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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…

Why Are 3, 5 and 7 Important Numbers for Japanese Kids?

The month of November is the time when a certain yearly tradition takes place in Japan. Shichi Go San or, simply, Seven Five Three in English, is the tradition where parents bring their little children to their local shrines in order to give thanks for safely reaching the ages of 3, 5 and 7 and…

Izumo Taisha: A Beautiful Shrine off the Beaten Path

Izumo-taisha (出雲大社) is one of the oldest and most important shrines in Japan and definitely one you should visit. It receives fewer international visitors in comparison to landmarks in Tokyo and Kyoto, but this shrine is definitely worth the trip. How to Get There Izumo-taisha is located in Izumo, Shimane, and is about an hour…

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…

Mifune Matsuri: A Festival on the Water

Japan has numerous festivals throughout the year with many spectators, both locally and internationally. But have you ever seen a festival done on the water? This particular festival is called, “Mifune Matsuri,” which literally means “festival of three boats.” This festival is believed to have originated in 1928, but its atmosphere is that of the…

One of the “Big 3” Hakata Events: Hojoya Shrine Festival

I love festivals! That is one of the many reasons why I love Japan. There are so many elements you can learn and discover about the country’s culture in a single festival. You can observe men and women, both young and elderly proudly wearing their traditional clothes. You can also savour the various types of…

What is Shinto? Learn about its History and Importance

Many people have heard of Shinto, either by reading about Shinto shrines or through study into religions. But what is Shinto? History of Shinto Shinto is the native religion of the people of Japan, with over 80% of the population practising this belief system. The history of Shinto goes back for hundreds of years, with…

Put a Ring on It! All about Japanese Traditional Weddings

Putting a ring on it can have a lot of ups and downs. People around the world marry for a variety of reasons. Some people think marrying can make the relationship more official. Some would also say, it makes them work harder for the relationship to grow. Other would marry for money or for fun.…

Visiting One of Japan’s Best Beaches in Enoshima

Getting to Enoshima Enoshima 江ノ島 is an island in the southwest of Kanagawa prefecture that is situated right in the middle of the coast at the bay. It is about 1.5 hours from Tokyo, and you can even take the Romance Car from Shinjuku! We set off just a little after the break of dawn………