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Hiraizumi

Hiraizumi : Pure Land Buddhism and Tohoku Pride

“夏草や 兵どもが 夢の跡”(`Natsukusa ya tsuhamonodomo ga yume no ato`) – “Grasses in summer, the warriors’ dreams… all that is left”. This poem, written by Master haikuist Matsuo Bashō after he visited the ancient temple complex of Hiraizumi, is one of the most famous writings in Japan. Located in Iwate on the banks of the Kitakami-gawa, these simple…

5 Reasons You Must Visit Nikko, A City Rich in World Heritage Sites

When people think of a trip to Japan, many think of only visiting Tokyo and Kyoto. However, you will also have an enjoyable experience in Nikko – a great place with a long history in Japan. It is also only one and a half to two hours away from Tokyo. Here are 5 reasons why…

Magnificent Himeji Castle, An Absolute Guide of all Must-See Highlights

As the largest, most often visited and one of the Japan’s oldest surviving castles, Himeji Castle dates back to 1333. Originally built as a fort by Akamatsu Norimura and later transformed into a castle two centuries later in Himeji City, Hyogo, the “White Heron Castle” as Himeji is also known as, is a World Heritage…

5 Most Beautiful Castles in Japan

In Japan, castles were fortresses made from woods and stones. It was built to guard some important sites such as river crossings and ports. There are some castles in Japan that still original or very little altered. Some of them are considered as national treasures. Below some castles in Japan that are well known for…

The Most Beautiful Temples in Kyoto

Do you like ancient things, such as temples and shrines? Or are you interested in their history? If you like them, don’t miss these 2 gorgeous temples when you visit Kyoto, Japan. 1. Kinkaku-ji “Kin” means gold in Japanese. So, “Kinkaku-ji” means “The Golden Pavilion”. It is a three-story building located in Rokuon-ji Temple. This…

3 Reasons To Visit Kyoto

Have you decided which place to go to on your first trip to Japan? Read the three reason why Kyoto is the best place for all the first-timers and make sure to reserve your trip right away! 1. Home of 17 Unesco Heritage Sites Kyoto has 14 Unesco Heritage Sites and it’s located nearby cities…

Attractions in Nikko Shrine World Heritage

Nikko Shrine is the highest mountain located in the Kanto Region (northside). It is one of the gorgeous place listed in the world heritage site or UNESCO because of the two main attractions, the Nikko National park composed on both nature and man-made landscape and the temple and shrines that is considered as the best…

Shirakawa-go, a Winter Wonderland in Japan

Do you know that Japan has an epic site which only gets more beautiful when winter comes? This beautiful land is located in Gifu area, Aichi province and is called Shirakawa-go. This place is famous for the traditional houses called gassho-zukuri that are very old and have a long history. That’s why it is called…