Sumiyoshi Shrine (Hakata)
Fukuoka, Kyushu, Temples and Shrines

Sumiyoshi Shrine (Hakata)

Sumiyoshi Shrine is a seafarers shinto shrine in central Fukuoka, and is presumably the oldest shinto shrine in Kyushu. The current buildings date back to 1623, but the shrine existed long before that. In a charming, wooded park, near the Naka river in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka one finds the historic Sumiyoshi shrine. Sumiyoshi shrines are shinto …

Rakusuien Garden, Fukuoka
Fukuoka, Kyushu, Parks and Gardens

Rakusuien Garden, Fukuoka

Rakusuien is a small but beautiful Japanese garden located in central Fukuoka, near Sumiyoshi Shrine. The garden also has traditional tea rooms which can be booked for private events. It’s a relaxed and peaceful place to look at blossoming trees in the spring and fall leaves in autumn. The park features a loop path, crossing …

Maneki-neko beckoning cats at Gotoku-ji temple
Kanto, Temples and Shrines

Gotoku-ji Temple

In the Setagaya district of Tokyo, in a quiet residential area, there is a real hidden gem of a temple. The Gotoku-ji buddhist temple is not amongst Tokyo’s biggest tourist magnets – probably because it’s located a bit away from everything else. However it has something really unique to offer: thousands of Maneki-neko figures (beckoning …