Sendai Daikannon & Daikanmitsuji Temple
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In 1991 the statue, Sendai Daikannon, was the tallest statue in the world. Sendai Daikannon held this title until 1993 when it was surpassed by Ushiku Daibutsu which is 20 meters taller. Sendai Daikannon stands at 100 meters in height, … Read More

Sōkeiji Temple
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Sōkeiji Temple is a gorgeous temple located in Minato City, Tokyo Prefecture, and about a ten minute walk from Shirokane-Takanawa Station. On the way to the temple from the station, you may notice you are in a quieter part of … Read More

Ryokan Sawanoya
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Sawanoya (Yanaka, Tokyo) is a family-run inn dedicated to helping one relax in a typical local Japanese atmosphere. The Nezu Shrine and the Shitamachi Museum are located within the vicinity. The inn is a referred to as a ryokan (a … Read More

Katsurahama Beach and Watatsumi Shrine
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I have never been to, nor have I even heard of, a beach where you are not allowed to swim. Well, welcome to Katsurahama Beach! While you cannot jump in for a dip on this beach because of the strong … Read More

Rinnoji Temple
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The most alluring temple I have seen is in the north of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture; this is Rinnoji Temple. It was first opened in 1441, and was heavily related to the Date clan. While at first glance it appears to … Read More

Kochi Castle
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The construction of Kochi Castle began over 400 years ago in 1601. The castle is now attracting attention as a tourist attraction and notable landmark, but the purpose of the castle at that time (400 years ago) was to prevent … Read More

Nanokawa Shrine & Iwato Kagura
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Nanokawa Shrine (Niyodogawa Town, Kochi Prefecture) is my favorite shrine so far, there is no question. So after driving 15 minutes up a mountain on a one-way road, we reached this quiet shrine in the midst of a solitary peace. … Read More

Ino-Cho Paper Museum
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While I was in Kochi Prefecture, I stopped in the town of Ino to check out their locally popular paper museum. They even have a paper making experience where one can try their hand at making traditional washi (paper that … Read More

A Luncheon with Chief Priest Shoji Ryosho at Unjo-ji Temple
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Today we paid a visit to Unjo-ji Temple located in Shiogama City in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. We entered the temple and observed how well taken care of this particular temple was. Making our way to the front of the main … Read More

Sendai Toshogu Shrine
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In the middle of the busy city of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, there is a small forested area with a torii gate in front, leading to a tall flight of stairs with stone lanterns on the sidelines. This is the Sendai … Read More

One Time at Shrine Camp…
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The Takekoma Inari Shrine, located in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, was having a special event on Saturday, June 18th, 2022. For the first time ever, they were hosting a special camping event where people could learn … Read More

Akiba-Jinja Shrine
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After crossing the Kyujo Bridge over the Omogo River off of Route 33, it is a 14 minute/4.3 km drive up a mountain to get to Akiba-Jinja Shrine, located in Niyodogawa, Kochi Prefecture. We were greeted by a Shinto priest … Read More

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