Takachiho Gorge is a narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River in Miyazaki prefecture. The cliff sides measure up to 100 meters high, and the gorge itself is only 3 meters across at its narrowest point.
This Buddhist temple is one of Japan’s most celebrated temples and was founded in 778. The temple is on the UNESCO world heritage site for Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Pictured is the The Niōmon, a Deva Gate, which marks the entrance to the temple complex.
Yaksaka Shrine in Kyoto is one of the most popular shrines of the city. Like many Shinto shrines it takes donations, both in the form of torii gates, but also as lanterns. The shrine’s stage is decorated with lanterns with the names of businesses and people who have donated money, and at night they are lit up, creating beautiful imagery.
Located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Kenroku-en garden is one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens. The garden is massive, covering over 11 hectares, it has an artificial pond, and several houses are dotted around the garden.
Nara Park, in Nara, is about 502 hectares with over 1200 wild sika deer roaming freely. In 2019 it was reported that several deer in the park died after consuming plastic.
Ōuchi-juku was a post town along the Aizu-Nishi Kaido trade route, which connected Aizu with Nikko during the Edo Period. It is now located in the town of Shimogō Town in Fukushima Prefecture. The village is lined with old, traditional houses with thatched roofs, and every year it hosts a snow festival.
Ōnuma Quazi-National Park
Located on the Oshima peninsula in south west Hokkaidō, we find Ōnuma Quazi-National Park. The landscape consists of an active volcano, Mount Hokkaidō Koma-ga-take, lakes and islands. The park offers various seasonal activities, such as mountain climbing, canoeing, skiing and walking.
In Gifu prefecture we find Gujo Hachiman, a small, riverside town known for its pristine waterways. The town has streams of clean, fast-running water which have been built into little channels, some of which with koi carps. The fountains, streams and canals are still used for washing rice, vegetables and laundry. Townspeople cooperate to keep t he canals clean and the water fresh; as a result of their efforts, Gujo’s drinking water is a source of local pride.
Aizu Sazaedo Temple
Aizu Sazaedo Temple in Fukushima prefecture is a hexagonal Buddhist pagoda contains a double helix staircase. The temple was built in 1796 and is one of the oldest wooden structures of its kind. The stair case, which is based on the designs by Leonardo Da Vinci for Château de Chambord, allow visitors to follow one path up and down without encountering anyone going the opposite direction.
Himeji Castle in Hyōgo prefecture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was also featured in “James Bond: You Only Live Twice”, where it was depicted as a Ninja training centre.
Itsukushima shrine is located in Hiroshima prefecture, and is a boat trip from Hiroshima city itself. This Shinto shrine is probably best know for its torii gate which is appears to be floating in water.