The beauty of Toshogu in Nikko

The beauty of Toshogu in Nikko

Surrounded by forest and guarded by the large complex of temples, lies the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, Toshogu is a must do visit north of Tokyo, for all those passionate about history, culture, crafts, and nature. Around the...
How to avoid the crowd at Fushimi Inari

How to avoid the crowd at Fushimi Inari

Being the most important Shinto shrines, and famous for its “thousand gates” in Kyoto. Dedicated to Inari, the gods of rice and business. The popular believe amongst visitors is that, as its name implies from the Japanese “senbon torii”, there’s a thousand red gates...
Zeniarai Benten in Kamakura

Zeniarai Benten in Kamakura

After visiting some shrines in Japan, praying to the gods for health, happiness, or fertility, the Zeniarai Benten in Kamakura makes visitors take some more action. Zeniarai means coin washing, and that’s how visitors have to proceed for praying here. Nice to...
Things to do in Kabukicho

Things to do in Kabukicho

Shinjuku, my second residence has the red light district of Tokyo, and despite it’s bad reputation, Kabukicho was once my playground. Saying it that way seems that I’m the night king of the sleepless town, but that’s not what I meant. The truth is,...
Meiji jingu in Shibuya

Meiji jingu in Shibuya

The Meiji Jingu shrine, located in Shibuya, is one of the compulsory shrines to visit if you go around the Yoyogi-Harajuku area. Dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shouken. Built during the first quarter of the 20th century, it was destroyed...
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