temples

Why does Japan’s most famous ocean legend end at this temple in the middle of the mountains?

Urashima Taro spent centuries at the sea dragon’s palace at the bottom of the ocean, but this Nagano temple says it’s where the story ends.

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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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Photo of snowy Japanese temple wows people around the world

Silent serenity speaks volumes with its overwhelming beauty.

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Real Buddhist monk shows off hot (and sweet) EDM dance moves in Mount Koya video

To make matters stranger, the video is part of a promotional tie-in with a popular candy company designed to cheer on a certain group of students.

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Senkoji: The Japanese temple that’s more like a theme park to heaven and hell

The chief priest at this temple says there’s more to this experience than just entertainment.

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Temple camping in Japan at Wakayama’s Daitaiji【Photos】

A lot of temples in Japan offer dormitory rooms, but this one has an even cooler option.

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Boys’ love at the temple? Sensual ikemen art that raised eyebrows in Japan now set to be removed

Modern makeover at centuries-old temple comes to an end, but not for rumoured reasons.

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How crowded is Kyoto now without international tourists?【Photos】

We visit the top tourist sites, and are surprised at what we discover.

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Kyoto hiking – Recreating a Touken Ranbu sword boy expedition in real life【Photos】

Can we make it to this mountain temple and back before our sword boy does the same in the game?
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346-year-old sweets store closes at Sensoji temple in Asakusa

Family pulls the final shutter down on one of the oldest Japanese sweets stores in the country.

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Recreating the greatest betrayal of the samurai era with the Honnoji Incident papercraft kit【Pics】

Over 400 years ago, a temple in Kyoto suddenly became the site of a battle that would change Japanese history forever.

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What’s going on in this brain-breakingly beautiful cherry blossom temple photo?

Moon-viewing pavilion offers out-of-this-world sight.

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Cursed sites of Tokyo: A love shrine with 7 mysteries and a vengeful samurai ghost

Dark details you won’t find in travel guides to Japan. 

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Takigyo, Japanese waterfall meditation, is a sure way to shock yourself out of your winter rut

After one too many lazy Saturdays, we find ourselves standing at the foot of an ice cold waterfall.

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Japanese monks want to create new temple…in space!

A Kyoto expansion 1,100 years in the making.

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Japanese vending machine sells PCR tests at 350-year-old temple in Tokyo【Photos】

We pick up a testing kit at the last place we ever expected to find one.

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Four photos, five years – A father’s beautiful pictures of his daughter growing up at Nara temple

Loving dad also has a heartwarming idea for what to photograph next.

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Japanese water purification ritual at shrines under threat due to the pandemic

Shrine enthusiasts come up with a clever solution to help preserve an important tradition.

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Samurai’s severed head moved in Tokyo, earthquake occurs at his body in Ibaraki

“More care than a nuclear weapon” required to restore the burial mound dedicated to Japan’s most vengeful spirit.

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