shrines

Japanese shrine bans foreign visitors following disrespectful behaviour by tourists

Nagasaki priest says over-tourism, vandalism and theft of amulets led to his controversial decision.

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Busting one of the biggest myths about the five-yen coin and shrine offerings in Japan

You may have heard giving a certain amount of money will win you favor with the gods, but a very high authority says otherwise.

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Can the powers of the Tokyo area’s literal money-laundering shrine make us rich? We find out

Our latest get-rich-quick scheme takes us to a Shinto shrine in Kamakura with an 835-year history.

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Buildings used for the emperor’s Daijosai ceremony are open for public viewing until December 8

Now’s your last chance to see structures that can’t be seen again until the ascension of the next emperor.

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Vandalism on rise at Japanese shrines as pro-Hong Kong protest prayer boards are defaced

Ema supporting ongoing Hong Kong protests have been crossed out, snapped into pieces, and written over in Chinese.

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Huge torii gate found in the middle of a busy Kumamoto intersection

Ensures drivers are praying for their lives as they narrowly avoid the concrete pillars.

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Fire at Shuri Castle destroys sacred shrines at World Heritage Site in Okinawa

Blaze broke out during castle festival period. 

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At this Kyoto shrine, be careful what you wish for—and how—, because you just might get it

This shrine has built up a reputation for granting wishes, but not in the way you want it to.

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Our reporter visited a dangerous torii at a Shinto shrine and almost had a heart attack

“Don’t wear headphones if you go there”: this important piece of advice will make sense in a moment.

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Japan Travel: 17 Things to do in Oita, Japan’s onsen prefecture

There’s so much more to Oita than amazing hot springs. 

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Kyoto has a shrine that’s supposed to make you rich, so our reporter Mai tested its power

With blessed money and a blessed wallet, is Mai about to strike it rich?

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Happy Reiwa! People celebrate the first day of a new era around Japan 【Pics & Videos】

From jumping off bridges to waiting in ten-hour long queues, there are plenty of ways to welcome in a new era.

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Visit to Kyoto’s “breakup shrine” goes terrifyingly well as woman gets her wish in shocking way

Eventually she got what she wanted, but she lost some blood along the way.

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This beautiful video displays two very different sides of Japan【Video】

Japan’s diversity of culture and landscape is encapsulated in just three minutes.

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Special penis shrine books will even be available for the first time this year.

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This Osaka shrine is a hidden gem that includes a giant, roaring lion’s head

When you visit Osaka, make sure to stop by this shrine for an amazing photo opportunity!

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Japan travel: Best places to see, eat and stay at Nagato and Mine in Yamaguchi Prefecture

This is where you’ll find Japan’s largest cave, a BBQ by the sea, and a rural hotel where Russian President Putin slept in a room behind bulletproof glass.

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Man strips, makes it rain atop stone lantern at Ise Jingu shrine in Japan

New Year’s Eve gets out of hand at Japan’s most holy shrine.

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Nine places to take unforgettable social media photos in Japan

From modern art to Shinto shrines, Data analysis group releases its list of top photography spots from 2018.

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Man finds incredible “door to another world” right in the middle of Tokyo【Video】

While out for a stroll in Ginza, he found a portal that seemed to take him not just to another place, but another timetwice.

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