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Uneme Festival

Though rooted in sorrow, it's a stunning summer festival.

Daruma dolls at Katsuo-ji Temple in Osaka

Katsuo-ji Temple

Tucked away in Osaka, this is where winners get their luck and the rest of us get to take in the exceptional scenery.

kameido tenjin shrine

Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Let the scent of wisteria take you back in time.

Mount Osore

A bewitching natural underworld, hidden at the tip of Aomori.

Yokokura temple

The Mummy of Yokokura Temple

The mummified remains of an 18th-century monk resides in this peaceful rural temple.

Shuzenji Onsen

A stunning onsen town a bamboo forest and wasabi ice cream but a tragic history.

Ukiha Inari Shrine

Retreat from the urban hustle and bustle of Fukuoka City by taking a trip to the “Kingdom of Fruits,” where you’ll find an inari shrine (Shinto shrine dedicated to the god Inari)...

Sennyu-ji Temple

A peaceful haven in Kyoto’s busy temple scene.

Byodo-In Temple in Uji, Kyoto

Byodoin Temple

The ¥10 temple.

Sumiyoshi bridge

Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

One of western Japan’s oldest shrines.

Meoto Iwa

Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks)

A spiritual awakening and a romantic view.