Higashi Chaya District, Kanazawa. © touristinjapan.com
Chubu, Kanazawa, Neighbourhoods

Higashi Chaya District, Kanazawa

Higashi Chaya District in Kanazawa, is one of the city’s three traditional entertainment districts. In this historic area one finds beautiful, old edo-period buildings with tea houses, crafts shops, galleries, restaurants and museums. The feel of the area is much like it would have been 200 years ago. Kanazawa is rich on traditional Japanese culture. …

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Kyushu, Staying

14 Ryokans with Private Onsen in Kyushu

This is a list of some of the best ryokans in Kyushu. All the listed properties have private onsen baths (indoor or outdoor). Kyushu is a paradise for onsen lovers, with some of Japans most famous onsen towns being located in this region. Amongst the most popular onsen areas in Kyushu are Beppu, Yufuin, Kurokawa and Mt. Unzen. …

Nishi Chaya District, Kanazawa. © touristinjapan.com
Chubu, Kanazawa, Neighbourhoods

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.
Attractions, Chubu, Kanazawa

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 …

Ohori Park Japanese Garden, Fukuoka. © touristinjapan.com
Fukuoka, Kyushu, Parks and Gardens

Ohori Park Japanese Garden

Ohori Park Japanese Garden is a classic Japanese strolling garden, located on the southern edge of Ohori Park in Fukuoka. The garden centers around a large pond and features a meandering stream, artificial hills and small forests creating a feeling of a natural environment in the middle of the city. On the southern edge of …

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

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
Fukuoka, Kyushu, Temples and Shrines

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.
Chubu, Kanazawa, Temples and Shrines

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 …