Top 5 Sakura-Viewing Sites in Osaka
From castles to riverbanks, Osaka has some amazing spots for viewing cherry blossoms with your friends and family. Check out these sites during your next visit!
Brush Up on Your Japanese Buddhism Knowledge
Impress your friends by showcasing your knowledge of the differences between Japan's two main religions, Shinto and Buddhism—or wow them with the origin of those cute, one-eyed, red 'daruma' dolls.
The 6 Main Types of 'Omamori'
These good luck charms can provide you with all kinds of special help!
Take the Path of Faith to Discover Nature
Rediscover yourself in mystical places deep in the mountains.
Traditional Shopping in Ise
Oharai-machi and Okage-yokocho are two fantastic places that transport you back in time along the bustling shopping streets of Ise Grand Shrine.
Ski with Sakura in Sapporo
The end of April sees all but the nation's northernmost cherry blossoms fall to the ground. But on the island of Hokkaido, the annual wave of pink and white is only about to begin.
A Day Out at Ise Shrine
How to enjoy Ise Shrine in one day.
Kibitsu Shrine in Okayama
Kibitsu Shrine is a short drive from Okayama and Kurashiki Cities. The shrine is associated with the story of Momotaro, otherwise known as Peach Boy, who was said to have been born here.
When You Wish Upon a Pun
There’s a special reason why Japanese people offer ¥5 coins at temples and shrines.
10 Events to Attend During Golden Week 2016
2016 is a golden year for Japan's big Golden Week holiday. Not only can you catch a few traditional annual Golden Week events, but also some pretty rare ones as well!
Photos from Japan to You
Ranging from skin care and shoes to kimono and charms from shrines, blogger and model Matsu-you* introduces her favorite aspects of Japan for the G7 Japan 2016 Ise-Shima Photography Contest.
Take a Breakneck Video Tour of Japan!
Filmed during a three-week railway journey through Japan, this stupendously edited collection of memories reminds us of what can be so fascinating about this island nation.
The Wedded Rocks: Meoto Iwa
These 'wedded rocks' near Ise Grand Shrine are tied to the origin story of Japan.
Treasures on Land, Riches from the Sea
Studded with small bays and inlets, the peninsula known as Ise-Shima—the venue for the 2016 G7 Summit—is a utopia for those seeking a glimpse of classical Japan, from the expansive environs of the sacred shrine of Ise Jingu to the bounty of the ocean.
Tokyo's Final Photos of the Sakura Season?
As the spring breeze kicks up, cherry blossom petals get whisked away where they scatter on rivers and sidewalks, giving us one last dazzling display.
Think You're Cut Out to Be a Shrine Maiden?
A job listing site in Japan is currently featuring a very interesting part-time job in the new Akihabara Shrine.
The Ise-Shima G7 Summit Regions
10 cities around the country were selected to host ministerial meetings surrounding the 2016 G7 Summit in Ise-Shima. From education to IT and agriculture, each was selected for a very specific reason!
The Secret, Sacred Path to the Sea
One of Japan's best kept secrets, Motonosumi Inari Shrine, has over 100 'torii' gates. After going through them all, you can get a spectacular view of the Sea of Japan!
Tour Miyazaki through 6 Incredible Videos
Ancient shrines, traditional crafts, horseback riding, surfing, golf, great food and more all crammed against some of the most picturesque coastline you could hope to see. This is Miyazaki!
Full List: Japan’s UNESCO Shrines & Temples!
Japan is home to thousands of historic shrines and temples, and a good few of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A visit to just one can give insight into Japanese culture.