Princess Mako Visits Machu Picchu


Princess Mako visits Machu Picchu

Japan's Princess Mako has visited the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru and a village that once had a Japanese immigrant as its chief.

Princess Mako is the eldest daughter of Crown Prince and Princess Akishino. She is on an official trip to Peru and Bolivia to mark the 120th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese immigrants to the countries.

The princess strolled Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage, for about two hours on Saturday, local time. The ruins are situated on a mountain at an altitude of about 2,400 meters.

Standing at the top of a platform overlooking the ruins, she said the place has something special that is difficult to describe with words.

The princess later visited the village of Machupicchu at the foot of the mountain. She was received by the village chief and other people.

Japanese immigrant Yokichi Nouchi served as village chief in 1948 after immigrating to Peru from Fukushima Prefecture.

Princess Mako was briefed on his contributions by his grandson, Cesar Yoshiro Nouchi, at the village office.

The princess will leave Peru on Sunday and travel to Bolivia.