 (1000-297 on box)
Retail price ¥2400

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Hokkaido poppies
© Beverly Enterprises
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Hokkaido poppies

Hokkaidô is the northernmost large island of Japan, with very different topography. Rolling hills and pastures give it a much more "European" feel than the islands further south. Here brilliant red poppies lie next to a swathe of purple lavender; we are not given the exact location.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B100110 (100-110 on box)
Retail price ¥1980

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Hokkaido lavender fields
© Beverly Enterprises
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Hokkaido lavender fields

A little cooler than most of Japan, the northern island of Hokkaido is ideal for flower growing. Here lavender stretches as far as the eye can see, even lending a purple haze to the distance.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B100120 (100-120 on box)
Retail price ¥1980

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Hokkaido sunflowers
© Beverly Enterprises
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Hokkaido sunflowers

Hokkaidô, the northernmost large island of Japan, is typified by gentle landscapes that give it a much more "European" feel than the other islands. Vincent van Gogh would surely have felt at home in this field of sunflowers, outside the town of Biei.

The official Biei town website (in Japanese)

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B100121 (100-121 on box)
Retail price ¥1980

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Karasawa falls
© Beverly Enterprises
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Karasawa falls

One of Japan's many medium-sized waterfalls, with a drop of about 15 metres. Actually not the only one called Karasawa-no-taki, either - I found two in Nagano prefecture alone, but it's fairly clear that ours is the one at Sugadaira. The splash of golden yellow in the foreground is the very common yamabuki, well-known to Western gardeners as the shrub Kerria.

Japanese sites with photographs of Karasawa-no-taki: The one in the puzzle - Another one (further south: Kiso-Fukushima)

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 49 x 72 cm (19" x 28")
Code: B100126 (100-126 on box)
Retail price ¥1980

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Ozegahara
© Epoch
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Ozegahara

Ozenuma, or "Oze swamp," is another name for this wetland area, right on the junction of Tochigi, Niigata, and Gunma prefectures. It's also an easy train ride from Tokyo, and a popular destination for hikers, hence requiring a twin boardwalk. This is early summer, when the wetland is covered with yellow lilies.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10120 (10-120S on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Tashiroike
© Epoch
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Tashiroike

High in the Japan Alps, the highest chain of mountains running north-south across the main island, the banks of this winding lake are fringed with wild azaleas.

More about wild azaleas in Sano Gallery

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10121 (10-121S on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Lake Mashuko
© Epoch
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Lake Mashuko

Mashûko - or Lake Mashu if you prefer - is a deep (140 m) caldera lake, with some of the clearest water in the world. What most of the guide books fail to mention is that this beautiful view is rather rare; when I went there, we saw nothing but thick cloud, above, below, and all around.

The wild orange lilies in the foreground are a common feature of the Japanese summer landscape.

(From the Epoch "Power Spot" collection)

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11364 (11-364 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Hida paddy fields
© Epoch
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Hida paddy fields

The famous preserved village of Shirakawagô has its extended-family houses surrounded by paddy fields, showing that rice can be grown even in the high valleys of the Japan Alps. The Hida name is the ancient kuni name of this area; it's now part of Gifu.

Photo note: I hesitated about this puzzle. It's a good close up view of paddy fields, but even given today's fashion for highly saturated photographs, I find the colours exaggerated. It is a fun puzzle to do, though, because of the reflection symmetry.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E83188 (1000SN-188 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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500 pieces

Azumino
© Beverly Enterprises
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Azumino

An idyllic rural scene high in the Northern Alps. But this particular view is very well known, because the water mill was featured in Yume (Dream), the film by Kurosawa Akira.

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A Beverly puzzle: 500 pieces; 49 x 36 cm (19" x 14")
Code: B050119 (050-119 on box)
Retail price ¥1280

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420 pieces

Oirase in summer
© Amana Images
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Oirase in summer

The Oirase river flows out of Lake Towada east to the sea, and the steep descent provides a renowmed beauty spot. Delicate shades of wild azaleas provide splashes of colour amid the green.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 52 x 18 cm (20" x 7")
Code: E52702 (52-702 on box)
Retail price ¥1500

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300 pieces

Mamako falls with azaleas
© Higashida Yuji
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Mamako falls with azaleas

Mamako falls in Kyushu makes an impressive sight with its 20-metre drop.

The photographer, Higashida Yuji comments that because the location is overshadowed by trees he chose an overcast day in March, bringing out a rich palette of colour both in the azaleas and the tones of the water surface.

Technical details: Linhof Master Technika 4x5 Field Camera, Nikkor 300 mm, 4 seconds at f/64; Fujichrome Velvia

Detail
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A Yanoman puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: Y03644 (03-644 on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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