Kumano Hongu Taisha, one of the three Kumano Sanzan

17 May 2018

Kyoto blew me away. Japan's ancient capital is a mecca for temple lovers, with so many magnificent historical structures that the city was sparred during WWII campaigns... read more

20 March 2018

The Kumano Sanzan are the headquarters of the Shinto Kumano cult, which includes over 3000 temples across Japan, while the Ise Grand Shrine is the most important Shinto temple in Japan. read more  

A temple stay at Eko In Koyasan in winter

28 February 2018

Koyasan is regarded as one of, if not the most important spiritual destination in Japan. It was settled over 1000 years ago by Kukai, the founder of Shingon Buddhism and one of the most prominent religious figures in Japan. read more

Best places to see Mt. Fuji close up

17 May 2018

After tramping up and down forested trails all day long, nothing could be better than relieving sore muscles in a pool of piping hot, mineral infused water. read more

Yunomine onsen


21 March 2018

The Kumano Kodo is a network of pilgrimage trails that connect various Shinto-Buddhist religious sites in the mountainous Kii Peninsula south of Osaka and Nagoya. read more

Red cypress on the Kumano Kodo walk in winter

27 April 2018

There are already as many “best views of Mount Fuji” LISTS as there are claimed best places to see Mt. Fuji. Personally, I don't think any single one is best, but for this list, I have focused on... read more

Best places to see Mt. Fuji close up