Monday, May 27, 2019

Yamadera, Mogamigawa and Kisakata

Nostalgic and Picturesque Yamadera and Mogamigawa On our way to Yamagata-ken, we made a detour to drop by Hojin- no-ie Inn, the only remaining inn out of the ones that Matsuo Basho stayed in. According to records,...

Encounter Pure Land Buddhism in Hiraizumi

After arriving at Iwate-ken, we enjoyed a calming cruise down Geibikei, a gorge with impressive limestone features stretching two kilometres long. As we sailed down the river, we took the chance to soak in...
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Spectacular Views of Matsushima Bay

Upon arrival at Miyagi-ken, we headed to our first stop at Shiogama Jinja Shrine. With a long history dating back to the 9th century, the shrine houses a collection of ancient votive lanterns that...
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Journey with Matsuo Basho: Haiku master and adventurer

Spanning 2,400 kilometres, the trail mentioned in Oku-no-hosomichi consists of roads that lead to Nikko ( 日光 ), Oshu ( 奧州 ), Dewa ( 出羽 ) and Hokuriku ( 北 陸 ). Two of...

The “DATE Culture” Fostered by Masamune

More than Just a Warrior Born in a time when Japan was plagued by civil wars during the Sengoku period (mid 15th century - early 17th century), Masamune rose quickly to become a tactful, ruthless...

Explore the unspoiled nature and unique culture of Yanaizu town

Far-removed from the Tokyo lifestyle, the Yanaizu area in Fukushima prefecture is a little-known place filled with unforgettable sights and untapped Japanese cultural history. Even the trip there is something straight out of a...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Akita Prefecture (2)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Tohoku Akita 21 Senshu Park (千秋公園) in Akita A photo posted by @syuu_01 on Nov 8, 2015 at 4:45am PST //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d12275.666830616241!2d140.116066766349!3d39.71905454013004!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x0%3A0x599db4d3ed91e6d5!2sSenshu+Park!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sjp!4v1475652667116&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: End of October Color Peak: Beginning of November Access: 10min...

Feudal Lord’s Treasure: Zuigan-ji Temple

Zuigan-ji Temple, designated as a Japanese National Treasure, was originally established in the year 828 by the noted Buddhist monk, Jikaku Daishi. Later, the famed feudal lord Date Masamune rebuilt it as his family...

A Glorious Golden Age: Hiraizumi & Chuson-ji Temple Konjikido

Hiraizumi consists of temples, gardens and more than 3,000 national treasures and important cultural properties that date back to the 11th and 12th centuries. The entire expanse, impressive and dazzling in appearance, was originally...

Step Back in Time: Kakunodate’s Samurai Residences, Akita Prefecture

Take a relaxing stroll around Kakunodate to immerse yourself in history. While many traditional Japanese buildings have been lost due to fire, weather and deterioration from age, the houses along Samurai Street have stood undamaged...