Shimabara Castle

Specialities Castles - Perched on the eastern edge of the Shimabara Peninsula, this five-storied, white castle is a key feature of Shimabara city. What most don’t realize...

Nagoya Castle

Specialities Castles - If you’re into your samurai history (or you’ve just watched History of Japan on YouTube too many times) then you’ll be excited to know that one...

Meigetsuin Temple

Specialities Shrines & Temples - Located only 60 minutes away from Tokyo, Meigetsu-in is a temple with a well-kept garden that is probably Kamakura’s not-so-well-kept secret. Altho...

Shuri Castle

Specialities Castles - Inscribed on the World Heritage list in 2000, the red Shuri Castle is a reminder of the flourishing Ryukyu Kingdom, when overseas trade networks linki...

Bentenjima and Inasanohama Beach

Specialities Beaches, Shrines & Temples - In spiritual Shimane prefecture, there's a sacred beach where eight million gods are believed to congregate once a year to determine the destiny of lo...

Dazaifu Tenmangu

Specialities Shrines & Temples - Towering over the streets of Dazaifu city in Fukuoka prefecture, the Dazaifu Tenmangu is one of many shrines dedicated to Tenjin, the Shinto god of...

Kenchoji Temple

Specialities Shrines & Temples - Esteemed as the first Zen training monastery of its kind back in 1253, Kencho-ji Temple’s still reigns supreme, taking the number one spot in Kamakura...

Hiroshima Castle

Specialities Castles - While many Japanese castles share similar architectural designs, Hiroshima Castle has every imaginable feature associated with a medieval fortress: a ...

Hinomisaki Shrine

Specialities Shrines & Temples - Located 8 kilometers north of Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine lies another ancient shrine painted red and encircled by a grove of old pine trees. The ver...

Matsushima

Specialities Shrines & Temples - The subject of Japanese poetry since forever ago, Miyagi prefecture's Matsushima not only ranks as a top travel spot in Tohoku but is also one of the ...

Mount Daisen

Specialities Shrines & Temples - Soaring straight out from the Sea of Japan at a height of 1729 meters, Mount Daisen is the highest, and holiest, mountain in the Chugoku...

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