Culture and Tradition

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

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum

Sitting in Ueno Park is the Tokyo National Museum, the oldest national museum in Japan. Inside, you’ll find thousands of precious artifacts.

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple

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

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.

Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho Shinjuku

Tucked away in bustling Shinjuku is a little alley that brings back memories of old Japan: Omoide Yokocho. It’s a retro street, crammed with yakitori shops, beer, and locals.

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.