Travel To Japan, Part 5 Nikko

Travel To Japan, Part 5 Nikko
Located at the entrance of Nikko National Park, Nikko is a little town in Japan, known for Toshogo Shrine, Futarasan Shrine, Tamozawa Imperial Villa, Kanmangafuchi Abyss with its Jizo statues, and many other great places . Before Toshogu was built in the 1600s, Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries. Nikko and the Okunikko area around Lake Chuzenji, are well known for their beautiful nature, especially for their autumn colors (Koyo). Nikko National …

Travel To Japan, Part 4 Kyoto

Travel To Japan, Part 4 Kyoto
Travel to Japan, and discover the city of Kyoto, as part 4 of my amazing trip to Japan. Located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Kyoto was formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years (from 794 till 1868) Also known as the City of Ten Thousand Shrines, Kyoto is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region. So there is a lot of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines to …

Kyoto – Fushimi Inari Shrine – Japan

Kyoto – Fushimi Inari Shrine – Japan
Located in Fushimi-ku, in southern Kyoto, Japan, Fushimi Inari Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha) is an important Shinto shrine. The place is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, straddling the 4km of trails, leading up to the top of the sacred Mount Inari (233m). Inari (Inari Okami, also Oinari), the Shinto god of rice, is also the patron of swordsmiths, merchants and manufacturers. Each of the torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine is donated by a Japanese business company. …

Travel To Japan, Part 3 Nara

Travel To Japan, Part 3 Nara
Travel to Japan, and discover the city of Nara, as part 3 of my amazing trip to Japan. Nara is located less than an hour from Kyoto and Osaka. The city remains full of historic treasures, including some of the oldest and largest temples in Japan. Japan’s first permanent capital was established at Heijo (former name of Nara), in the year 710. The Buddhist temples of Nara became a serious threat to the government, as their influence and political ambitions …

Travel To Japan, Part 2 Kamakura

Travel To Japan, Part 2 Kamakura
Kamakura, Japan, is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, about an hour south of Tokyo. Kamakura became the political center of Japan in 1192, when Minamoto no Yoritomo chose the city as the seat for his new military government (the Kamakura Shogunate), which ruled Japan for over a century. After the decline of the Kamakura government in 1333, and the establishment of its successor in Kyoto, Kamakura remained for some time the political center of Eastern Japan. Kamakura was designated …