Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko, Japan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Shinkyo Bridge which means the "sacred bridge" is one of the three magnificent bridges in Japan. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located in central Nikko at the entrance of Nikko's shrines and temples. It belongs to the Futarasan Shrine…

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Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the top thing to do in Nikko, Japan

Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the top thing to do in Nikko, Japan

Nikko is a famous hill-station north of Tokyo. I visited Nikko in mid-April driving from Tokyo with an English speaking Japanese tour guide. Even though I was a little late for the cherry blossom season, I was happy to visit the famous shrines and tourist spots in Nikko…

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Senso-ji & Nakamise Dori (shopping street) in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

Senso-ji & Nakamise Dori (shopping street) in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and also one of the most significant. After a delicious chanko nabe lunch at the Chanko Tomoegata Restaurant in Ryogoku, my guide and I headed to the Senso-ji temple.

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Things to do in Tokyo, Japan: Zozo-ji Temple, Daimon & Tokyo Tower

Things to do in Tokyo, Japan: Zozo-ji Temple, Daimon & Tokyo Tower

After stopping at the Bunkyo Civic Center and the LaQua Entertainment Park, my friend who was my guide for the day, took me to the Zozo-ji temple in Diamon. I had a desire to see the Tokyo Tower and even though I had seen it from the shuttle bus as...

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6 most important shrines & temples to visit in Kyoto, Japan

6 most important shrines & temples to visit in Kyoto, Japan

I was in Kyoto only for two nights and three days in the summer and even though I had very limited time, I was able to visit all the important shrines and temples that are a must-see in Kyoto. Since I was traveling solo, I had hired a tour guide to take...

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Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha), Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha), Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine, located in southern Kyoto, is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan, dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Thousands of vermilion torii gates create a labyrinth of trails that lead into a wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari...

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Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Gion's backalleys & Kenin-ji temple

Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Gion's backalleys & Kenin-ji temple

Gion is the most famous geisha district of Kyoto. It is filled with shops, restaurants and teahouses (ochaya), where the geishas entertain. It is located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. One of...

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Ryoan-ji, Zen Temple, Kyoto, Japan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ryoan-ji, Zen Temple, Kyoto, Japan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ryoan-ji is a Zen temple located in the northwest part of Kyoto, Japan. Originally a country house, it was converted into a Zen training temple in 1450. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple comprises of the main temple, the Kyoyochi Pond, the Rock Garden...

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Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan. A Zen Buddhist Temple & a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan. A Zen Buddhist Temple & a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After spending a good part of the morning at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, the Tenryuji Temple and the Okochi Sanso Gardens with my tour-guide in Kyoto, we took a taxi to Kinkaku-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kinkaku-ji Temple...

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Tenryu-ji Temple & Gardens, Kyoto, Japan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tenryu-ji Temple & Gardens, Kyoto, Japan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tenryū-ji, formally known as Tenryū Shiseizen-ji, is the most important temple in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tenryuji Gardens have been designed by the famous garden designer Muso Soseki. The garden features...

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Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Kiyomizu Dera Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Kiyomizu Dera Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Kiyomizu Dera is a Buddhist temple located in the eastern part of Kyoto. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temple was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. A wooden stage built without nails...

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Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Yasaka Shrine, a shinto shrine

Things to do in Kyoto, Japan: Yasaka Shrine, a shinto shrine

The Yasaka Shrine, also known as the Gion Shrine, is one of the most famous shrines in Japan. It is a Shinto shrine. Shinto shrines are places of worship and the dwellings of the kami, the Shinto 'gods'. Sacred objects of worship that represent the kami...

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