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5 Secluded OnSen in Japan and How To Discover Them

” Yet, they fail to realize that many true Japanese traditions live and breathe most authentically outside of Japan’s bustling metropolises...

Kyoto

Japan’s capital for more than 1000 years, the story of an ancient nation is written all over Kyoto’s cobbled streets, endless temples and gardens, and in the traditional way of life preserved by tea merchants and geisha houses...

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...

Bentenjima and Inasanohama Beach

Up until the 19th century, Japanese people lived according to the lunar calendar (based on cycles of the moon), where each month was given a particular name...

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...

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