For the third and last video of our Okunoin Cemetery series, we wanted to help you discover what Okunoin looks and sounds like at night when most of the tourists are long gone and enjoying a good onsen or dinner in one of the many temples around. [...]

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On this second part of our video series on Okunoin Cemetery (Koyasan - Wakayama), we wanted to spend some time on some of the old, yet most beautiful tombs and mausoleums of Okunoin Cemetery. It is very difficult for us to describe the unique ambiance and beauty of some of Okunoin’s [...]

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Okunoin Cemetery, located in Koyasan, is a most astonishing cemetery. Founded in 805 by Kobo Daishi, one of Japan’s most important religious figures. Koysan is the center of the Shingo Buddhist sect. Kobo Daishi mausoleum is at the center of Okunoin Cemetery. [...]

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Yokaichi is roughly a 1.5km long street in the City of Uchiko (Ehime) and the center of what used to be a city named Yokaichi. There you will find time almost frozen. If you ignore of course the few cars passing by, as well as many beautiful houses, gardens […]

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Every year, the lovely city of Uchiko in Ehime holds a unique kite festival where amateurs and schools of the Uchiko area come and show off their skills. The winner here will be the person who was able to let his kite fly as high as possible. [...]

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Located in the heart of Uchiko in Ehime, Izumiya is one of those very few places where you can still enjoy the wonder of Japanese old rice terraces. Lost in the mountains, with roads barely larger than your average compact Japanese car, Izumiya is well known all over Japan […]

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Founded in 1441, Kosho-Ji is Uchiko City's main temple and features many interesting architectural point of interest. Its Sanmon (Main gate) built around 1754 is surrounded by cherry trees, as well as the second entrance gate (Chujyakumon) and its unique corridor connecting both the monastery and the temple […]

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Carrying the name of its founder, Mr. Miyabe, Miyabe Geta is one of the last Geta factory in the Ehime region. It all started in 1933 when Mr. Miyabe, only 13 years old at this time, became an apprentice at a local Geta factory and where he developed his […]

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Yuge Shrine is located in the mountains of Uchiko in Ehime which attracts many tourists from around the world thanks to its uniquely shaped covered wooden Taiko bridge. Built during the Muromachi era (1336-1573) the Yuge Shrine was dedicated to the Himairi-Shinko custom of villagers living in the surrounding area coming to pray everyday […]

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Also known as the Beer King, Takahashi Ryutaro was not only instrumental in the business development and growth of beer in Japan but also he became the Minister of International Trade and Industry and one of the most prominent faces to the post-war economic revival of Japan. […]

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Located in the heart of Uchiko’s historic district, Take Kobo (Take-Kōbō) is a bamboo workshop where you can find some of finest bamboo products such as bags, saucers, chairs and even bamboo made chopsticks. […]

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Also known at the Kamihaga residence, the Uchiko Wax museum is the birthplace and former workshop of the Kamihaga family and their Japanese Wax empire. Unlike many other wax manufacturers around the world, the Uchiko Kamihaga family wax was in fact pure vegetal wax coming from sumac tree berries and mainly used in candles, […]

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