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! The red torii gate tunnel in Hie Shrine (日枝神社) in Akasaka may not be as grand as that of Fushimi Inari […]

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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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Discovering Himeji – 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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