The Road to Koyasan: A One-Day Pilgrimage with Kobo Daishi
Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims on this day hike up Japan's Mt. Koya, home to over 100 temples.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good Reads: A Passion for Japan
In this new book, 31 foreigners who have made Japan their long-term home share their passions, from sumo to baseball, traditional festivals, martial arts, the tea ceremony, and many more.
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.
An Ancient Japanese Legend Restored to View: Prince Shotoku in 8K
A new use of technology gives us better access to fragile treasures from Japan's past. See how, in a very special Tokyo museum.
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.
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!
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!
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.
The Most Important Japanese Shrine You've Never Heard Of
While Usa Jingu Shrine is the most prestigious shine of the Shinto religion after Ise Jingu Shrine, it is little known, even among many Japanese. But it is an important part of Japan's religious history, and gateway to the fascinating Kunisaki peninsula.
Experience the Dance of the Golden Dragon
Twice a year in Asakusa, a golden dragon appears at Sensoji Temple...
Five Secret Spots in Nara You HAVE to Visit
Escape the crowds at these secluded temples and shrines in Japan's ancient capital, Nara!
Getting the Great Buddha Ready for Summer
Watch as Nara's Great Buddha, in Todai-ji Temple, gets cleaned before the Obon summer holiday.
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
Taming the Tiger Temple of Nara
Head to Chogosonshi-ji in Nara for a uniquely feline temple experience!
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.
Buddhist Monk on Celebrating Sexual Diversity
Makeup artist and Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura discusses their views on sexual diversity and faith.