Shrines & Temples

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Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Follow the path to riches through 10,000 vermillion torii gates.

Kannon is the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. You'll spot incarnations of this many-armed goddess throughout Japan.

Sanjusangendo

Don’t be fooled by Sanjusangendo’s austere exterior; concealed within these dark wooden walls are a 1001 statutes of the Goddess of Mercy, all built to human scale.

The Naiku of the Ise Jingu enshrines the sun goddess Amaterasu, the mother of the Japan.

Ise

Ise is the original pilgrim's playground; home to Japan's holiest shrine and some of the friendliest people you'll encounter.

Miyajima Shrine Japan

Miyajima

Cross the floating boundary between the human and spirit world.

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 15, 2015: Yokohama's Chinatown district at night. It is the largest Chinatown in Japan.

Yokohama Chinatown

If you can deal without the Great Wall or the Terracotta Army, then you can get on with your life knowing that there’s a not-so-little slice of China just half an hour away from Tokyo.

Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto Japan in Autumn

Kiyomizudera Temple

Take the plunge at one of Kyoto's most iconic sights.

Ryoanji Temple

Find your zen at one of the world’s famous meditative rock gardens—serenity-seeking tourists tested, UNESCO approved.

Sensoji Temple in Asakusa , Tokyo

Asakusa

The grand temple of Senso-ji looms large in the heart of Tokyo’s downtown.

Shitennoji Temple Osaka Japan

Shitenno-ji Temple

One of Japan's oldest temples where you'll find the cutest pond of turtles and occasionally naked men.

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.

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.