Getting to Know Japan's Daikannon
Some of Japan's tallest and most interesting statues represent the deity Kannon. The Goddess of Mercy is the centerpiece of many religion sites in Japan, several of which are easily accessible from Tokyo, and are perfect for a day or weekend trip!
Getting the Dirt off Buddha's Shoulders
The annual ritual of dusting Buddha statues took place at Horyuji, a temple registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
12 Things to Do in Charming Kanazawa
Kanazawa, the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, sits on the Sea of Japan, bordered by scenic mountain ranges and national parks, has well-preserved art and culture. Read on for a list of 12 things you can do in Kanazawa.
Top 16 Most Unusual Things To Do In Japan
Japan's unique characteristics offer brand new adventures one won't soon forget. Read this article for a list of the most unusual things to do in Japan, courtesy of Trip101.
Kyoto's Top 5 Photogenic Temples & Sanctuaries
Kyoto is full of jaw-dropping and historic temples, so narrowing down a list to only five was quite the challenge! Our friends at Trip101 present Kyoto's top 5 photogenic temples!
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
Celebrating 100 Years of Meiji Shrine
2020 marks one hundred years since the enshrinement of Japan's beloved Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken at Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi. Check out all of the celebrations and special exhibits here!
Annual Bean-Tossing Events Held Across Japan
In a way to welcome good fortune and drive out the bad, Setsubun festivities were held in various parts of Japan on February 2 with limited participants amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A Mountainous Trove of Nature and Culture
Among all of Japan's national parks, it's hard to match the accessibility of Nikko National Park.
runAway to Todaiji Temple
The runAway Japan team visits Todaiji Temple, arguably THE must-see sight in Japan's ancient capital, Nara.
A Taste of the Kumanokodo Pilgrimage
Join the runAway Japan team as they take on the Magose Toge Trail, the most popular portion of the UNESCO-recognized Kumanokodo Pilgrimage.
Monks Are Praying for Coronavirus Eradication
Buddhist monks are praying for the eradication of epidemics, including the novel coronavirus outbreak spreading around the world.
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.
A Perfect Weekend in Kobe
Kobe is Kansai's best-kept secret. Its foreign influence is a great attraction, while often overlooked is its ancient history and natural beauty. This guide sets you on track for an awesome weekend getaway.
Nostalgic Trip to a Beloved Tokyo Neighborhood
The Shibamata neighborhood on the outskirts of Tokyo retains the essence of the city’s “everyman” past. An iconic films series has helped to preserve its charms.
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!
Kyoto Ducklings' Annual Temple to River Trip
Ducklings born at a temple in Kyoto move to a nearby river in what has become an annual event. The move has become an annual event since a pair of ducks came to the temple and had babies in a pond 15 years ago.
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.
Mixed Reactions Over End of State of Emergency
People in Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto in western Japan where the coronavirus state of emergency was lifted show mixed reactions over the move.
Yutenji Temple: 300-Year World War Survivor
Yutenji Temple was founded in 1723 near Shibuya and miraculously managed to escape the world wars without much damage. As a result, you can witness the history of the original Buddhist temple as it was 300 years ago.