Shrines and Temples

Gotokuji maneki-neko

Gotokuji Temple

Gotokuji Temple is an Edo temple known for its sea of “Maneki-Neko” beckoning cat figurines. Come by for fun photo ops, as well as an interesting history.

Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine)

Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine)

Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple

The oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Sensoji Temple is a must-see for any first-time visitor.

Jonangu Shrine

Jonangu Shrine and Rakusuien Garden

Jonangu Shrine is a relic of the Heian aristocratic era. It sits in southern Kyoto and is often praised for its beautiful expansive gardens.

Kenninji

Kenninji Temple

Kenninji is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, founded in 1202 by Yousai, the guy who brought Zen and the concept of drinking tea to Japan.

Chishakuin entrance

Chishakuin Temple

Chishakuin is the headquarters of the Chisan School of Shingon Buddhism. It’s a large, peaceful temple, great after visiting the Sanjusangendo Temple.

Sanjusangendo bodhisattvas

Sanjusangendo Temple

Kyoto’s Sanjusangendo Temple houses a thousand almost life-sized Kannon bodhisattvas in a single massive hall. A unique sight to behold.

Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine is a colorful, spacious complex that instills awe in the average traveler. It worships Kyoto’s first and last emperors.

Okazaki Shrine rabbits

Okazaki Shrine

Come visit the stone rabbits of Okazaki Shrine, praying for safe childbirth, finding love, and keeping away misfortune. Cute little stop for rabbit fans.

Giouji Temple

Giouji Temple

Away from the tourist crowds of Arashiyama, Kyoto, Giouji Temple sits in quiet solitude, towards the north of the bamboo forests.