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Mixed Reactions Over End of State of Emergency

People in Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto in western Japan where the coronavirus state of emergency was lifted show mixed reactions over the move.

Monks Are Praying for Coronavirus Eradication

Buddhist monks are praying for the eradication of epidemics, including the novel coronavirus outbreak spreading around the world.

Year-end Cleaning at Naritasan Shinshoji

Buddhist monks spruce up Naritasan Shinshoji Temple for the annual end-of-year cleaning.

Celebrating 100 Years of Meiji Shrine

2020 marks one hundred years since the enshrinement of Japan's beloved Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken at Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi. Check out all of the celebrations and special exhibits here!

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.

Yutenji Temple: 300-Year World War Survivor

Yutenji Temple was founded in 1723 near Shibuya and miraculously managed to escape the world wars without much damage. As a result, you can witness the history of the original Buddhist temple as it was 300 years ago.

Kyoto Ducklings' Annual Temple to River Trip

Ducklings born at a temple in Kyoto move to a nearby river in what has become an annual event. The move has become an annual event since a pair of ducks came to the temple and had babies in a pond 15 years ago.

Getting the Dirt off Buddha's Shoulders

The annual ritual of dusting Buddha statues took place at Horyuji, a temple registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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.

Exploring Japan's Three-Star Road

Japan's Three-Star Road is home to a host of Michelin-recognized sites and wonders, comprising a compact area that covers four prefectures. With the new Three-Star Ticket option, exploring this stretch of Japan is easier than ever before.

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!

runAway to Todaiji Temple

The runAway Japan team visits Todaiji Temple, arguably THE must-see sight in Japan's ancient capital, Nara.

Going to Gotokuji, The Lucky Cat Temple

If you are obsessed with cats, then if there is one temple you should visit: Gotokuji Temple—the temple adorned with hundreds of maneki neko, or lucky beckoning cat statues.

Getting to Know Japan's Daikannon

Some of Japan's tallest and most interesting statues represent the deity Kannon. The Goddess of Mercy is the centerpiece of many religion sites in Japan, several of which are easily accessible from Tokyo, and are perfect for a day or weekend trip!

Five Secret Spots in Nara You HAVE to Visit

Escape the crowds at these secluded temples and shrines in Japan's ancient capital, Nara!

Annual Bean-Tossing Events Held Across Japan

In a way to welcome good fortune and drive out the bad, Setsubun festivities were held in various parts of Japan on February 2 with limited participants amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A Taste of the Kumanokodo Pilgrimage

Join the runAway Japan team as they take on the Magose Toge Trail, the most popular portion of the UNESCO-recognized Kumanokodo Pilgrimage.

12 Things to Do in Charming Kanazawa

Kanazawa, the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, sits on the Sea of Japan, bordered by scenic mountain ranges and national parks, has well-preserved art and culture. Read on for a list of 12 things you can do in Kanazawa.

A Mountainous Trove of Nature and Culture

Among all of Japan's national parks, it's hard to match the accessibility of Nikko National Park.

Kyoto's Top 5 Photogenic Temples & Sanctuaries

Kyoto is full of jaw-dropping and historic temples, so narrowing down a list to only five was quite the challenge! Our friends at Trip101 present Kyoto's top 5 photogenic temples!

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