Buddhism

Kyoto’s Tofukuji temple opens secret area above Sanmon Gate to the public

This section of the gate is usually off-limits to tourists, but you can now view its hidden gems.

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Real Buddhist monk plays Super Mario Bros., recites prayers every time he kills an enemy【Video】

Have you ever stopped to think about the soul of a Goomba when you crush or burn its body?

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Tokyo’s beckoning cat temple asks foreign tourists to stop writing on the beckoning cats they buy

Gotokuji claims the figurines are “sacred.”

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Abe Monjuin: An ancient temple with a connection to stars and astrology…and National Treasures

A stop on the Nara Yamato Four-Temple Pilgrimage leads to a jaw-dropping discovery.

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Ancient temple with National Treasures is a hidden gem on the Nara Yamato Four-Temple Pilgrimage

Murouji has a fascinating history, with stunning sights that’ll linger in your heart long after you visit. 

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Can a plant-based restaurant serving Buddhist meals turn meat-loving Mr. Sato into a vegetarian?

It turns out plant-based can be healthy and tasty!

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Beautiful summertime goshuin seal stamps are back to grace your temple-visiting record book

Kyoto’s ancient Ninnaji Temple is offering a second chance to grab these gorgeously intricate and exclusive papercut designs.

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1,032 statues, and one thing too many people miss, at this Kyoto temple

And it was his first time visiting, too!

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Millennium-old Japanese temple offering funeral service for broken record player needles

”Music Temple” wants to send audio equipment off with the respect it deserves.

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Buddhist metaverse “Teraverse” in development at Kyoto University, includes AI Buddha

I guess you could call it a meta-metaverse.

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Flush your prayers down the toilet at this unique Japanese temple

A new way to pray at the porcelain altar.

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Holy noodles! Japanese restaurant serves up some very unusual udon

Food for thought, in more ways than one.

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Visit the birthplace of the Japanese daruma in Gunma Prefecture

Home to some unusual rotund inhabitants.

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JR Central and Kyoto temple team up for the coolest temple tourism experiences you’ll ever see

Crafts, private art viewings, private lectures, exclusive tea tastings…you’ll want to do it all!

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Crowdfunding campaign for Nara World Heritage temple surpasses 100 million yen in 8 days

When the temple asks, the temple shall receive…five-fold.

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This little-known temple in rural Japan has a giant Buddha bigger than Kamakura’s or Nara’s【Pics】

A visit to Seirinji Temple.

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Miss school field trips? Now adults can go on a “school trip” too with new plan at Nara hotel

With lots of tour-like features and educational experiences, you’ll learn a lot and have fun, too!

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Japan’s northernmost brewery on the mainland is…a temple?!?

The holiest craft beer in the country.

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We visit a mysterious pagoda near Yomiuri Land, turns out to be an incredibly sacred spot

An enigmatic-looking building turns out to be much more.

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Where to find the Great Floating Buddha of Ikebukuro

Tokyo ward known for its otaku culture holds a hidden gem not many people know about.

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