5 Places to Experience Zen Meditation in Japan
Looking to get hands-on with some of Japan's oldest traditions? Zen meditation is a great way to practice mindfulness and relax, and there are plenty of great places around the country where visitors can enjoy it!
Taming the Tiger Temple of Nara
Head to Chogosonshi-ji in Nara for a uniquely feline temple experience!
In & Around Tokyo: Off the Beaten Track
A typical trip to Japan would likely include Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo or a perhaps day trip to the countryside. However, from ancient treasures to modern marvels, there's richness and rewards for those, like André Mazzone, who take the road less traveled.
Englishwoman, Buddhist Priest, Country Mom
Victoria Yoshimura went from English teacher to Buddhist priest at a rural Kyushu temple, with many adventures on the way
Sake Brewing in Saku
Ever tried sake brewing? Learn how an ancient beverage can give you a glimpse into some of Japan's most enduring cultural traditions in the city of Saku, in Nagano.
Nanzoin: Discover Fukuoka's Reclined Buddha
Fukuoka has a well-earned reputation as one of Kyushu's culinary hotspots, but it's also home to an incredibly unique temple! Hop on a train from Hakata Station to see the largest reclining bronze Buddha in the world tucked into a Kyushu mountainside!
Temple of Thousands of Foxes: Toyokawa Inari
You won't find a temple as uniquely decorated as the Toyokawa Inari Betsuin Temple. The temple is adorned with thousands of fox statues and bright red banners. With such an impactful imagery, you'll feel like you've been whisked away to Kyoto.
In the Footsteps of Japan’s Yamabushi Ascetics
Visit this isolated village in central Japan for a glimpse of Japan's ancient ascetic traditions that are still being practiced today.
Experience the Dance of the Golden Dragon
Twice a year in Asakusa, a golden dragon appears at Sensoji Temple...
Getting the Great Buddha Ready for Summer
Watch as Nara's Great Buddha, in Todai-ji Temple, gets cleaned before the Obon summer holiday.
The World's in Love with Zen
Zen concepts and practices have heavily influenced prominent people in the West in all fields, from business to entertainment to the arts. What is it about Zen that attracts them?
Discover Your Spiritual Side at Koyasan
Mount Koya is one of Japan’s most sacred spots, and the perfect place to experience an overnight stay in a Buddhist temple.
Religious Leaders Team Up to Pray for COVID-19
We're taking a look at this photo of religious leaders exhibiting all the elements we look for in an anime or movie scene when the most powerful members band together for the last stand.
Pilgrimage Temples & Sake Brewers Join Forces
Buddhist temples that are part of the Shikoku Pilgrimage and local sake makers in southwestern Japan cooperate to overcome difficulties they face amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Five Secret Spots in Nara You HAVE to Visit
Escape the crowds at these secluded temples and shrines in Japan's ancient capital, Nara!
Looking for Luxury? Japan Has You Covered!
As international customers rush to discover Japan's many charms, efforts are being made to attract affluent tourists looking for high-end luxury experiences.
All About Shojin Ryori
While new trends in dieting come and go throughout the years, one way of dining in Japan that has firmly remained since the 13th century is Shojin Ryori. Let's dig in and find out what makes this unique style of food so special and where you can try it.
Buddhist Monk on Celebrating Sexual Diversity
Makeup artist and Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura discusses their views on sexual diversity and faith.
Monk Covers Marley with Buddhist Instruments
Don't you worry about a thing, because this musical monk will make everything all right with his Bob Marley covers.
Ritual for the Regrets of Unused Paid-Time-Off
In Osaka, a Buddhist monk sat at the front of a large room chanting, surrounded by 300 lanterns. The chants, however, were not Buddhist scriptures. They were the regrets and remorse of individuals who had been unable to take their paid-time-off.