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Otoyo Shrine

While Komainu statues, regal lion-dogs who stand guard at the gates of shrines and temples, are a familiar sight throughout Japan, Otoyo Shrine has an altogether different security detail...

Shimabara Castle

It caused such a strain on the local populace that it was one of the factors behind the Shimabara Rebellion erupting from 1637 to 1638...

Tsuboya Pottery Street

It’s no exaggeration to say that Tsuboya Pottery District is the bona fide birthplace of yachimun - a regional word describing all pottery made by Okinawan artisans that uses only indigenous soil...

Teshima

Somewhere near the edge of the world floats Teshima, a remote and sparsely-populated island sheltering mystifying works of contemporary art...

National Theatre of Japan

The larger theatre often holds performances of the famous traditional Japanese arts like Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku...

Jimbocho

Tattered (meaning well-loved) boxes of second-hand fiction can be rifled through as part of a store’s outside display, with many items going for as little as 100 yen...

Harajuku

With devoted fans like Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani and more home-grown talent Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, it’s no surprise that Harajuku has gained legendary status...

Konosu

While rural Konosu is known for being home to the widest part of the Arakawa river - itself, Japan’s widest river - that isn't really why people visit...

Fukuoka Yatai

One of Fukuoka's pride and joys, the yatai stalls that line the streets of the city are ideal for those who seek camaraderie...

Fukaya Cinema

Fukaya Cinema may seem to be a bit of a misnomer when you actually go there...

Kaho Gekijou Kabuki Theater

You can still go behind the scenes, either by yourself or with a free guided tour...

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