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main shrine building of Ishikiri Shrine

Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine, Cures Everything from Boils to Cancer?

There are hundreds of gods in Japan, with shrines dedicated to an even wider array of things. From rice, to...

Kashiwara Grape Picking in Osaka, A Local’s Day-Trip

Roughly 15 minutes from Osaka City, on the border of Osaka and Nara is Kashiwara City. This small city flies...

Jurin-ji Temple and the Romance of Ariwara no Narihira

Jurin-ji Temple and the Romance of Ariwara no Narihira

In the woods of Kyoto’s Nishiyama, is a little temple called Jurin-ji Temple [十輪寺]. Though this temple is neither large...

Yoshiminedera Temple: Hydrangea over Kyoto

On the west mountain side of Kyoto, near the border between Osaka and Kyoto, is the quaint Yoshiminedera Temple [善峯寺]....

Tanize Suspension Bridge

Totsukawa Village, Japan’s Biggest Village

The sense of timelessness is something lots of people seem to search for when they come to Japan. Apart from...

Imamiya Shrine and Aburi Mochi, A Kyoto Favorite

Imamiya Shrine and Aburi Mochi, A Kyoto Favorite

While many people visit Daitoku-ji, one of the biggest temples in Kyoto, not so many people know there is a...

Daikan: Japan’s Oldest Ramen Restaurant!

For many, one of the most iconic foods in Japan is ramen. Ramen is very popular in Japan as well...

Hydrangea gardens of Mimuroto-ji temple in Uji Kyoto

Mimuroto-ji: A Hydrangea Paradise in Kyoto

Not far away from Japan’s infamous Byodo-in in Uji lies Mimuroto-ji Temple [三室戸寺], the 10th temple of Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage....

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...

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