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Make Your Wish Come True at This Kyoto Temple With…Graffiti?

Japan is world-renowned for so many cultural, gastronomic and natural wonders. None are as revered as their temples. There are temples in every city, if not every block! I have even seen one near a 100 yen store and in the middle of a playground! I know of no city that doesn’t have at least…

Yakuyoke and Yakubarai: Remove Your Bad Luck for the Year!

Are you currently feeling like the year is not treating you well? Then you should check whether you are at the age when you will face bad luck. The Japanese believe in yakudoshi, in which men will suffer bad luck at the ages of 25, 42, and 61. On the other hand, the bad years…

What Is the Meaning Behind Ryoan-ji Temple’s Rock Garden?

One interesting part of Japanese culture is the beautification and preservation of gardens. There are several art forms of gardens in Japan and one these types is a famous rock garden or zen garden in Ryoan-ji Temple of Kyoto. It is a dry landscape designed with large rock formations and smooth pebbles. The Composition of…

Step into the Tale of the Historical 47 Ronin Vendetta at Sengaku-Ji Temple!

If you’ve heard of the 47 loyal Ronin, you must have also heard of the Sengaku-ji Temple where their graves can be found. It is a Buddhist Temple located in the neighborhood of Takanawa, Tokyo which was considered as one of the three major temples in the Edo Era together with Seishoji Temple and Sosenji…

Mount Shigi and Its Historic Temple: The Lesser-known Attractions of Nara

Located in the northwest of Nara lies the lesser known area of Mt. Shigi. Not only it is a nice place for a simple hike, there is also an interesting “tiger” temple known as Chogosonshi-ji Temple which is more widely referred to as Shigi-Bishamon Temple. At the entrance area of the temple, there is a…

Climb the 1000 Steps to Yamagata’s Scenic Hidden Treasure, Yama-dera

Yamagata City is located in a mountainous area where scenic temples can be seen. One of which is located in the city’s northeast area and is known as Yama-dera Temple. It is a Buddhist temple founded over a thousand years ago and has been considered as a nationally-designated Place of Scenic Beauty and Historic Site.…

A Must-Visit in Kyoto: Goddess Kannon, the Central Deity of Sanjusangen-do

Sanjusangen-do is a popular temple building in Kyoto which was completed in 1164. It is officially known as ‘Rengeo-in’ or ‘Hall of the Lotus King’ which houses 1,001 human-sized statues of the goddess Kannon. Its temple hall is the longest wooden structure in Japanese history and measures around 120 meters. The temple has actually been…

Going to Kyoto? Don’t Miss the Historical Higashi Honganji Temple

The Higashi Honganji Temple, also known as the Eastern Temple of the Original Vow, is an active temple with a rich history in Kyoto. It was originally built in 1602 and was rebuilt in 1895 onward. It is dedicated to one of the two dominant sub-sects of Shin Buddhism, a school of Pure Land Buddhism.…

Be in Awe of Konjikido, the Golden Palace of Iwate

Many people know of the very famous building Kinkakuji in Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion. Few people are aware of the golden hall, Konjikido, which stands in Iwate prefecture. Entirely covered in gold, Konjikido is a sight to behold. Tendai Buddhism   japan-iwate.info/ The Tendai sect of Buddhism originated in 805. The founder, Saicho, was influenced…

Visit These Top 10 Kyoto Temples for Free!

Perhaps, most of us are not followers of Buddhism or Shintoism. However, visiting shrines and temples is a good idea in Japan and all visitors are welcome, including non-Buddhist or Shinto followers. Visiting shrines or temples to see their beauty and unique construction will make us really sense the strong feeling of being in Japan.…