Wakayama has many picturesque landscapes to offer. One of these natural landmarks is the Hashigui-Iwa rock formations in Kushimoto. The legend says that a monk tried to build a bridge to Oshima island, but a demon prevented him to do so, letting these “pillars” as sole remains of the aborted construction. Catching it at sunrise […]

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Wakayama produces a lot of wood, and has many waterways. Lumberjacks used them to bring fresh cut logs downstream, to their processing facilities. Today they propose to carry tourists on those logs (a tourist-friendly version, with seats and handrails) on the Kitayama river and its rapids. The ride takes 45 mn roughly and costs 6.000 […]

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Genkyu-en Garden is a Daimyo ("feudal lord") garden located to the northeast of Hikone Castle.  It was created in 1677 to resemble the Eight Views of Omi originating from the Chinese Eight Views of Xiaoxiang and from the Eight Views of Lake Biwa. [...]

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Kamikura Jinja is a little shrine located halfway up Mount Gongenyama. It is said that the Gods first came to Earth through this very temple, and brought the fire as a gift to humans. To celebrate this, a ceremony is held every year; the Oto matsuri consists in making dozens of participants recently down hill, […]

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Completed in 1622 after more than 20 years of intense labor, Hikone Castle, a hilltop castle, survived many wars and calamities is one of Japan’s very few original castles entirely build in wood, unlike Osaka and Aichi Castle for example. [...]

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Hachiman-bori Canal is the pride and joy of Omihachiman City. The canal is five-kilometers long and was used in the past to not only transport people and merchandise but also used to divide the city by class and caste. [...]

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During our second trip to Wakayama prefecture we had the great pleasure to be granted a model, dressed in Heian ishom or Hean era costume. At that time only noble people wore this costume to walk along the Daimon-zaka leading to the wonderful Kumano Nachi Taisha and the Nachi Falls. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + […]

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One of the most iconic view in Japan: the Nachi Falls and the orange pagoda in the foreground. This day we were lucky and had a few rain showers while we were setting up our cameras. In many places it’s just bad luck, but here it’s a blessing: the pagoda becomes shiny and the hills […]

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Located at the foot of Mount Hachiman in Shiga prefecture, and a few meters away from the Hachiman Bori canal, Himure Hachimangu Shrine is the largest shrine in Omihachiman. It was first established in 131 by Takenouchi no Sukune. In 275 Emperor Ojin visited the shrine and had a […]

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Ukimido is located by the beautiful shores of Lake Biwako, just 30 minutes away from the center of Kyoto. Ukimido, is also known as the "floating temple hall" at Mangetsuji, and  is famous for being featured as one of the Eight Views of Omi, "wild geese returning home at Katata." [...]

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Often wrongly credited as one of the many beautiful temples of Kyoto, Enryakuji, is actually located on top of Mount Hieizan in Shiga prefecture. It is properly credited however as one of the most important monasteries in Japanese history as well as being the headquarters of the Tendai sect […]

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Not too far from the beautiful torii of Shirahige Shrine, you will find the small village of Harie and its unique feature: free water! Thanks to its several rather easily accessible water springs Harie, also know in Japanese as “Shozu-No-Sato” or The Village of Pure Water” [...]

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