Nishi Chaya District, Kanazawa. © touristinjapan.com

Nishi Chaya District, Kanazawa

Nishi Chaya District in Kanazawa, is one of the city’s three traditional entertainment districts. In this small area (just 1 street), one finds beautiful, old-style 2-story buildings, housing tea houses, shops with traditional crafts and a museum displaying a complete replica of an original Chaya tea house. Kanazawa is rich on traditional Japanese culture. This …

Ninja-dera, Ninja temple, Kanazawa. Photo by Oren Rozen. CC BY-SA 4.0.

Myōryū-ji (Ninja-temple), Kanazawa

Myōryū-ji, better known as Ninja-dera (ninja temple), is a buddhist temple located in the Teramachi temple district in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. Ninja-dera is known for it’s large amount of embedded traps, secret doors and rooms, fake ceilings, optical illusions and it’s 23 rooms being interconnected almost like a maze making it near impossible to navigate …

Nomura-ke samurai residence, Kanazawa © touristinajapan.com.

Nomura-ke Samurai Residence

Nomura-ke Samurai Residence is a beautiful, old villa which belonged to the Nomura samurai family. The property, which is located in the historic Nagamachi samurai district in Kanazawa, has a stunning viewing garden, a tea house with a garden view, and a museum displaying artifacts from the Nomura family. It is a unique opportunity to …

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 …

Umi no Nakamichi Seaside Park

Umi no Nakamichi Seaside Park (海の中道海浜公園) is a huge, all-season family park and day-trip destination located on the Uminonakamichi Peninsula in Hakata Bay, Fukuoka. The park features a large number of attractions aimed primarily at families with children. The attractions of Umi no Nakamichi include numerous flower gardens, a zoo, playgrounds, a water park, sports …