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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...

Mt Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall

Specialities Museums - The Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall opened in 2002 in response to Mt. Unzen’s most recent active period, spanning from 1991 to 1996. During that...

Hirado

Specialities Food & Drink - Hirado, a city in northwestern Nagasaki prefecture, consists of three islands (Oshima, Ikitsuki, Hirado) and a part of mainland Nagasaki (Tabira). It'...

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...

Tottori Manga Kingdom

Specialities Museums - Tottori might be the least populated prefecture in Japan but that’s only if you’re counting the human demographic. As the native 'hood for a number 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...

Mount Bandai

Specialities Hiking, Nature - Rated one of the top 100 mountains in Japan, Fukushima’s Mt. Bandai is loved for its combination of dramatic beauty, great hiking courses, and world-c...

Minami-shimabara

Specialities Nature - Originally, Minami-shimabara consisted of eight individual towns, but they were consolidated into one city beginning in March 2006. Although combined,...

Iki Island

Specialities Nature - Despite sounding similar to the English word “icky,” Iki Island is the opposite of anything unpleasant. Located in the Tsushima Strait, north of the m...

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