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Enmei-ji Temple, Osaka’s Autumn Hidden Gem

Out of the way of the bustle of Osaka City is the Okukawachi region. In this quiet and beautiful place,...

towering daruma dolls of all sizes at katsuo-ji temple

Katsuo-ji Temple, Osaka’s Hidden Daruma Temple

Tucked away in the mountains if north Osaka the 23rd temple of Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, Katsuo-ji Temple [勝尾寺]. This ancient...

Minoo waterfall

Minoo Waterfall, Osaka’s Best Spot for Fall Leaves!

When it comes to fall foliage, or koyo [紅葉] in Japanese, Kyoto always comes to people’s minds. For this reason,...

Kongobu-ji: Exploring Koyasan and Other Famous Sites

Kongobu-ji: Exploring Koyasan and Other Famous Sites

The ancient temple complex Koyasan is one of the most spiritual locations in Japan. With literally hundreds of temples within...

Koyasan’s Okunoin Cemetery: Resting Place of Kukai

The two most sacred places in Koyasan are the Danjo Garan and Okunoin. The Danjo Garan for people to study...

The Danjo Garan, the Heart of Kukai’s Koyasan

Koyasan, or Mt. Koya, is one of the most popular destinations in the Kansai region. Just an hour and thirty...

Bamboo forest on the choishimichi trail

The Choishimichi: The Sacred Pilgrimage to Koyasan

Koyasan is one of the most famous tourist place in Kansai region. While today getting there is pretty easy as...

Kukai, the Founder of Shingon Buddhism

Dating all the way back to the 9th century, Koyasan stands as the center of Shingon Buddhism. This amazing temple...

Yamanobe no Michi Trail: Japan’s Oldest Road

Hiking in Japan is both really easy and very fun. With many mountains and well maintained trails, everyone from young...

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