The Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple, also known as Doryoson, is a fabulous Temple of the Soto Zen Buddhism located in Minamiashigara, built more than 620 years ago. It consist on about 30 stunning ceremonial halls and other Temple buildings. The Temple is surrounded by an breathtaking ancient cedar tree forest. Although it is a pilgrimage site
The deadly but beautiful katana is Japan’s most famed ancient weapon. Foreign and local people, for centuries, have been fascinated by its deadly beauty and rich historical value. Katana’s are most commonly linked to traditional Japanese warriors like the Samurai, Ninja (Shinobi), Onna-bugeisha, and Kunoichi. There’s plenty of information on how finely crafted these weapons are but little on who
Enjoy a winter wonderland without the snow! Japan is famous for its winter illumination, and Nabana no Sato (なばなの里) in Mie is no exception. Located close to Nagashima Spa Land, and easily reachable by express bus from Nagoya Bus Station or by train and free shuttle bus, it is a great escape from the bustle
Halloween isn’t very popular in Japan, but perhaps this awesome apartment building will change that. This apartment is located in the city of Hamamatsu, and it’s designed to look like a witch house, giving the neighborhood a fairy tale feeling. Be sure to visit here when you travel to Japan and enjoy your next Halloween!
Rice Field Art: Inakadate, Japan. But this is no alien creation. The designs have been cleverly planted. Farmers creating the huge displays use no ink or dye. Instead, different colors of rice plants have been precisely and strategically arranged and grown in the paddy fields. As summer progresses and the plants shoot up, the detailed
Hōryū-ji (法隆寺, lit. Temple of the Flourishing Law) is a Buddhist temple in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Its full name is Hōryū Gakumonji (法隆学問寺), or Learning Temple of the Flourishing Law, the complex serving as both a seminary and monastery.
There is a man-made object atop the mountain, with square holes made in a boulder inferred to weigh 800 tons. What could it be? 益田岩船 Masuda no Iwafune (Rock Ship of Masuda), near the top of Iwafune hill, is the largest carved stone object in the Asuka region. It is a huge boulder inferred to
The Izu Islands are a group of volcanic islands stretching south and east from the Izu Peninsula of Honshū, Japan. Miyakejima island rests atop an active volcanic chain that has erupted six times in the last century. However, the danger isn’t just from volcanic eruptions, but from the highest concentrations of poisonous gasses (primarily sulfur)
Shikoku (四国, “four provinces”) is the smallest and least populated of the four main islands of Japan, located south of Honshū and east of the island of Kyūshū. Its ancient names include Iyo-no-futana-shima (伊予之二名島), Iyo-shima (伊予島), and Futana-shima (二名島). The current name refers to the four former provinces which made up the island: Awa, Tosa,
Hakone is a mountainous area in Kanagawa prefecture known for its hot springs, greenery and spectacular views of Mt. Fuji. While I wouldn’t normally recommend going to the main tourist locations in Japan, Hakone is a lovely, quiet area if you avoid the most touristy spots, or at the very least, avoid the common ways