Okunoshima is an island once used as a fishing village, hidden in plain sight and selected for its defensive location by the Japanese military; it has since been re-purposed, but is a great site for sight seeing, as it has a beautiful landscape, view, tons of rabbits, and urban decay. So what is it like going to Okunoshima? See what Chris from You Should Visit Japan has to say below! When 日本人 in America ask me where I have been in...Read More
Resting in the holy mountain island of Miyajima the Daishoin Temple is just at the base of the mountain, surrounded by beautiful trees. Miyajima Island is most well-known for UNESCO World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shrine and the “Floating” Torii Gates, which appear to float in the water during high tide. Daishoin Temple is a hidden gem in the emerald green sea of maple trees. This quaint shrine was established in 806, the first year...Read More
Tomonoura is a cozy port town you’ll find in the bay of the Seto Inland Sea within the Hiroshima prefecture. A part of the Setonaikai National park, Tomonoura is about two hours away from Hiroshima city; remaining largely untouched by time since its establishment, Tomonoura is quite the hidden gem. Much like many of the towns built during the construction of the railroads in the United States, like Yermo in California, you’ll find a...Read More
We have created “Must see places in Japan” Top 40 lists. Here is No.1 through No.10. No.1 Fushimi Inari, Kyoto No.2 Kanazawa, Ishikawa No.3 Todaiji Temple, Nara No.4 Asakusa Sensoji, Tokyo No.5 Mr. Fuji, Shizuoka and Yamanashi No.6 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima No.7 Shirakawago, Gifu No.8 Miyajima, Hiroshima No.9 Takayama, Gifu No.10 Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo Let’s find out No.11 trought No. 40....Read More
Kurashiki is a city that blends one of the heaviest industries in western Japan (second after Osaka) with tradition and culture, thus creating a unique mix of “new” and “old.” Located along the coastal Setonai Sea at the edge of Honshu (mainland Japan), Kurashiki has had a long history as a center of business and politics, even during the Hei’an Period (well before the Edo Period). It is most famous...Read More
‘Izumo-taisha’ Shinto shrine, which was built as an ancient national project, boasts Japan’s largest ‘honden’ main building.
Against ‘Ise-jingu’ Shinto shrine, which is dominant in the field of ‘Shintoism’ Japan’s native religion, Izumo-taisha with the largest honden main building stands out from others. This shrine was depicted in ‘Kojiki’ and ‘Nihonshoki’, Japan’s oldest history books early in the 8th century. According to these books, the Creator of Japan built this shrine as a token of his...Read More