Temples and Shrines

Culture

Shrine Fortunes: The Many Levels of Luck in Japan

While you may think that all luck is the same, many different types of luck are available in Japan.

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Culture

History, Culture and Words Behind Shinto Shrines in Japan

Japanese shrines are beautiful and awe-inspiring. But what's actually in a shrine? Here's a quick run down of the basics, from kami to Korean dogs.

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Places of Worship: The Shrines of Ise and Daihonzan Eiheiji

Travel with Fergus to Fukui and Mie and discover some of the most important sites of worship in Shinto and Zen Buddhism.

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5 Iconic Torii Gates in Japan

Discover five of the most scenic sacred Shinto archways found across the country.

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Visit these 5 Destinations in Japan via Shinkansen with JR East Discounts

From Kanazawa to Yamadera, these five rewarding destinations in Japan are now cheaper to access via bullet train.

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5 Iconic Great Buddha Statues in Japan

These Great Buddha statues are as iconic as they are huge.

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Exploring Kurashiki: Charm and Culture in Japan

Take a trip to a hidden gem in Okayama Prefecture, Kurashiki Bikan Chiku, filled with Edo Period aesthetic and quaint Japanese charm.

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A Buddhist Look Behind Pets, Food and Funerals in Japan

Why are some animals in Japan eaten while some pets receive funeral services led by religious officials and are then enshrined within Buddhist altars within the home?

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Culture

Animal Symbolism of Shrines and Temples in Japan

Learn why a cat is lucky, why pregnant women want to have a dog's day and why you should never mess with crabs.

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Culture

5 Cool Things I Learned About Japan at Ise Shrine

Not only is Ise Grand Shrine Japan's most important Shinto site—but it's also a great deep dive into Japanese culture and history.

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Culture

An Introduction to: Japanese Shrines and Temples

Do you know your Shinto shrine from your Buddhist temple? Why is the five yen coin the luckiest? And what should you do if you get a bad fortune?

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