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Mount Kongo, Kansai’s Snowy Escape

On the border of Osaka and Nara is the 1125m tall Mount Kongo [金剛山]. Mount Kongo is one of the...

Shiramine Jingu, The Demon Emperor and Soccer?

In Japan, only some shrines bear the title “jingu”, and all of them enshrine emperors. In Kyoto, Heian Jingu is...

Statue of Okamesan at Senbon Shakado

Senbon Shakado, Kyoto’s Okame Temple

The Onin War devastated Kyoto–burning much of the city to ashes. Even today there are still reminders of this war...

Mt. Atago and Atago Shrine: Day Hike!

Just a little bit away from the bustle of tourist heavy Arashiyama is Mount Atago. The mountain is a very...

Ninomaru-goten Palace of Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle, Tokugawa’s Castle

When it comes to the most popular tourist spot in Kyoto, Nijo Castle usually gets somewhere near the top of...

Seimei Shrine, Shrine of the Mystic Abe no Seimei

One of Japan’s more intriguing historic figure is the famous spiritualist, or Onmyo-ji, Abe no Seimei. In addition to the...

Maishima Incineration Plant: World’s Prettiest Garbage Facility?

Maishima sits on a manmade island in Osaka Bay. This island is known for its beautiful lily garden and the...

Soji-ji Temple, Osaka’s Turtle Temple

In Ibaraki City, the middle of the residential area of Osaka, lies Soji-ji [総持寺], one of the 33 temples of...

Yoshida Shrine, the Shrine that Redefined Shinto

Right next to the most prestigious university in the Kansai region, Kyoto University, is Yoshida Shrine[吉田神社]. Many people overlook this...

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