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The 3 Most Notable Animals of Shinto Shrines

Visitors at Shinto shrines often see animal statues or motifs near the entrance, inside the shrine or on signs. What do the most notable animals symbolize?

No Trees, No Kiyomizu-dera

What are the three most notable woody materials used in the construction of Kiyomizu-dera?

6 Most-Visited New Year's Shrines & Temples

Check out these statistics to find out which temple or shrine has the largest number of attendees during New Year's—and maybe find out the spots to avoid!

5 Stunning Temple & Shrine Videos

These five videos will instantly transport you to some of the most vivid temples and shrines in Japan!

See Kyoto Mapped as it Once Was

So long as you have this map, you can feel as though you've slipped back into the Heian Period of Kyoto.

The Snowscape of Daigo Temple

The hidden Daigo Temple is one site you won't want to miss—especially in winter when snow blankets the grounds!

Top 10 Local Train Rides

Sit back, relax, and let us take you on a journey through the most scenic train rides Japan has to offer.

Bouldering + Karaoke = Boulkara

A Japanese operator of karaoke chains is combining bouldering with karaoke to create an entirely new and grueling activity called "boulkara."

48 Hours in Kyoto on a Budget

This isn’t Kyoto for the faint-hearted. So lace up your comfy shoes and get ready to hit the pavement!

How to Choose a Geisha Experience in Kyoto

From private dinners with maiko to evening walks to catch a glimpse of the famous entertainers, get the lowdown on the various ways you can meet Kyoto's renowned geisha!

Astro Boy Meets the Rinpa School of Painting

The classic anime characters by Osamu Tezuka that gave birth to modern anime come to life in this exhibit thanks to breathtaking backgrounds provided by the traditional Japanese painting school, Rinpa.

9 Weird Japanese Christmas Trees

Tired of the tinsel? Are ornaments too ordinary? How about decorating your tree with some of these unique ornaments?

The Venice of Japan

Venice isn't the only place where you can see houses floating on the sea.

5 Popular Love Shrines

Check out these endearing shrines if you're looking for a love blessing!

Take a Tour of Nijo Castle on Minecraft

Want to visit Nijo Castle in Kyoto, but don't have the time or the money? You're in luck, because one Minecraft user is recreating Nijo Castle one cube at a time—but with an unusual twist on the design.

10 Japanese Christmas Cakes—By Price!

There are plenty of kinds of Christmas cakes in Japan, and the limit may only be the size of your wallet!

A Kyoto-Lover's Guide to the Ancient Capital

Get tips and local knowledge from Kyoto-obsessed travelers, from must-see spots to unforgettable food.

Japan's 8 Creepiest Shrines & Temples

Most temples and shrines will bring you a sense of harmony and peace. However, some also come with their share of unnerving events and creepy stories.

Kyoto Kaiseki Chef Shrugs at Michelin Stars

This 400-year-old restaurant has been around since before Michelin stars existed, and may well remain long after they're gone.

8 Incredible Snow Scenes in Japan

Here's a selection of places that are beautiful in the warm weather, but in the winter, that beauty is multiplied!

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