Our last video on the Togakushi shrine will be dedicated to not a shrine itself but to one of its gates, the famous Zuishinmon Gate (随神門). Zuishinmon Gate is in fact part of the Togakushi-Okusha (奥社) located far off in the Togakushi village forest, and rather difficult to access, especially in winter. In fact, the […]

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The Togakushi-Hōkōsha (宝光社) shrine is the second of the three major Togakushi shrines and is located rather close to the the main shrine the Togakushi-Chūsha (中社). Just slightly smaller than its bigger brother, this shrine is only accessible by a long and difficult set of stairs that will quickly do its best to make your […]

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Today’s video will be a little special since it is actually the first video in a series of three. Indeed the famous shrine (jinja) Togakushi (Togakushi Shrine) in Nagano is spread across three main locations with each place hosting respectively, the main shrine the Togakushi-Chūsha (中社), the Togakushi-Hōkōsha (宝光社) and the Togakushi-Okusha (奥社). There are […]

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The Kami Tokikuni House is the most important residence of the defeated Taira general named Tairo no Tokidata, after he lost the battle of Dannoura. Sent in exile to the isolated region of the Noto peninsula, the general disavowed the clan and stopped using the name Taira, also known as Heike (which literally means “House […]

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Shiroyone Senmaida, or simply Senmaida is Noto Penisula’s most famous sight! Senmaida, which literally mean means “a thousand rice fields” or 1004 according to the Shiroyone Senmaida official website. It offers a breathtaking view from the end of April to July at sunset when the reflection of the sun hits the water-filled rice paddies. But […]

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The Noto Kongo Coast is a 14km long rock formation along the Sea of Japan and located on the west side of the Noto Peninsula below Wajima City. Facing tough elements like harsh winds and the wrath of the wild ocean, the Noto Kongo Coast is considered by many as one of the most beautiful […]

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Founded in 1294 by the Japanese saint Nichizo, a disciple of the Nichiren Sect, the Myōjō-ji Temple (Also known as Myojoji) is located in Noto Peninsula near Wajima and is now the head temple of the Nichiren Sect. Myōjō-ji Temple consists of a set of large buildings, set on atop a hill, which were created […]

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Located on the opposite side of Wajima on the Noto peninsula, Mitsukejima is an small, uninhabited island (150m long, 50m wide and 30m tall) famous for its unique shape. Also known as Gunkanjima “Battleship Island” because of its shape, this island has no link whatsoever with the other famous island named Gunkanjima, located in Nagasaki. […]

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Another very interesting attraction in Wajima is its Kiriko Hall exhibition. Kirikos are huge illuminated festival floats that light up the Noto peninsula city during the summer festival period from July to September, and then exhibited year-round in a dedicated museum located in Wajima city. If you are not fortunate enough to enjoy one of […]

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Let’s face it, the Noto peninsula is far from being the most popular tourist destination in Japan. Only accessible by plane or by car (no railways), this secluded place in Japan is actually a little heaven on earth for those who are looking to enjoy Japan without a horde of tourists (Japanese or not). Wajima, […]

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Located near Lake Yamanaka and just in front of Mt Fuji, Oshino Hakkai is a little village blessed by several crystal clear ponds fed by melting snow from the slopes of Mt. Fuji. Oshino Hakkai, with its location and amazing set of ponds, is the ideal spot for a stunning discovery but only for a […]

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Officially named Kitaguchi Hongū Fuji Sengen Jinja, the Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine or Fuji Sengen Shrine is dedicated to the Princess Konohanasakuya. It is a Shinto shrine mainly associated with Mount Fuji and, according to the Shrine officials, has over 1,000 “sister” shrines all across Japan. Located in a dense forest at the foot of Mt […]

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