Despite being the 4th largest city in Japan with over 2 million inhabitants, Nagoya is often snubbed for its larger neighbor : Osaka. Still, Nagoya as a lot to offer and if you give it a chance, Nagoya will surely surprise you with its vibrancy and its unique atmosphere where modernity and tradition collide for […]

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Located in Kyoto Prefecture and more precisely near Kameoka City, the Izumo Daijingu was founded in 702 to enshrine the god Okuninushi and his beloved wife Mihotsu-hime. Izumo Daijingu is associated with 3 divine favors – health, marriage and fortune. Water spouting from Mikage mountain, known as Manai no Mizu, is supposed to bring longevity […]

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Located just 40 minutes away from Tokyo in Saitama City, the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum is the world’s first publicly run museum dedicated to bonsai art. With a collection boasting 100 bonsai masterpieces and bonsai-related artifacts such as bonsai pots, miniature landscape stones (called suiseki), books and woodblock prints, etc., tourists as well as bonsai […]

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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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Once a year in December, the famous Hikawa shrine in Saitama (north of Tokyo) holds the Toka Machi Market, the ‘10th day market’. This event coincides with the Daitosai, a ritual ceremony held at the Musashi Ichi-no-miya Hikawa Shrine on the 10th of December. It also plays host to over 1,300 street booths selling food […]

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