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Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, One of Kyoto’s Largest Parks

The Kyoto-Gyoen National Garden is an essential part of Kyoto city. It is definitely one of the biggest (if not the biggest) parks in Kyoto. If you look at Kyoto’s map, you’ll notice that a huge rectangular green area that takes up a huge surface of the map and which lies in the middle of…

Shoren-in Temple: Tranquil By Day, Illuminating Beauty By Night

Since autumn season is coming to an end now in Japan, a seasonal event that is very common in Japan during that period is the visiting of night temples and the viewing of light shows. While temples and shrines are known to close by the end of the day (around 5pm), there is time during…

Remnants of Eden: Beautiful Kyoto in Japan

Of all the places I’ve traveled throughout Japan, no other place had me in awe as much as the city of Kyoto Japan. The reason behind this is simple. Japan itself is the epitome of the phrase “what you see is what you get.” If you’ve ever looked at an image of a place before…

Ojizo-sama, Guardian of Travelers!

Have you seen these small cute smiling faces carved on stone on the road sides of Japan? These sculptures will never go unnoticed by any traveler. These are found near the mountains, temples, bridges or at the end of a street. Generally, these sculptures are called Dosojin, protector of travelers and pedestrians. Author’s photo In…

Joya no Kane: Ring in New Year’s the Spiritual Japanese Way

Along with the coming of the new year, people are making preparations here and there and in other countries, people are now putting up Christmas decorations in their houses, schools and offices. While in Japan, Christmas is traditionally not a celebrated event due to the differences in religion. However, the new year here is what…

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…

Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine, A Shrine in the Forest of Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the icon of Japan and is very well known. However it is not just at the current moment in which Mount Fuji is seen as a monument of beauty. In the Shinto religion, the native religion of Japan, Mount Fuji was worshipped as a god. In this way people did not climb…

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………

Kinkakuji and Kiyomizu–dera: The Magic of the Two Most Famous Temples in Kyoto

If we were to recommend our favourite must-see temples in Kyoto, they would definitely be following ones : 1. Kinkakuji, also called Golden Pavillon Being the most popular place in Japan, Kinkakuji temple is one of the must see attractions if you are visiting the city. It is actually a UNESCO world heritage site, built…