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The Holiest Japanese Shrine: Grand Ise Jingu

Ise Jingu Ise Jingu or the grand shrine of Ise city of Mie prefecture is the biggest among the shrines of Japan. A lot of people visits this shrine, especially during the New Year season. There is a river called the Isuzu river in front of the shrine area over which the Uji bridge is…

Enoshima: The Amazing Getaway Just an Hour Away From Tokyo

Enoshima Island is perhaps one of the most beautiful and worthy sightseeing spots to visit in Japan. First of all, it is located near Tokyo (2 hour ride by car or accessible by train from central Shinjuku Odakyu Station), it’s location is really convenient because if you are staying in Tokyo, you will only need…

Munakata City −more than just a typical residential area of Fukuoka

I lived in Munakata for a year and I can say that I found my home away from home in this small but lovely city. Munakata (宗像) is a city in Fukuoka Prefecture which is located in between two big cities – Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. It is about a 40-minute train ride from Hakata Station…

5 most important Shrines and Temples of Nagoya

1. Atsuta shrine Author’s photo This is one of the most famous and important Shinto shrines in Nagoya. Atsuta shrine is said to be the second most important shrine of all Japan and is devoted to Amaterasu, the Goddess of Sun. This shrine is believed to be the home of a famous imperial sword called…

Enjoy the Amazing Mountainous Scenery and Festivals in Kamikochi Valley

Japan is a mountainous country therefore it seems like hiking is a must-do when you arrive here. Hiking is very good for your health, as a challenge, just for fun, but also to be as close as possible to the nature. Hence, to experience hard effort and to admire the beauty of Japanese nature we…

Temple Hopping in Japan!

It’s oh so nice to go traveling! Traveling is a way to expand our imagination and zest for life. It is always exciting to visit a new country. Learn about its people, its history, its culture and go shopping too. Visiting a new place let me see what is possible. I am always enriched by…

Mount Fuji up close!

We are all familiar with the beautiful photos of Mount Fuji from a distance, or even photos of the sunrise from Mount Fuji, however, you don’t often see pictures of the mountain itself. Being on Mount Fuji, whether you are hiking or have driven up, is spectacular. The rich variety of plants and climates on…

The Peaceful Meiji Jingu Shrine in the Heart of Tokyo

History Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine in Tokyo honouring the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken. Their tombs are not here in Tokyo however this shrine was built in 1920 to honour their legacy, and 100,000 trees were planted around the shrine in their memory. Meiji Jingu is a stunning shrine to visit and…

A Day Trip from Tokyo to Nikko Toshogu Shrine

History Nikko is a town at the edge of the Nikko National Park which is very famous for its temple Toshogu which is the most decorated shrine in all of Japan! The shrine is decorated so lavishly because it is the resting place for Tokugawa Ieyasu who founded the Tokugawa shogunate. Tokugawa Ieyasu was not…

3 Most Amazing Things about Japan

It is no secret among my friends that I love Japan! Sometimes people ask me why it is that I love visiting Japan so much, and it is something I have been wondering too. Here are a few things which amaze me about Japan, you may be amazed too! 1. Juxtaposition If you ask anybody…