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Aomori’s Takayama Inari Shrine: Senbon Torii and Cherry Blossoms

Takayama Inari Shrine, in the northern Prefecture of Aomori, is famous for its Senbon Torii gates, framed with cherry blossoms in spring. Since ancient times the shrine has been a popular place for local people who pray for a...

Uga Shrine: A Power Spot Island On Lake Nojiri

Biwa Island sits just out of reach of Lake Nojiri’s western shoreline. Scanning the landscape, this tree-topped mound would fade into the background if not for the striking red torii gate demarking its entrance. The gate identifies...

Shimogamo Shrine: One of Kyoto’s Oldest Shrines

Ask anyone where to go for the “really old stuff” in Japan, and they’ll probably mention Kyoto. Serving as the capital for over 1,000 years, it’s the birthplace of many traditional art forms and aspects of Japanese culture we see today. And,...

Radio Taiso At Nezu Shrine And An Early Morning Walk

“Ohayōgozaimasu!” says the man stretching beside his portable radio. Its tinny sound reminds me of hanging around my grandparent’s garage, except I can’t quite make out what’s being said. The man is decked out completely in white, from his floppy hat down...

Top 3 Torii Gate Tunnel Photo Spots in…Tokyo!

Loving those red torii gate tunnel images from Kyoto, but just can’t get down there? Never fear; Tokyo can deliver. We went traipsing around town to find the top three photo spots to complete your holiday snap collection. The good news? You...

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