Old lantern

This little-known garden is a true gem and breathtakingly lovely. It is located in a valley near the Doukutsu Kannon cave and has a waterfall, pond with colorful koi, zen garden, and moss garden. This garden is well worth the yen it costs to enter. I wouldn’t mind returning here every season!

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REBLOG: Dragon Quest: Hunting for dragons in the mountains of Nikko

NIKKO Dragon hunting may not be the first thing one thinks of when visiting Nikko. But in fact, the hunting there is excellent, and anyone can do it, and it’s a great way further to enhance the delightful sightseeing of this stunning area. Dragons are mythical beasts that, curiously, are found in the myths and […]

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Visiting temples and shrines

Let me briefly describe essential steps and manners concerning visiting Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Japan. While there is no strict dress code when visiting shrines and temples, it is recommended to be appropriately dressed to show respect at a place of worship. How to visit a temple Behave calmly and respectfully. Show your […]

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Fushimi Inari Taisha

Also known as “O-inari-san,” Inari shrines are the most familiar shrines to Japanese people. There are said to be some thirty thousand throughout the country, frequented by people of all ages. Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine with which all the others are affiliated. In the 1300 years since its establishment in 711AD. People […]

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Relationship with nature

When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature – this very unique to Japan. –Tadao Ando

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