Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle, the most unassailable castle in Japan

Odawara Castle was one of the strongest castle with the donjon Odawara Castle is one of the most famous castle in Japan. Unfortunately, the present donjon of the castle is restored in 1960. But it shows the dignified appearance at that time.   Most of the Japanese people call to mind Odawara Castle when they hear the word of “unassailable”. The Hojo clan which ruled the whole district of Kanto in the Age of Civil Wars had their base at the castle for 100 years. Since even the great commander samurais including Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen could not take it.      It is also popular spot of sakura (cherry blossoms) today and near Read more about Odawara Castle, the most unassailable castle in Japan[…]

Hakone Shrine

Visiting Hakone Shrine and Mt. Hakone

Sacred power place Hakone Shrine and Mt. Hakone The landscape of Ashino-ko Lake and Mt. Fuji. The red torii gate reflects on the surface of the water. This is one of the symbolic landscape of Japan.   Hakone Shrine is a long and honorable with more than 1200 years history. Many famous samurai lords believed in and visited the shrine. The shrine is famous for giving good luck for a game and answering to earnest wishes.   Mt. Hakone, where Hakone Shrine is located in, is a part of Fuji‐Hakone‐Izu National Park. We can enjoy the observation of birds and plants surrounded by nature from season to season.   It just takes about two and Read more about Visiting Hakone Shrine and Mt. Hakone[…]

Let’s go to Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima Island!

Famous torii gate in the sea and historic Itsukushima Shrine UNESCO designated Itsukushima Shrine as World Heritage Site in 2006. It is at Miyajima Island, Hiroshima Prefecture and the most popular sightseeing spot the Chugoku region in Japan.     The red buildings and torii gate in the calm sea brings about an air of mystery. The shrine with more than 1400 years history has attracted countless people even though it is far away from Kyoto.   The architecures, cultural properties, and annual event including dances provide us a valuable opportunity to know traditional Japanese culture.   Itsukushima Shrine   Why in the sea? Since the buildings have been in the water’s edge, they Read more about Let’s go to Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima Island![…]

Miyajima Island itsukushima shrine

Learning about Miyajima Island in Hiroshima, Japan

Miyajima Island where there is Itsukushima Shrine (World Heritage Site) The red torii gate stands calmly and solidly in the Inland Sea Seto. It is really impressive scene. The torii at Miyajima Island is famous as well as the Thousands Torii Gate of Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto City.   Itsukushima Shrine was registered as a cultural site of World Heritage Site in 2006. Actually, the history of the Itsukushima Shrine dates back to 1400 years ago. And there are the events that we can see the traditional Japanese dances at the shrine.    The island is rich in nature and has the temples and shrines. Miyajima is one of the three great views Read more about Learning about Miyajima Island in Hiroshima, Japan[…]

ibusuki

Exploring Ibusuki traditional culture in Kagoshima, Japan!

Not sand bath and hot spring (onsen) only. Ibusuki where the Satsuma culture is still alive Ibusuki City (指宿市) is the temperate region at the southern tip of Satsuma Peninsula in Kagoshima Prefecture. The temperature isn’t below 10℃ even in winter.    Before everything, the sand bath of the city is so famous. But that is not all. The city was in the feudal domain of Satsuma (薩摩) until the Edo Period. The domain was really far from Edo (today’s Tokyo), even from Kyoto. However, they traded with foreign countries China and British independently.   The feudal lords and vassals actively had encouraged the local culture and economy. And they played an important role in the Read more about Exploring Ibusuki traditional culture in Kagoshima, Japan![…]

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famous for the red gates in Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto Fushimi Inari Shrine is located in the south part of Kyoto City where is the sightseeing spot with many historical architectures.    In Kyoto, the Japanese travelers visit the temples of Kinkakuji (Rokuonji) or Kiyomizu-dera rather than Fushimi Taisha. But the shrine is the most popular temple or shrine in Kyoto among the overseas tourist.   When you visit the shrine, you would feel the unique atmosphere of the site. The biggest reason for that is, I think, the “Thousand Torii “. The red gates stand in a row… They make the air mysterious.    The number of the visitor to Fushimi Inari at the New Year reach Read more about Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famous for the red gates in Kyoto[…]

Best 10 luxury ryokan in Hakone. The traditional hotels with hot spring!

Relaxing at the comfortable accommodations with onsen around Mt. Hakone Since it only takes an hour and a half, Hakone is well‐known as a resort for a day trip, where they can enjoy the nature including Mt. Fuji and Ashinoko Lake, museums, and foods. The Edo ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige drew the landscape of the picture of Mt. Hakone and Ashinoko Lake.    But Hakone is also famous for a hot spring district and have many accommodations, like Fujiya Hotel established in 1878. Though there are the reasonable inns, you can find the luxury ryokan with wonderful rooms, dinner, and rotenburo (open-air bath) in the long-history hot spring area.   I would like to Read more about Best 10 luxury ryokan in Hakone. The traditional hotels with hot spring![…]

Kiyomizu Temple and Kyoto City

The location of Kyoto shi (city) and on google map.

Kyoto, the city of the traditional temples and shrines Kyoto, 京都(きょうと)in Japanese, has a population of 2.6 million But more than 80 million tourists visit the prefecture in a year.     Sponsored Links Because the area has so many sightseeing spots including old temple or shrine, and traditional dishes.         But not only that, people have feelings like admiration for Kyoto shi, which had been a Japanese capital for a thousand years. The name of the city where has a long history and is the Protocol to Prevent Global Warming may well be known in the world.     At any rate, where is it located?       The pace of Kyoto If Read more about The location of Kyoto shi (city) and on google map.[…]