temples

Open-air public toilet at Sensoji temple in Tokyo is waiting to be discovered by foreign tourists

Famous Asakusa tourist site has a very public place to pee…for those who know where to find it.

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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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Dragon reformation and the largest clay Budda in Japan: A visit to Okadera Temple【Photos】

Okadera Temple is also known as the “Dragon Lid Temple.”

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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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Mt. Koya planning to instate visitor’s tax to cope with huge tourist numbers

Pilgrimage town of less than 3,000 residents received almost 1.4 million tourists last year.

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The mysterious case of the horrifying sign on a cemetery wall in Tokyo

Ominous eye and promise to “develop special abilities” leads to a hunt for clues around the city.

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Rumors say Tokyo’s Sensoji Temple sticks you with bad fortunes, so we bought 100 to find out

Plus, how hard is it to pull Sensoji’s semi-secret super-lucky omikuji fortune?

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Why Sensoji temple in Asakusa is better at night

One of Tokyo’s most historic areas is even more spectacular without the crowds.

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Japanese temple shop sells special shumai dumplings…with no meat in them

You won’t find shumai like this anywhere else.

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Fake monks scam foreign tourists out of their cash in Tokyo

A reminder to be careful while sightseeing at famous tourist spots in Japan. 

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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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Shocking cat graffiti at centuries-old Japanese temple is shockingly uncute【Video】

Vandalism is already a crime, but it feels like being this bad at drawing should be too.

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Bathe in the waters of a rare Japanese onsen temple steeped in over 1,000 years of history

Escape the crowds of tourists at Nikko with a visit to this hidden gem.

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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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Japanese Penis Festival shrine distances itself from penis mascot

The one penis not welcome at Japan’s Kanamara Matsuri. 

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Japanese rokushigake temple architecture for your living room: The no-nail Masugumi table

If you’re looking for your new artisanal centerpiece, this is it.

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Mermaid mummy stored at Japanese temple has true identity revealed after year-long study【Video】

Ningyo was said to have been pulled out of the sea by a fisherman in Tosa domain nearly 300 years ago.

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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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Someone crashed a car into Japan’s oldest restroom

Bathroom accident in Kyoto involves no poo, but there’s still a mess that needs cleaning up.

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