Kominka are Japanese traditional folk houses. Usually made of wood, clay, straw, and bamboo, Kominka were as spartan as you can imagine yet many survive in the Japanese countryside. While they have always been the center of interest of those Japanese people keen on reliving the past [...]

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Limiting Tokyo nights to the crazy neon lights of Shinjuku or Shibuya is not giving justice to the beauty of the city itself. Just a few train stations away from those two big names you will find some quiet places such as the area between Meguro-Ku & Setagaya-ku, [...]

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Founded around 1,900 years ago by legendary Prince Yamato Takeru, Nezu shrine is an important and very popular spiritual place near Tokyo. Each year, from April to May people can roam one of Tokyo's most beloved attractions. A garden path goes through the beautiful colors of almost 3,000 azalea […]

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Erected where the Japanese Saint Nichiren supposedly died in 1282, Ikegami Honmon-ji has since been the administrative headquarters, as well as the training and living quarters, of the Nichiren Shu followers. It’s also a famous cherry blossom spot around the amazing temple and pagoda. [...]

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Nikaryo Yousui, is a little stream of water that spreads from Kuji Station up to Noborito Station in Kawasaki city before reaching the Tama river. It is blessed by thousands of sakura trees all along its banks. [...]

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For those who've been interested in traveling to Japan, Nikko needs no introduction. Famous for its magnificent waterfall and many temples, Nikko is definitely a place to visit when in Japan. Less popular yet really worth experiencing is Nikko’s amazing National Park, especially in winter or autumn. [...]

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The State Guest House Akasaka Palace was originally built in 1909 as the Imperial Palace for the Crown Prince Togu Gosho. In 1974 the State Guest House Akasaka Palace was designated by the Government of Japan as an official accommodation for visiting state dignitaries. [...]

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On many occasions, we’ve covered the beautiful private garden that is Happo-En that is located in the center of Tokyo. But today’s video of Happo-en is a bit different. Every night from November 1st to December 15th, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful illumination [...]

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When visiting To-Ji temple, many may overlook its sub-temple, Kanchi-In. Located near the moat of Toji, Kanchi-In temple has been made famous thanks to its long history and beautiful gardens. Located in the temple is an ink painting drawn by the famous Miyamoto Musashi swordsman. [...]

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Today’s video was shot over a year ago. It can’t really be described as your usual TokyoStreetView video. No, today’s video is some old raw footage from when I was testing a new cinema camera to find out the effect it could have on my future workflow. [...]

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Unganji is a Zen temple located in the mountains near Otawara City in Tochigi prefecture. Part of the Rinzai School, it was built around the Heian era during the Daiji years (1126 ~ 1131). [...]

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Hotaru or firefly, are beloved in Japan. Often part of Japanese poems, songs, and stories they are unfortunately on their way to extinction due to the overzealous use of pesticides. Japanese streams are too often contaminated with pollutants, killing Hotaru and making them more and more difficult to find. [...]

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