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Main prayer hall of Horin-ji Temple in Arashiyama

Horin-ji Temple: Kyoto’s Iconic Jusan Mairi Temple

Beautiful Arashiyama is easily one of Kyoto’s biggest destinations, attracting swarms of tourist throughout the year. However, in the middle...

baby monkey in Arashiyama Monkey Park

Arashiyama Monkey Park, Wild Monkeys in Kyoto

Arashiyama is one of the most beautiful places in Kyoto. Not to mention, it is full of famous temples such...

Imashirozuka Kofun: Historic Site and Family Park

There are many key shaped burial mounds, or Zenpokoen-Fun, in Kansai region, especially Nara and Osaka. However, the public is...

Entrance of Engyo-ji Temple

Engyo-ji Temple, Himeji’s Best Kept Secret

When people think of the city of Himeji, their first thought is of course Himeji Castle. However, Himeji definitely has...

Akashiyaki, the Predecessor of Takoyaki

Akashiyaki, the Predecessor of Takoyaki

Everybody seems to agree: Osaka is the place for takoyaki. Sources indicate that the origin of this very popular snack...

people using the mizugumo ninja

Koka Ninja Village, Ninja Experience for a Day

Koka is one of the most popular ninja places in Japan, so it stands to reason that there’d be a...

Entrance of kokoa ninja house

Koka Ninja House, Japan’s Only Historic Ninja House!

A good number of visitors to Japan are very interested in ninja and may even hope to do some ninja...

main building of taga taisha in Shiga

Taga Taisha, Shiga’s Home to Izanagi

Kyoto certainly wears the crown for most well-known historic spot in Japan, but we shouldn’t forget about nearby Shiga Prefecture,...

main keep of hikone castle with plum blossoms blooming in front of it

Hikone Castle, A Japanese National Treasure

While there are many castles in Japan, only 5 of them are national treasures. In Kansai, Himeji castle is of...

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