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Chomei-ji Temple in Shiga, Japan.

Chomei-ji Temple

The secret to long life turns out to be 808 precarious stone steps and a beautiful view of Lake Biwa.

Atami Adult Museum Shizuoka Japan

Atami Adult Museum

The last Showa-era Japanese Sex Museum. This is definitely NSFW.

Kumano Sanzan (Three Grand Shrines of Kumano)

Partake in ancient tradition by making a pilgrimage to three of Japan’s most important shrines.

Okunoin Cemetery Mount Koya on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail

Kumano Kodo: Kohechi Route

This demanding trek is for seasoned hikers only, but gorgeous views and the unearthly Mount Koya are sure to take anyone’s breath away.

Hashikui-iwa Rocks Kumano Kodo Ohechi Coastal Route in Wakayama Japan

Kumano Kodo: Ohechi Route

Take the road less traveled on this coastal hiking trail once sought out by poets and painters for artistic inspiration.

Hyakken-Gura lookout point Nakahechi Route Kumano Kodo JNTO

Kumano Kodo: Nakahechi Route

This stunning trek through Wakayama Prefecture was once favored by emperors and nobles.

Kumano Kodo pilgrimage hiking trail in Japan

A Guide to Hiking the Kumano Kodo

Walk in the presence of the gods as you follow these ancient pilgrimage trails in Western Japan.

Kumano Kodo pilgrimage Iseji Route.

Kumano Kodo: Iseji Route

Pay your respects to Ise Jingu, Japan’s most holy shrine, and hike in the footsteps of the gods in Mie Prefecture.

Yokokura temple

The Mummy of Yokokura Temple

The mummified remains of an 18th-century monk resides in this peaceful rural temple.

Ryusuiji Dainichibo.

A Guide on Where to See the Mummies of Yamagata

Worship the dead at these temples featuring Japan’s self-mummified monks.

The Tomb of Emperor Nintoku (Daisen Kofun)

A distinct keyhole-shaped burial mound that's considered the largest in the world. Exactly who’s buried here, however, is a bit of a mystery.