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Wood Carving in Inami, Toyama, Japan.

Inami

From out of the woodwork comes Japan’s best destination for wood-carved masterpieces.

Amano Yasugawara Power Spot

The secret gathering spot for gods where the sun once hid from the Earth.

Namba Yasaka Shrine in Osaka

Namba Yasaka Shrine

This secret shrine is Osaka in a nutshell.

Toka Ebisu Festival at Imamiya Ebisu Shrine in Osaka Japan

Imamiya Ebisu Shrine

Don’t miss out on one of Osaka’s most exciting New Year's festivals at this beloved shrine.

Sumiyoshi bridge

Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

One of western Japan’s oldest shrines.

Kumano Sanzan (Three Grand Shrines of Kumano)

Partake in ancient tradition by making a pilgrimage to three of Japan’s most important shrines.

Hashikui-iwa Rocks Kumano Kodo Ohechi Coastal Route in Wakayama Japan

Kumano Kodo: Ohechi Route

Take the road less traveled on this coastal hiking trail once sought out by poets and painters for artistic inspiration.

Yokokura temple

The Mummy of Yokokura Temple

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

kameido tenjin shrine

Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Let the scent of chrysanthemums take you back in time.

Meoto Iwa

Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks)

A spiritual awakening and a romantic view.

Gotoku-ji Cat Temple in Setagaya

Gotoku-ji Temple

You’ve probably seen the thousands of cat statues at this Tokyo temple in photos, but seeing in person is believing.