All About Japan

10 Iconic Japanese Gods

Between its traditions of Shinto and Buddhism, Japan has a rich pantheon of gods and goddesses. Here are 10 that you're likely to encounter while shrine and temple hopping around the country!

The Coexistence of Old & New

One unique aspect of Japan is to respect traditional culture and let it grow alongside new customs in today’s society. And Kamakura is a great place to see both.

Horyu-ji's Famous Buddhist Monuments

Travel to Horyu-ji, a historic Buddhist temple in Nara Prefecture that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples of Ancient Nara.

Saiho-ji: Kyoto's Rainy Season Gem

The rainy season brings gray clouds and inclement weather to Kyoto each June, but all that moisture leaves Saiho-ji moss temple glimmering like an emerald!

The Hill of Buddha — An Architectural Marvel

Outside the city of Sapporo, hidden by the beautiful, natural landscape of Hokkaido, rests an awe-inspiring statue.

Curious About Buddhist Cuisine?

If you've ever wanted to try 'Shojin Ryori' and experience the way monks eat in Japan, we know just the place!

The 3 Dragon Gates of Tokyo

Who needs Dragon Balls? There are three Dragon Gates in Tokyo said to grant the wish you make while touching them!

Hokokuji: The Bamboo Temple of Kamakura

Hokokuji is a fascinating old Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple located in the eastern hills of Kamakura.

Discover Kanzanji Temple in Shizuoka

Head to central Japan to recharge your batteries at this incredible power spot, and have the best freshwater eel you've ever tasted while there!

Follow the Footsteps of Poet Matsuo Basho

Pack your hiking boots and get ready for an adventure as we take you to the most fascinating and beautiful spots of Japan's deep north by way of the poet Matsuo Basho.

Battle of the Big Buddhas

Kamakura defends itself against rival Nara in the Battle of the Big Buddhas!

Clear Your Mind & Fill Your Stomach in Toyama

Try your hand at this Buddhist meditative activity at Oiwasan Nissekiji Temple in Toyama—then try the food!

Our 5 Favorite Tours in Kamakura

Not sure what to do and where to go in Kamakura? Let us give you some options for an unforgettable tour with a qualified guide.

Visit an Eerie Grove of Buddhist Statues

This village of Buddhist statues is either the beginning to a really good Miyazaki film—or a really terrifying Japanese horror film.

UNESCO's Historical Monuments of Ancient Nara

Once the capital of Japan, the historical monuments of Nara include temples, a shrine, a palace, a forest and lots of deer!

Start the Year off Right at This Zen Garden

Get a little balance and peace in your life by making Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens in Hiroshima one of your top destinations of 2017.

These Towering Statues Take the Cake

This giant Buddhist pagoda and Kannon statue in Fukui Prefecture will make you feel like you've shrunk to the size of an ant!

Revered Animals at Japan's Temples & Shrines

How can a cow heal your knee? Find out at these Tokyo-area temples and shrines!

The Custom of Communal Cleaning

While the spirit of cleaning is taught in Japanese schools, the principle very likely originated in Zen Buddhism, and continues on into adulthood.

The Secrets of the Daruma Doll

The Daruma doll symbolizes good luck and perseverance in modern-day Japan. But how did a tumbler toy come to have such cultural significance, and what are the reasons behind its peculiar customs?

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