Beautiful Sacred Spots of Tokyo

Tokyo is not the first place one who think of when it comes to shrines and temples, especially central Tokyo. But I have uncovered some beautiful holy places right in the middle of bustling Tokyo! Hie Shrine The red torii gate tunnel in Hie Shrine (日枝神社) in Akasaka may not be as grand as that of […]

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Kamakura Day Trip: Beaches, Ajisai, Temple and Shrines

Kamakura (鎌倉) is a coastal town endowed with not only beautiful ocean views, but rich history in its numerous shrines and temples. Only one hour away from Tokyo, it is no wonder that it gets extremely crowded on weekends, especially during the hydrangea season, which is right now in June. But as Kamakura is pretty big, […]

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Exploring Kyoto and Arashimaya in Summer

Visiting Kyoto brought back fond memories for me. Back in my university days, I had stayed in Osaka for summer exchange, and during my six weeks there, there was a student trip organised to Kyoto where we met Kyoto University students and learned more about the beautiful city steeped in history and traditions. There were […]

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Taking Kinosaki Onsen Ropeway and Making Onsen Eggs

After one day of soaking in onsen and feeling utterly refreshed from our ryokan stay, we were able to use our restored energy to explore the rest of this pretty little town. I noticed a ropeway at the end of the town and we made our way there, taking in the beautiful and serene sights […]

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Discovering Himeji – A Hike up Mt Shosha to Engyoji Temple

Climbing Mt. Shosha (書写山, Shoshazan) might have been made easier by the introduction of modern technology (ropeway), but the ropeway only takes you to midway up the mountains. We were left to make our own way up to Engyoji temple (円教寺, Engyōji), a temple complex with temple buildings spread over forested surroundings. The rest of the trek […]

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