伏見稲荷大社Kyoto

Bright Vermilion Glows in Kyoto – Fushimi Inari Taisha

Kyoto is Japan’s best tourism place. There are tourists from both inside and abroad Japan regardless of season. In spring, new green leave grow. In summer, the sounds of Furin (Japanese wind bell) and a view of the waterfront make us forget the heat. In fall, there are colored leaves decorating the top of the mountains and roofs. In winter, temples and shrines are covered by snow. As mentioned, there are beauties throughout the seasons, therefore, I can say Kyoto is the best city in Japan. I can’t however, explain Kyoto in one word because there are tons of historic spots, temples and shrines. When I name places in Kyoto,…

Hokkaido

A Museum In A University? Let’s Explore The Hokkaido University Museum!

*In a part of the article, it may have a shocking content for some people. Please be aware that it is introduced as a research resource. Thank you for your understanding in advance. The only national university in Hokkaido is “The Hokkaido University”. Did you know that there is even a museum in the university? In this article, I would like to introduce what to see in “The Hokkaido University Museum” in the university. The museum which was built as a part of research facility has many unique features. This museum does not only contribute to the research, but also has many charms as a sightseeing site to learn the…

赤い提灯と「門かぶりの松」が迎える長谷寺の山門Kanagawa

Hasedera Temple Where Old History and Faith Dwell

One of the most famous sightseeing spots in Japan, Kamakura city in Kanagawa prefecture. There are more than 150 temples in Kamakura which has more than 800 years of its history. There are various temples such as a temple with valuable Buddha statues and important properties, a temple with beautiful flowers, a temple which is famous for a well-known historical figure, a temple with traditions, a temple with a great view…. If you like visiting temples, you would enjoy Kamakura a lot. Among the temples in Kamakura where a lot of people visit every day, especially Hasedera temple is popular. If you ask, “where is the best place to visit…

Tokyo

Ryogoku Kokugikan fascinates tourists with its Sumo Wrestling Tournaments

When speaking of Sumo’s holy ground, one name comes to mind ; The Ryogoku Kokugikan. A lot of foreigners who like Sumo went to this Kokugikan in Ryogoku and it became a popular place to visit when visiting Tokyo. About 3,000 tickets are sold at every place in a ticket vending machine prepared for foreign customers, but they are said to be completely sold out immediately. The Ryogoku Kokugikan is also scheduled to be the Olympic boxing venue of 2020. What is so fascinating about it?

Yamanashi

3 Places to Enjoy Japan’s Highest Mountain; Mt.Fuji without Climbing It

Mt.Fuji is a symbol of Japan. It’s often proudly introduced as the heart and soul of Japanese people. It stands at 3776.3m and is the highest mountain in Japan. It also is famous for its beautiful view. Mt.Fuji has been the best for Japanese due to its marvelous look. Many people want to reach the top of the mountain, but it takes time and you need to have endurance. However, you can still enjoy Fuji without climbing the mountain. I, Manabu Kato as a travel buff; visited 3 fun places. First, Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi, where you can enjoy the view of Mt.Fuji. Second, an amusement park with many attractions;…

鶴ヶ城Fukushima

Speaking of Aidu Castle, Tsuruga Castle; History of a tragic castle and its three high spots

Tsuruga castle, also called as Wakamatsu castle, is known as one of the best 100 castles in Japan selected by Fukushima prefecture Aidu, Wakamatsu city.  Tsuruga castle itself was demolished in 1874 as a deserted castle, yet was rebuilt in 1965.  Here, doesn’t anybody think it is a bit strange here? 「Why a castle rebuilt just 50 years ago would be selected as one of the best castles of Japan? Maybe the standard is a bit low?」 Anyways, “the Best 100 castles of Japan” is a list of all great castles in Japan set by judicial foundation of castle building association and its basis of selection are five categories that…

Nagano

Spiritual Energy Spots In Shinshu! Visiting Togakushi Shrine And Gosha Shrines

Togakushi shrine is located in a sacred mountain, Mt. Togakushi, in Nagano prefecture.  This Togakushi shrine has around 2000 years of its history and has become a popular sightseeing spot since visiting spiritual spots, shrines, and temples and collecting the stamps is a recent popular activity in Japan. I would like to introduce charms of Togakushi shrine which has five shrines, Okusha, Kuzuryusha, Chusha, Hinomikosha, Hokosha, and a traveling route I recommend. 

Hyogo

The First World Heritage In Japan, “Himeji Castle”! The Secret And The Reason Why It’s Pure White

“Himeji Castle” in Himeji city, Hyogo prefecture attracts people from all over the world. It was registered as a national treasure in 1951, and also was registered as the first world heritage with Horyuji temple in Nara in 1993. This beautiful castle is also called “Hakuro Castle”. Himeji castle has been beautiful with its white wall and roof. Why is Himeji castle different from other castles in Japan and white? I’d like to introduce Himeji castle where you would want to visit if you come to Japan.

京都駅ビルKyoto

Use Your Spare Time! 6 Ways to Enjoy “Kyoto Station Building”

Kyoto used to be the center of Japanese culture for 1000 years. It’s one of the best tourism places in Japan and tourist from all over the world visit to see the beautiful streets and historical buildings. Trip Advisor mentions 3 spots in Kyoto – Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kiyomizu Shrine and Kinkaku Ji, they have been awarded as popular tourist spots for foreign tourists One of the common problems on the trip is 「I have spare time.」 Has it ever happened to you? It always happens to me. For example, I had extra time until the bus or train came. I didn’t want to go back to the hotel or spend…

大久野島Hiroshima

Not only rabbits! Not only poison gas factory! There are more ways to enjoy Okuno island

When people find out that I am from Hiroshima, they always ask me a question, “Have you been to the rabbit island?”. To be honest, I had never heard about it until 2 years ago. After I looked up, I found out the rabbit island is Okuno island which is located in Takehara city in Hiroshima.  Okuno island and rabbits have existed for a long time, but after SNS got popular, this island got famous as an island you can see a lot of rabbits. Now people from all over the world visit this island.  I went to Okuno island for the first time. I would like to introduce spots…