One of Japan’s most famous temples, Kinkakuji is one of Kyoto’s most popular attractions and is a world-renowned tourist location. The temple was actually the retirement house of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. [...]

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Kisami Ohama beach is a gorgeous little stretch of sand and blue water located south of Izu peninsula in Shimoda. While 20 years ago Kisami Ohama beach was rather unknown, outside of locals and some Japanese people living in Tokyo [...]

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The Gora Kadan Ryokan is located in the heart of Hakone, one of Japan's most famous onsen and resort areas near Tokyo. Here you will find the former retreat of the Kanin-no-miya Imperial family. Open to all this “Relais & Chateaux” ryokan is the pride and joy of Hakone [...]

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Today we wanted to share with you a 27-minute long video of our top 20 attractions and activities in Wakayama prefecture. It includes around 30% never published before footage that we’ve been keeping just for the occasion [...]

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Birthplace of one of Tokyo’s oldest trees (it’s more than 700 years old), the Joshinji Templewas first established in 1678 in Kuhonbutsu, Tokyo. Home to the three Buddha Halls which are just in front of the main hall, house three of the nine Amida (Amitabha) Buddha. [...]

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Located in Saitama prefecture north of Tokyo, Gongendo is a gorgeous park featuring over 1,000 Sakura trees along a 1km stretch and a huge field of Rapeseed flowers. The contrast between the blue sky, light pink of the Sakura and the Rapeseed, make Gongendo Park an homage to spring! [...]

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Because of the recommendations made by the Japanese government to limit travel, experiencing Sakura season will be rather different this year. We are doing our best by traveling to places that are usually not too crowded like here on the banks of the Onnahori River in Saitama prefecture. [...]

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Thanks to its unique architecture and original wooden structure, Matsue Castle is famous for being one of Japan's last authentic castles. Completed in 1611, Matsue Castle is a wonder that everyone has to see at least once in their life. [...]

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Okunoin Cemetery, located in Koyasan, is a most astonishing cemetery. Founded in 805 by Kobo Daishi, one of Japan’s most important religious figures. Koysan is the center of the Shingo Buddhist sect. Kobo Daishi mausoleum is at the center of Okunoin Cemetery. [...]

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During our latest travels to Wakayama, we had the chance to visit and stay overnight at Koyasan. And while we have shot many videos of Koyasan in the past, we could not resist giving it another try today. Enjoy Koyasan’s many wonders during the transition between winter and spring! [...]

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Located near Wakayama City, Awashima Jinja is a Japanese shrine-like no other. It’s known as the Memorial dolls shrine. Being first and foremost a shrine dedicated to women and where women come to pray for fertility and other health-related matters, Awashima Jinja is also famous for being the […]

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Ryoanji Temple, has Japan’s most famous zen rock garden! Originally designed for a rich aristocrat during the Heian Period, the site was later converted in 1450 into the Zen temple we know today which belongs to the Japanese Myoshinji school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. [...]

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