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The Naiku of the Ise Jingu enshrines the sun goddess Amaterasu, the mother of the Japan.

Ise

Ise is the original pilgrim's playground; home to Japan's holiest shrine and some of the friendliest people you'll encounter.

Ryoanji Temple

Find your zen at one of the world’s famous meditative rock gardens—serenity-seeking tourists tested, UNESCO approved.

Nara

Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites guarded by some very hungry deer.

Okunoin Cemetery Mount Koya on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail

Kumano Kodo: Kohechi Route

This demanding trek is for seasoned hikers only, but gorgeous views and the unearthly Mount Koya are sure to take anyone’s breath away.

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.

Kumano Kodo pilgrimage Iseji Route.

Kumano Kodo: Iseji Route

Pay your respects to Ise Jingu, Japan’s most holy shrine, and hike in the footsteps of the gods in Mie Prefecture.

Find poetic inspiration at Yamadera Mountain Temple in Yamagata

Yamadera Temple

One thousand steps to Yamagata’s most iconic spot.

Meoto Iwa

Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks)

A spiritual awakening and a romantic view.

Mount Koya

Encounter spiritual Japan at one of its holiest destinations.

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.

Niyodo Blue

Niyodo River, Nikobuchi Waterfall and Nakatsu Gorge

Witness the purest of waters, a sacred power spot and the amazing ‘Niyodo Blue.’