Gion

Specialities Traditional - The original Japanese pleasure quarter, Gion is Kyoto condensed into a scene straight out of Memoirs of a Geisha. This is where you might just...

Sanjusangendo

Specialities Shrines & Temples - Sanjusangendo, also called Rengeo-in, is a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. You wouldn't know it from the outside but the elongated hallway secretly ...

Ryoanji Temple

Specialities Shrines & Temples - Although it’s certainly not the only rock garden of its kind, Ryoanji Temple has been drawing daily visitors in their hundreds to its contemplative gr...

Ryogoku

Specialities Traditional - The spiritual and physical home of sumo, Ryogoku is where centuries of Japanese tradition continue to live and breathe right in the whirl of modern...

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Specialities Shrines & Temples - Known for its thousands of blazing vermillion torii gates, the Fushimi Inari Shrine draws visitors up and around its winding trail to worship the Shin...

Kawagoe

Specialities Cities, Traditional - A picturesque old merchant town within 30 minutes train ride of Tokyo, Kawagoe is a great way to swap the frenzy of the capital for...

Otaru

Specialities Cities - Elegantly picturesque with its old-fashioned street lanterns and European-style buildings, Otaru is a charming port city flush with nostalgia that is ...

Otoyo Shrine

Specialities Culture, Shrines & Temples, Traditional - Otoyo Shrine is easy to walk past but that would be a big mistake. With an unassuming entrance at the south end of the Philosopher’s...

Kushida Shrine

Specialities Shrines & Temples - Located in the heart of Hakata near the Kawabata commercial district, the Kushida Shrine is often thought of by locals as the guardian temple of...

Udo Jingu

Specialities Shrines & Temples - Set into a rugged cave hugged by the dramatic shores of the Nichinan Coast, the Udo Jingu is a unique and photogenic shrine straight from...

Nanzenji Temple

Specialities Shrines & Temples - Beating at the heart of Zen since 1386, Nanzen-ji is famed for its massive main entrance, Roman-style aqueduct, and twelve sub-temples serving up tast...

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