Dare to Walk Along 200,000 Tombstones? Head to Japan’s Largest Cemetery!

About 200,000 tombstones line the 2-kilometer long Okunoin Cemetery which can be found at Mt. Koya. It is known to be the largest cemetery in Japan. It entombs Kobo Daishi (Kukai), an influential Heian monk who’s most revered in the country’s religious history. But what makes this graveyard a popular pilgrimage spot? Let’s try to…

Learn the Story of Awashima Shrine and Its Plethora of Hina Dolls!

There are many Japanese superstitions about dolls which were believed to have souls and the power to influence people’s lives. A large number of these dolls are placed on the altar of Awashima Shrine, a shrine dedicated to women in Kada, Wakayama Prefecture. It is popular for “hina ningyo” dolls which are given to young…

Doro-kyo Gorge: A Scenic Hidden Treasure with Emerald Water in Wakayama

If you are looking for scenic places with fewer people, then head down to Wakayama prefecture, in the southern part of the Kansai region. A lot of beautiful hidden places can be found there. One of these hidden treasures is the scenic and secluded gorge named Doro-kyo. Author’s photo What is Doro-kyo? Author’s photo Doro-kyo…

Watch Things Heat Up at Wakayama’s Fire Festival!

Have you ever witnessed a fire festival in Japan? There are primarily three beautiful fire festivals in the country which the locals are very proud of. One of which is called “Nachi-no-Hi Matsuri” or Nachi Fire Festival. It is a sacred ritual done in Wakayama Prefecture on the 14th of July. The main objective is…

Kumano Sanzan: Japan’s Sacred Trail of Shrines

Kumano Sanzan consists of 3 grand shrines in Kumano area. It is one of the most popular spiritual areas in Japan, located in the southern part of Kii Peninsula, Wakayama Prefecture, about 100 km south of Osaka. The three grand shrines were the final destination of Kumano Kodo, an ancient pilgrimage route used for over…

Temple Stay at Kongo Sanmai-in Temple: A Perfect Place to Relax

If you are interested in getting in touch with your spiritual side in Japan, why don’t you head to Koyasan in Wakayama where you can find the Kongo sanmai-in Temple. japan-experience.com/ It is a temple built in the year 1223 by a widow named Hojo Masako. She was said to be the most influential and…

Nitama – Japan’s Second Feline Station Master

Wakayama prefecture is located in Kansai region, Honshu. Wakayama Electric Railway Co. runs a service across Wakayama prefecture and back in 2006 it was really struggling. This resulted in many of it’s stations being destaffed, i.e. just ticket machines and no humans there to help. At Kishi Station Toshiki Koyama, who had taken over the…

Spiritual Buddhist Monk Experience in Wakayama!

Buddhism is a large part of Japanese history, the customs and ideals of Buddhism capture the hearts of those visiting Japan. Temples are often a “must see” for people coming to Japan, but if you want a more immersive experience why not stay at a monastery and experience the daily life on a modern Buddhist…

How about sleeping in a Temple at Koya-San?

Always wanted to understand a bit of religion or spirituality in Japan? Well, probably the best way is to stay in a temple with the monks! It will definitely help you to understand and to learn more about the mystery of the religious atmosphere. In this article, we are recommending you to try a few…

Wakayama Magic!

Peace, sunsets and fire in Wakayama! Wander around and be captivated by the majestic nature in Wakayama. If you are looking for a weekend escape this may be the perfect place! Location, location, location! Wakayama is located on Japan’s largest peninsula. It connects Mie prefrecture, Osaka and Nara and is home to some of the…