A Guide to the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trails
Winding through the Kii Peninsula, these are the only UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage trails in Japan.
Visiting the Cradle of Japan
Miyazaki occupies a special place in Japanese history for a mountain town called Takachiho. For it was here the deity Ninigi-no-Mikoto, grandson of the sun goddess Amaterasu, is said to have descended to Earth.
5 Kyushu Shrines You Can't Miss
Shinto shrines can be found just about everywhere in Japan. But shrines in Kyushu are special, because Kyushu is, according to legend, home to the first places where the Shinto gods descended to Earth.
Interpreting the Key 'Omikuji'
These Japanese fortune-telling papers can bring you great blessings—or a great curse!
The Biggest Temple You've Never Heard Of
While many regions of Japan are world-renowned for their shrines and temples, sometimes it's the ones you've never heard of that leave the biggest impression.
3 Ways to Worship Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is an object of faith for Japanese people, and a place their hearts draw support from, as expressed by the official name under which it's registered as a Cultural World Heritage Site: 'Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration.'
3 Ways to Get More Out of a Temple Visit
Three can't-miss activities during a Japanese temple or shrine pilgrimage.
Throw 'Undama' at This Seaside Shrine
Udo Shrine in Miyazaki features a fun way to gain some good fortune!
Two Can't-Miss Shrines in Shizuoka
Shizuoka Prefecture houses the oldest Toshogu shrine in Japan, where shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu was laid to rest before being moved to Nikko. The shrine still contains part of his spirit.
How to Purify Yourself at a Japanese Shrine
Purify yourself in 15 (not-so-complicated) steps!
5 Stunning Temple & Shrine Videos
These five videos will instantly transport you to some of the most vivid temples and shrines in Japan!
4 Japanese Temples & Shrines in Hawaii
Hawaii is home to some stunning Japanese temples and shrines!
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?
Kicking It Old School
If you happen to be in Kyoto around the turn of the New Year, you won't want to miss this spectacle of men and women dressed in Heian-style robes playing their version of soccer.
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.
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!
Japan's Most Beautiful Armor Rests in Aomori
Kushihiki Hachiman-gu is a historical shrine in Hachinohe, Aomori, dating back to 1166. It's considered the most prestigious shrine built by the Nambu Clan, a samurai clan originating in northern Japan.
Searching for the Imperial Regalia of Japan
Japan's Imperial Regalia have only ever been seen by a select few. Here we try to demystify these national treasures, hunting down the sites where they are said to be located.
5 Vital Temple & Shrine Etiquette Tips
While going to a temple or shrine simply to observe is satisfactory on its own, it's well worth learning how to fully participate to get the most out of the experience.
6 Differences Between Temples & Shrines
I decided, once and for all, to figure out the differences between a temple and a shrine.