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3 Great Ideas on How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Japan

Another year is almost over, and no doubt you’re thinking about how to spend the New Year’s celebration while you are in Japan. Christmas in Japan is very different to how it is in most Western countries; people often eat chicken and see illuminations with their partner rather than eat homemade food with their families.…

On the Search for Love? Visit and Pray at These 2 Love Shrines in Tokyo

Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with a beautiful love life. Some people have a hard time finding their perfect match, while others are having troubles conceiving. These are a few of the reasons why many couples and young girls pray for luck in love. In Japan, some even visit shrines that they believe can answer…

Express Gratitude to Your Beloved Dolls at This Unique Festival at Meiji Shrine

At the mention of Meiji Shrine, what comes to your mind? The lush greenery along the forest paths leading to the shrine? Traditional Japanese marriage ceremonies taking place on the shrine’s grounds? For those who may not know, this Shinto shrine is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken (even…

Where Can You Find This Very Exclusive Shinto Shrine in Japan?

Usually, most places in Japan are open to everyone, irrespective of one’s nationality, religion, race, or gender. However, there are a few spots in Japan which you might think as strange if you are not that familiar with its history and culture. As a matter of fact, there is an island in Japan which is…

Experience True Peace and Tranquility at These 2 Mountain Shrines of Gunma, Japan

The historical shrines of Nikko (日光) are world-famous, as are the temples of Kyoto (京都) and Nara (奈良), yet the mountain shrines of Gunma (群馬) have been sadly ignored by many. These shrines, each attached to a mountain range, form the “Three Mountains of Jomo (上毛三山)” and boast a history dating to early Asuka (飛鳥;…

Give Your Love Luck a Boost at These 3 Famous Shrines in Okinawa and Kyushu!

While traveling in Japan, you are bound to come across a shrine regardless of where you are. Be it big or small, old or new, these sacred places of worship are unique in their own ways. These shrines, which are well-known for boosting one’s luck in love or chances of finding a life partner, are…

Discover the World of Writers in Ryusen, Tokyo’s Hidden District

Most people who come to Tokyo visit Asakusa (浅草); it is a hotspot for tourists which boasts wonderful sites, including the famous Senso-ji Temple (浅草寺). Then there’s popular Ueno (上野) – a magnet for culture, with its museums, history, and park. But have you ever heard of Ryusen (竜泉)? It is often overshadowed by its…

Take a Look at How Different Towns and Cities Have Developed in Japan

It is very interesting to know how towns and cities have developed over time. Many major cities in Japan started off small – from a ward or a suburb before becoming a metropolitan area. Let’s have a look at the two different ways most of the towns and cities in Japan have been able to…
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