There are hundreds of types of traditional dances in Japan, and Awa Odori is one of the best-known ones. Originated in Tokushima, it is now enjoyed and danced hundreds of thousands of performers across Japan. [...]

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On the beautiful Lake Biwa, Japan's biggest natural lake, you will find the small island of Chikubu (Chikubu-Shima). There you will find more remote temples with Tsukubusuma-Jinja Shrine and the famous Hogon-Ji Temple (Hogonji) which was founded on the island by the priest Gyoki(668-749) [...]

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Tokyo Olympic Games are just a little less than 400 days away and the whole city goes through a real construction frenzy. Here under this forest of orange and white cranes you cas see the future Olympic village in Harumi wharf. A whole area is being built from scratch, consisting in 21 buildings from 14 […]

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White limestone rocks, deep blue sea, wonderful sky, white fishing boats here and there… All this sounds very Mediterranean for ;ost Europeans, but such landscapes can also be found in Wakayama, in Shirasaki (near Kii-Yura city). This area proposes many camp grounds and a few famous diving spots to enjoys the local sea life. Gear […]

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Located in the suburbs of Otsu, Shiga prefecture capital city, Kanou Shoujuan Sunai no Sato is a longstanding Japanese style confectioner famous all across Japan. While people visiting Kanou Shoujuan Sunai no Sato can shop for some of the best Japanese sweet, it is also possible there to participate […]

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Kamikura Jinja is located halfway up a mountain slope. It takes around 500 uneven stone steps to reach the top and this enormous boulder where the Gods first came to Earth according to the Japanese mythology. From there you can take a rest and enjoy a wonderful view on Shingu City. Gear used: Fujifilm X-T3 […]

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Kumano Hayatama Taisha is one of the three most important temples in the Kumano area (the two others being Hongu Taisha and Nachi Taisha). The shrine has been established in the 12th century and hosts an impressive collection of national treasures in a dedicated museum. Gear used: Fujifilm X-T3 + 23mm f/1.4

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Bon Odori is a Japanese traditional folkloric dance. Bon Odori, which has a history of approximately 1,000 years. Actually, this Folkloric dance is for worshiping ancestors in the “Bon season” (July-August) derived from Buddhism, and there are more than 1,000 different types of dance nationwide in Japan [...]

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Just on the opposite side of the Tonomura Shigeru house, you will find another beautiful Japanese traditional house turned museum which also belonged to a member of the Tonomura family, Uhee Tonomura. Here you will be able to enjoy every room that the house has to offer and enjoy […]

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Tonomura Shigeru is a famous Japanese writer. The Tonomura Shigeru House, or in Japanese Tonomura Shigerutei, is a beautiful traditional Japanese house with a little garden located in the heart of Gokasho Kondo. The house has been turned into a museum. [...]

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The Traditional Townscape of Gokasho, also known as Gokasho Kondo, is a set of former merchant residences located in Higashi-Omi, Shiga Prefecture and is comprised of 3 temples and 3 houses with a garden turned museum. Gokasho Kondo is designated as a national traditional building conservation district […]

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Daimonzaka is a truly beautiful path leading to another wonderful landmark in Wakayama prefecture, Kumano Nachi Taisha and the Nachi Falls. The path itself is really worth a little walk. The stone stairs, the huge and old trees along the way (many of them being over 800 years old) both contribute to the quasi-mystical atmosphere […]

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