Friday, September 20, 2019

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...

Japan`s World Heritage Site: Buddhist Monuments in Horyuji

Horyuji Temple: The World's Oldest Wooden Building While Kyoto may be home to many of Japan’s most famous and photographed temples, it was nearby Nara Prefecture’s Horyuji Temple that captured UNESCO's attention to become Japan's first...

Tenkawa Shrine, Japan’s Most Seclusive Power Spot

Simultaneously valuing traditions and welcoming the new What exactly does religion mean in Japan? What is Shinto and how important is it to the Japanese? Never during my 10 years in Japan did I ask myself...