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Fukagawa Fudo-do Temple

  • Category:Shrine and Temple
JAPAN TRAVEL
A temple with its past set to the future
One of the most strikingly contradictory temples to be found in Tokyo, Fukagawa Fudo-do Temple in Koto City is a neighbourhood not only famous for its like-clockwork esoteric Goma fire ritual but also for its radical sense of the modern.
Estab...

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Gokokuji Temple

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JAPAN TRAVEL
A splendid Edo Period temple
Having survived both the earthquakes and air raids that had previously levelled the city of Tokyo, Gokokuji Temple's existence is a minor miracle. Established in 1681 by the fifth Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Gokokuji is one of the oldest, if not...

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Obi Castle Town

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GAIJIN POT TRAVEL
Kysuhu's little Kyoto has a big history.
Known by some as Kyushu’s own little Kyoto, the Obi Castle Town, located in Nichinan, is a compact samurai treasure trove offering an array of activities that lend insight into the history of Miyazaki Prefecture.
Built sometime during the...

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Nijo Castle

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GAIJIN POT TRAVEL
Kyoto’s Undiscovered Gem.
Nijo Castle probably isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when one thinks of famous places to visit in Kyoto.
It is after all one of the 17 sites across Kyoto to be collectively designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site under the combined ...

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"Chinowa" - A Very Special Ring At Shrine!

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DEEP JAPAN
Do you know "Chinowa"?
"Chinowa" is a large ring made of grass and erected on the pathway leading to a shrine on the days of purification (harae). Photos are taken at Shinagawa Shrine.
 
At the shrine, you can pass through the ring as an act of purification from misdeeds (tsumi), impur...

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Ofusa Kannon Temple

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JAPAN TRAVEL
Relax at the Temple of Roses and wind chimes
A gem of a temple, located in a quiet suburb, invites worshippers to linger. No hurry here. This is the perfect place to take your time and rest a bit during your visit to Kashihara!
A bell tower greets visitors by the gate. Passing throug...

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Heian Shrine

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GAIJIN POT TRAVEL
Where to contemplate the meaning of life
Heian Shrine is impressively large with lots to explore from beautiful gardens and ponds to stunning seasonal sakura trees and momiji (Japanese maple trees).
Unlike most ancient shrines in Kyoto, Heian Shrine was built relatively recently...

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Sekiyado Castle Museum

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JAPAN TRAVEL
A castle with a view
In the Kanto region around Tokyo, there are dozens of castle sites that testify to the long periods of conflict and struggles for control throughout Japan’s history. Some of these sites are merely foundations and moats.
Others retain original gates and towers, bu...

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Motonosumi Inari Shrine

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JAPAN TRAVEL
Seaside shrine with 123 red torii gates
In northern Yamagata's Nagato City, Motonosumi Inari Shrine (元ノ隅稲成神社) and its 123 red torii gates have been attracting swathes of Instagrammers looking for that perfect addition to their feeds.
 
This unique shrine provides a memorable o...

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Tenkawa Shrine in Nara

  • Category:Shrine and Temple
JAPAN TRAVEL
Supposedly, Japan's most exclusive shrine
Kyoto is well known as Japan's ancient capital, but Nara is in fact the oldest capital city of Japan (710-794), preceding Kyoto. Brimmed with historic treasures and UNESCO temples, Nara is also home to a UNESCO World Heritage site called "Sac...

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