Miyajidake Shrine, Fukutsu. © touristinjapan.com

Miyajidake Shrine, Fukutsu

Miyajidake is a large shinto shrine located in Fukutsu, about 25 minutes north of Fukuoka City. The shrine is especially known for having Japans largest Shimenawa rope, copper bell and Taiko drum. Additionally, due to it’s high location, there is a magnificent sunset view through the shrines torii gates. The approach to Miyajidake shrine is a …

Main gate at Oyama Shrine, Kanazawa © touristinajapan.com.

Oyama Shrine, Kanazawa

Oyama Shrine (Oyama-jinja) is a unique shinto shrine, located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. The shrine, which is dedicated to Maeda Toshiie, is especially known for it’s unusual, Dutch architecture which was added in the late 1800’s. In 1599, the shrine was established on Mt. Utatsu under the name “Utatsu Hachiman-gu“. It enshrines lord Maeda Toshiie …

Romon Gate at Shimogamo Jinja. Credit: Zairon. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Shimogamo-jinja Shrine

Shimogamo-jinja is one of Japans oldest shinto shrines. The shrine stands as a perfect picture of the classic Japanese shrine, with vermilion colored torii gates and buildings, paper lanterns, beautifully kept premises and overall peacefulness and tranquility. Shimogamo-jinja is postcard worthy, so if you only visit one shrine in Kyoto, you should definitely make it …

Ginkaku-ji (silver pavilion). Credit: Reginald Pentinio. Licensed under CC.

Ginkaku-ji (silver pavilion)

Ginkaku-ji, meaning “silver pavilion temple“, is a buddhist temple in the northern part of Kyoto. Despite being named “silver pavilion” it isn’t actually decorated with silver. For many tourists it sounds like a perfect combination to visit both the Golden Pavilion Temple and the Silver Pavilion Temple. And it sure is a great combination, but …