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Hodosan Shrine

Hodosan Shrine

At the foot of Mount Hodo lies Hodosan, a shrine built to safeguard against natural disasters.

Zuiryu-ji Temple

A Soto Zen Buddhist temple located in Takaoka, known for its breathtakingly beautiful surroundings.

Shiofune Kannon-ji

Shiofune Kannon-ji Temple

A flower-filled valley ruled by the Goddess of Mercy

Koganeyama Shrine

Koganeyama Shrine

Visit a shrine built to honor the first discovery of gold in Japan 1200 years ago, whose grounds comprise a whole island.

Ryozenji Temple

Tokushima Prefecture’s Ryozenji Temple is the important starting point of the Shikoku Pilgrimage

Taketomi Island

Taketomi Island (Taketomijima)

Ride a water buffalo and learn about Okinawa’s Ryukyu culture

Kyushu Ceramic Museum

Learn about the birthplace of Japanese porcelain


Stroll along the beach of Ise Bay and discover an Imperial guesthouse from the Meiji era.

matsue bridge

Matsue Ohashi Bridge

Travel to the bridge’s southern side and see remnants of two local legends