Saturday, February 22, 2020

Diary of a Japan Tour Guide: Jaslyn in Harajuku & Shibuya

Japan Tour Guide (JTG) is an online portal that aims to match volunteer Japanese guides with visitors coming to Japan. Read about their tours put together for tourists by these friendly local guides in this regular...

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Situated in Fushimi-ku, about 2km south-east of Kyoto station, the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is said to originate from the Hata clan’s worship of the god of rice and sake in the 8th century. As...

Celebrate the birthday of the deity of Togo Shrine

A celebration of the birthday of the enshrined deity of Togo Shrine will take place on Dec. 22. ADDRESS:1-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo ACCESS: a 5-min walk from JR Harajuku Station.

Maple hunting in Tokyo: Mt. Takao

A magical ride through golden and crimson tunnels From Shinjuku, hop on the Keio Line and within an hour your are at the foot of Mt. Takao, which is arguably Tokyo's best autumn leaf viewing...

Maple Hunting in Kyoto: Tofukuji

Sacred temple leafs As one of Kyoto's best spots for autumn foliage, Tofukuji temple should be high on the list of anyone that calls him/herself a "maple leaf hunter". You will be overwhelmed by the myriads of...

Japan`s World Heritage Sites: Kumano Pilgrimage Route

The World's Most Picturesque Pilgrimage If you take just one pilgrimage - or perhaps just a long hike - in your life, you won't find a more scenic one than here. Though a slight trek off the...

World Heritage (9): The Shrines & Temples of Nikko

Shrines & Temples of Nikko: Enter into Edo Excellence  As 2015 marks 400 years since the death of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo era who is enshrined here, there's no better time to...

Japan`s World Heritage Sites: Itsukushima Shrine – Hiroshima

Itsukushima Shrine: The Japanese Benchmark of Beauty Of all Japan's cultural heritage sites, Itsukushima Shrine is perhaps not just the most beautiful, but the most important for understanding the traditional Japanese concept of beauty. Known by its 16-meter brilliant vermillion otorii gate...

Japan`s World Heritage Sites: Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto: A treasury of temples and shrines With so many gems gathered here, the sightseer's dilemma is knowing where to start! So for the time-strapped tourist, here are the top three "must see" spots. 1....

Hie Shrine, Japan’s Most Urban Power Spot

A sacred shrine you reach by escalator Presiding over a steep slope in the middle of Tokyo, the Hie Shrine is probably Japan's most urban shrine. Located in Nagatacho of the Chiyoda Ward,  the shrine is surrounded by a...