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Kannon is the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. You'll spot incarnations of this many-armed goddess throughout Japan.

Sanjusangendo

Don’t be fooled by Sanjusangendo’s austere exterior; concealed within these dark wooden walls are a 1001 statutes of the Goddess of Mercy, all built to human scale.

Find poetic inspiration at Yamadera Mountain Temple in Yamagata

Yamadera Temple

One thousand steps to Yamagata’s most iconic spot.

Senko-ji Temple

The road to hell isn’t paved with good intentions, but with fruit stalls and toy shops.

Wakayama

Wakayama

A quiet and historic resort town perfect for a weekend getaway.

Uji

Home of the best green tea in Japan.

Toji Temple at night and cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Japan

Toji Temple

Japan’s tallest pagoda, plus a flea market.

Kongobu-ji Temple

The heart of Shingon Buddhism at Mt. Koya.

Sanrakuso at Kansho-in Temple

Go forest bathing at Mount Daisen, try the hand-crafted Zen Burger and stay the night.

Okunoin

The heart of spirituality in Japan.

Mount Ikoma

A theme park atop a mountain all in Osaka’s backyard.

Horyu-ji Temple

Step inside ancient Japan.