Visit: Temples & Shrines

2018.10.09 NEW
Discover Saihoji: The Ancient Moss Temple of Kyoto
It is said that Kyoto is home to thousands of  temples and shrines. You've probably already heard of the most famous ones: Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavil
2018.08.14
Hanazono Jinja: Find Peace and Prosperity at Shinjuku’s Largest Shrine
One of my favorite pastimes is discovering temples and shrines tucked away within the dense urban landscape of Tokyo. Sometimes the only hints you’ll
2018.08.08
Let’s Explore Arakicho: Empty Fields Turned into a Temple District in the Heart of Tokyo.
The Teramachi district, in the heart of Tokyo, consists of many temples, and the famous Suga Shrine featured in the “Your Name” movie. In this walking
2018.05.17
‘Your name’ real-life locations in Yotsuya (Part 1)
Did you know that most Tokyo locations that can be seen in ‘You name’ are real places that you can visit and are easily covered by foot? In the firs
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2018.01.15
Oiwa Inari Tamiya Jinja, a shrine connected to one of Japan’s most famous ghost stories “Yotsuya Kaidan”
Japan has a tradition of ghost stories dating from the Edo period and if you’ve been here before you may have heard some of them. “Yotsuya Kaidan” or
2017.12.15
Sainenji, a buddhist temple that houses the spear of the famous samurai and ninja Hattori Hanzo also known as the “Demon Hanzo”
Sainenji temple 西念寺 was built by Hattori Hanzo 服部半蔵 in the year 1590 in memory of the first son of his lord, the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Hattori Hanzo
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2017.04.14
Let’s find Onigawara! A part of traditional Japanese architecture at temples in Nara!
When visiting temples in Nara Prefecture, you’ll see ‘Onigawara’ on the roof tops and on the ends of the ridges of a gate. Onigawara is a roof ornamen
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2017.04.12
【SPRING】The symbol of Mt.Yoshino! Let’s take a walk around Kinpusenji Temple under the cherry blossoms in full bloom!!
Simo-senbon, Naka-senbon, Kami-senbon and Oku-senbon in Mt.Yoshino all bloom in chronological order starting from early April through late April. So
2017.02.14
The only Manju shrine in Japan! Visit Rin Shrine in Nara to get to know the history of Manju.
Rin Shrine (林神社) enshrines Jōin RIN (林 浄因) who brought steamed bean-paste buns (Manju) from China, and it is located on the ground of Kongo Shrine (漢國
2017.01.22
Visit Suga Shrine in Tokyo's Yotsuya: Ward off evil then see a real-life location for the hit anime film, “Your name”
In Tokyo’s Yotsuya area, at the heart of the city, Suga Shrine retains a peaceful atmosphere in an oasis of greenery. Originally an Inari Shrine - a
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2017.01.19
The Great Buddha is surprisingly big! The beautiful statues at Nara Todai-ji temple.
Nara’s famous Buddha statue is a colossal piece of artwork by 8th century craftsmen. How large is it? Its palm is 2.56 meters and its total height is
2016.12.28
There’s a secret behind the Main Hall! The New Year’s Festival in Tooka Ebisu Shrine.
Hi everyone! This is HIDE from Bura Bura Fukuoka! During the four-day period from January 8 to 11 of every year, a New Year’s Festival is held at Too
2016.12.13
We’ll show you how to enjoy Miyajidake Shrine in Fukuoka Prefecture, with must-see spots!
Hi everyone! This is HIDE from Bura Bura Fukuoka! I’d like to introduce Miyajidake Shrine located at the foot of the sacred Miyajidake Mountain in Fu
2016.11.22
Discovering fascinating felines around Gotokuji, Tokyo’s ‘Maneki Neko Town’
Maneki neko, or ‘beckoning cats’ are lucky charms that can be seen in shops and restaurants throughout Japan. With their paws raised invitingly, it’s
The Fudo-Myo-O statue
2016.09.14
Wish upon a moss-covered Buddhist statue! A nostalgic temple in Minami, Osaka
The Hozenji temple of the Buddhist Jyodo sect is located in Namba, Osaka. It is said that the temple had been moved from Kyoto to Osaka in 1673. All o