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6 Must-Visit Spots in Miyajima, Japan’s Island of Gods

An hour away from Hiroshima is Miyajima, an island regarded as the “Island of Gods.” The island is officially named Itsukushima but is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, which means “shrine island.” Aside from the shrines and temples that can be visited, Miyajima also offers beautiful scenery of nature and delectable local cuisine. In…

4 Must-See Places for a Quick Getaway to the Wonderful Hiroshima Prefecture

Japan’s Hiroshima Prefecture has a lot to offer, but since it is a bit far from the more popular travel destinations like Tokyo and Osaka, it is often overlooked. Despite this, it is still a place worth visiting even just for a quick trip. If you want to see as many amazing spots in Hiroshima…

Visiting a Shrine for New Year: A Guide to Shrine Basics

Going to a shrine is an essential part of New Year’s celebrations. Japanese people visit shrines at the New Year to pray for good luck as well as grab a fortune that will determine the future to come. Let’s take a look at some of the common items you will see upon your visit to…

Experience the Beautiful Torii Gates Tunnel at Hie Shrine in Akasaka

If you have been wanting to see beautiful torii gates (鳥居) for a long time but have not had the chance to go to Kyoto yet, the Hie Shrine (日枝神社) is a good alternative. It is located strategically around Akasaka area, in central Tokyo, between Akasaka (business district) and Nagatacho (national government building residence). Hie…