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Explore the Temples and Shrines of the Ueno Fusion District

Japan is full of rich, historic culture as well as it is a vision of the future. If you are someone who can’t wait to see both sides of Japanese culture you can see both sides in a full day just by walking around a particular area. Ueno, rightly known as the fusion district harmoniously…
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Traveling to Japan: Katsuyama – temple meditation without the crowds

Nestled within the beautiful Fukui Mountains, the Taishizan Seidaiji temple in Katsuyama is indeed one of those places that words can never fully describe. Yet for many, the temple is not the first thing they think of when they hear the word Katsuyama. Katsuyama is synonymous with the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. This well advertised…

Be Transported to China With This Stunning Garden in Okinawa

Japan has a well-deserved reputation for beautiful gardens and many of its cities have at least one picturesque garden. Visitors to Okinawa often flock to Shikinaen, the former residence of the Ryukyu Kings and one of Okinawa’s World Heritage Sites. While Shikinaen is undoubtedly worth visiting, it is not Okinawa’s only noteworthy garden. In fact,…

4 Places to Visit When You’re Stuck in Tokyo but Longing for Kyoto

Kyoto (京都) is arguably one of the best must-see places in Japan: a prefecture full of picturesque spots that preserve Japanese culture and history. But when, for whatever reason, you’re stuck in Tokyo’s (東京) busy streets and tall buildings, with so little time and resources (that shinkansen or plane ride does not come cheap!), you…

7 Places to Explore and Discover in the Must-Visit District of Ueno

Ueno (上野) is a MUST on any tourist’s agenda. Located conveniently to the north of the city (connected by numerous JR and Metro lines), Ueno is a visitor’s dream come true. Its park and pond boast many beautiful walks, its shrines and temples are amazing, and its museums are well worth a visit. Let me…

Head to Tamana and Visit the Rengein Tanjyoji Temple for Peace and Quiet

On my first visit to Tamana in Kumamoto, we headed straight for the popular temple that houses a giant, 40-ton bell (which you can have the pleasure of ringing if you arrive at the right time of day). On the second trip, my friend was keen to see this famous site and we programmed the…

5 Unique Reasons Why Nara Park is a Must-Visit for All Travelers to Japan!

One of the ancient capitals, Nara is a famous destination that is sadly often overlooked by tourists as it is so close to other popular cities such as Osaka and Kyoto. However, one of the crowning glories of Nara and indeed the main reason to visit Nara is because of its park. Nara Koen is…

A Hidden Treasure in Yamaguchi: Ruriko-ji Temple Where the Samurai Once Tread

There are many different temples in Japan today, but there are, of course, some that are outstanding. One of the greatest temples in Japan is Rurikoji temple. Rurikoji temple is a Buddhist temple located in Yamaguchi city. This national treasure is best known for the great five-story pagoda and it is rightly rated among Japan’s…

Chureito Pagoda and Mt Fuji

Mount Fuji is arguably one of the most recognizable and iconic aspects of Japanese scenery, representing both the beauty of its landscape and spiritual ideology. For centuries Mount Fuji has been admired by the Japanese and worshipped in both Shintoism and Buddhism and has been the subject of many famous artworks especially from Ando Hiroshige…