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You’re probably wondering what could be so controversial about a Zen temple, just like I was. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ryoan-ji Temple (Temple of the Peaceful Dragon) is home to one of the most famous “Karesansui,” or Zen rock gardens; the origin and meaning of this garden are still contested by historians. The garden still remains today; the only plant life being the moss around the rocks. Sitting on an...

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Hiraizumi Chusonji 2016 is a commemorative year for Chusonji Temple and Hiraizumi; it has been nearly 5 years since this location was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established by the Fujiwara clan, rulers of northern Japan during the Heian Period (794 – 1185), Hiraizumi is Tohoku’s first World Heritage Site. Before the establishment of Chusonji Temple, there is no historical or archaeological evidence of...

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General Information About Shirakawago AND Gokashomura Nobody really knows how these villages started, or who started them. But one thing is for certain: the architecture of the village homes is so unique and unseen anywhere else in the world, that the villages themselves have been designated as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.   The villages are located in between mountains, and they feature a certain type of homes called...

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Quaint and vivacious, slender and attractive; Japan has something for everyone to do, but you may ask yourself “What can I do there that I can’t do here?” There are countless things you couldn’t do in most of the world, but here are some of the most unique experiences in Japan:   1: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Japan has 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and that number is only getting larger. From Chuson-ji Temple, independently...

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Yep, you heard right– Himeji Castle is the BIGGEST Samurai Castle in the world… Which means it’s the BIGGEST Castle in Japan! This castle is rich with history– after its initial creation, it has been remodeled, rebuilt, and reconstructed a myriad of times by various rulers and owners. General Information About Himeji Castle Dubbed as the “White Heron Castle” because of the resemblance to a flying...

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Setonaikai is an inland sea lying in between Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, and it faces 11 prefectures from Wakayama Prefecture in Honshu to Fukuoka Prefecture in Kyushu. These broad waters, 450 kilometers from east to west and 15-55 kilometers from north to south, are dotted with some 3,000 islands, large and small. Thanks to the geographical condition, these waters are highly admired as one of the best scenic spots in Japan....

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