History

  •  National Treasure Konan Sanzan Meguri

    National Treasure Konan Sanzan Meguri

    Shiga Nature History

    Konan City is home to many temples and shrines. Among these, three Tendai Sect temples built during the Wadou Era (708-715), Jorakuji, Chojuji, and Zensuiji are known as the Konan Sanzan, and are some of the most famous temples, designated national treasures. Not only do they have a long history, but the architecture of each temple's buildings is solemn and quiet, and they house many important cultural properties such as buddhist statues and art pieces. A trip to see the Konan Sanzan is a trip full of encounters with wonderful treasures. This will surely be a way to feel the ancient Buddhism that produced Japan's forward-thinking culture.

    Location:

    Konan City, Shiga Prefecture

  •  National Historic Site Kusatsu-juku Honjin

    National Historic Site Kusatsu-juku Honjin

    Shiga History Facilities・Townscapes

    Kusatsu was the point where the Tokaido Road and the Nakasendo Road merged, and in ancient times it was an important transportation point, with many inns. Kusatsu-juku Honjin was where Daimyo lords stayed, and it is a symbol of this history. The largest honjin still standing today has been revived to its original state. Many name plates, and an account book filled with names such as Asanotakuminokami and Kirakozukenosuke. With advance reservations, visitors can try on the clothing of a princess or a lord, and feel as though they have slipped back to the Edo period.

    Location:

    Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture

  •  Lake Biwa - Chikubu Island (kawarake-nage)

    Lake Biwa - Chikubu Island (kawarake-nage)

    Shiga Nature History

    One of Lake Biwa's eight picturesque sights, Chikubu Island is also known as the "Island where Gods Live". The best scenery on Chikubu Island is the Ryujin Haisho. Amongst this beautiful scenery, visitors can throw small clay plates with wishes written on them. It is said that if the plate lands inside the torii gate, the wish will come true. Come entrust your wish to Lake Biwa on the Island of the Gods.

    Location:

    Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture

  •  National Treasure Cherry Blossoms at Hikone Castle

    National Treasure Cherry Blossoms at Hikone Castle

    Shiga Nature History

    In spring, 1,200 cherry trees blossom around Hikone Castle, and it is the most beautiful time of year around the castle. In particular, the fan-shaped cherry blossoms that are reflected in the water are breathtakingly beautiful. Experience a moving experience at Hikone Castle, a landmark with over 400 years of history.

    Location:

    Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture

  •  Omihachiman Suigo Meguri (SUKIYAKI)

    Omihachiman Suigo Meguri (SUKIYAKI)

    Shiga History Facilities・Townscapes Food

    The origin of suigo meguri can be traced back four hundred years to when Toyotomi Hidetsugu, a nephew of Toyotomi Hideyoshi went boating, a recreational activity often enjoyed by the imperial court. Look out on clumps of reeds, listen to the oars and the chirping of birds, smell the water and reeds, and feel the rocking of the rowboat...experience nature while eating piping hot sukiyaki on board the boat. Sukiyaki served on the Suigo Meguri is popular at any time of year.

    Location:

    Omihachiman City, Shiga Prefecture

  •  Dutch Dam

    Dutch Dam

    Shiga History Industry・Technology

    A legacy of the Dutch engineer, De Rijke. Even now, after one hundred years, the soil-saving dam still fulfills its role as it did when it was built. The rich green natural forest is a favorite spot for many water-lovers. In particular, it's a lively spot in summer as a location for barbecues and camping.

    Location:

    Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture

  •  Shakudo-ji, Keisoku-ji Route

    Shakudo-ji, Keisoku-ji Route

    Shiga Nature History

    The statue of Buddha in Shakudo-ji temple is made from a single zelkova tree, and the red of the lips remain today. It is said that in ancient times it was a brightly colored statue. The gently curved figure clothed in flowing robes has always given visitors an impression of mildness and calm. Keisoku-ji temple is known as the most famous spot for autumn leaves in the Omi region, with gently sloped stone steps leading up to the temple flanked on either side by moss-covered stone walls, and over 200 old Japanese maple trees.

    Location:

    Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture

  •  Biwaichi

    Biwaichi

    Shiga Nature History Facilities・Townscapes

    A regular favorite among Japanese cycling fans is the course around Lake Biwa. Recently, visitors from overseas bring their bicycles here and enjoy the beautiful scenery and streetscapes as well as delicious food while biking around the lake. A trip around Lake Biwa is a perfect way to experience a condensed "Japan".

    Location:

    Shiga Prefecture

  •  Enryaku-ji

    Enryaku-ji

    Shiga Nature History Food

    Enryaku-ji temple on Mt. Hiei is the head temple of the Tendai Sect, with over 1200 years of history, and it was designated a World Heritage Site in 1994. Enjoy beautiful scenery such as cherry blossoms in spring and red leaves in autumn, and look out on Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa, also known as the Pond of the Healing Buddha. In this atmosphere full of gravity as the training ground for Tendai Sect members, visitors can enjoy a serene and quiet moment trying zazen meditation and copying Buddhist scripture.

    Location:

    Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture

  •  Hikone Castle

    Hikone Castle

    Shiga Nature History Facilities・Townscapes

    This castle was built under orders from Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu over the course of approximately 20 years from 1604. The castle is well-preserved, looking much like its original form, a rarity for Japanese castles. It is also a designated national treasure. The castle keep looks out over Lake Biwa, and it is particularly beautiful during cherry blossom season in spring, and when the autumn leaves turn red. It is also known for its mascot, one of the most popular in Japan, Hiko-nyan. Come to the castle and meet the adorable Hiko-nyan.

    Location:

    Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture

  •  Joruri-ji

    Joruri-ji

    Kyoto Nature History

    Centered on a pond shaped like the sanskrit letter "A, with the Healing Buddha in the east and the Amitabha Buddha in the west of the garden, this designated place of scenic beauty and history represents paradise. The main temple (a national treasure) contains a concealed buddhist statue of Kichijotennyo (an important cultural property), and nine seated Amida Buddha statues (national treasures), and another name for the temple is Kutaiji. The temple is number sixteen in the list of Kansai's flower temples, and flowers can be found blooming here throughout the four seasons.

    Location:

    Kizugawa City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Maizuru Brick Park

    Maizuru Brick Park

    Kyoto History Facilities・Townscapes

    Maizuru, known for its navy district, has many remaining red brick buildings, but the most recommended is the Maizuru Brick Park. Surrounded on three sides by red brick walls, the area is nostalgic and fun. A variety of events including concerts and shows are held inside the buildings, where an air of the early 1900s remains.

    Location:

    Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Komyo-ji

    Komyo-ji

    Kyoto Nature History

    It is the headquarters of Seizan Jodo Buddhism and believed to be built by Naozane Kumagai (Renjo), one of the disciples of Honen, in 1198. The temple, located at the foot of the green west mountains, is surrounded by nature for all four seasons. The temple is especially known for its breathtaking fall foliage and the tunnel of maple leaves, but the fresh green and the green leaves of the same maple tree in the summer as well as the snowscape in the winter are also a sight worth seeing.

    Location:

    Nagaoka City, Kyoto

  •  Nagaokakyo Garasha Festival

    Nagaokakyo Garasha Festival

    Kyoto History Festivals・Events

    This public festival is the most famous of Nagaokakyo City, based on the theme of the tale of love and emotion about the daughter of Akechi Mitsuhide, Tama (aka Hosokawa Garasha), who went to marry the eldest son of Hosokawa Fujitaka, Hosokawa Tadaoki. The festival is based on Tama's bridal procession, with a parade of people wearing historical costumes. The fun takes over the whole city with outdoor booths selling food, drink, and other items, and stage performances.

    Location:

    Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Iwashimizu Hachimangu

    Iwashimizu Hachimangu

    Kyoto History

    Built to protect the Southwest corner of the capital, also known as the unlucky quarter, this role was transferred to it from Usamiya in 859. It is one of Japan's three great Hachiman shrines. The rare Hachiman-style shinto shrine is a nationally designated important cultural property, and the precint is also designated a national historical site. Additionally, the Otokoyama mountain where the Ishiwashimizu Hachimangu grounds are located has beautiful cherry blossoms and fall leaves, and Mt. Tennozan, and the point where three rivers Katsuragawa, Ujigawa, and Kizugawa merge can be seen from the viewing platform.

    Location:

    Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Japanese-style Wedding (Shimogamo Shrine)

    Japanese-style Wedding (Shimogamo Shrine)

    Kyoto Nature History Festivals・Events

    Currently popular with Chinese couples for wedding photos is the Japanese-style wedding ceremony (wakon). Japan's old capital of Kyoto is the ideal location for this. Kyoto has many historical shrines and temples such as Kamigamo Shrine, as well as other historical buildings such as the former Kyoto Prefectural Government building. It is a perfect place to make lifelong memories.

    Location:

    Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Japanese-style Wedding (Kamigamo Shrine)

    Japanese-style Wedding (Kamigamo Shrine)

    Kyoto History Festivals・Events

    Currently popular with Chinese couples for wedding photos is the Japanese-style wedding ceremony (wakon). Japan's old capital of Kyoto is the ideal location for this. Come to Kyoto, with its many historical shrines and temples of which Kamigamo Shrine is just one, as well as other historical buildings such as the former Kyoto Prefectural Government building, makes it a perfect place to make lifelong memories.

    Location:

    Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Open-Air Museum Of Old Japanese Farm Houses, Hattori Ryokuchi Park

    Open-Air Museum Of Old Japanese Farm Houses, Hattori Ryokuchi Park

    Osaka History

    In the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses see the nostalgic old Japanese way of life with representative farm houses from all parts of Japan that have been dismantled and reconstructed on the site. This was Japan's first outdoor museum. From Iwate Prefecture in the north, to Kagoshima Prefecture in the south, there are 11 farm houses collected on the site. All of the farm houses were originally built in the 17-19th centuries (the Edo period), and people were living in them until the late-1950s. Also on display are Kuribune boats from Amamioshima and San'in, and a windmill from Sakai. Hattori Ryokuchi Park is the location of the Open-Air Museum Of Old Japanese Farm Houses, which is a green tract of land 33 times the size of the Koshien baseball stadium, chosen as one of Japan's hundred best city parks, and Japan's hundred historical parks, and loved as a place of relaxation and refreshment.

    Location:

    Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture

  •  Kishiwada Castle

    Kishiwada Castle

    Osaka History

    It is uncertain when and who built Kishiwada Castle, but it came into being during the Sengoku period (mid-16th century) and it was the residence of the Matsuuras, who governed the Senshu region. During the Edo period, Kishiwada Castle was used to protect south Osaka, and it played an important role in helping the Bakufu control the western part of the country. In front of the castle keep, is the Hachijin Garden, designed by leading garden designer Shigemori Mirei, and even today the castle is famous as a spot for a castle wedding.

    Location:

    Kishiwada City, Osaka Prefecture

  •  Koya Highway

    Koya Highway

    Osaka History

    The Koya Highway connects the old capital of Kyoto with the world heritage site Mt. Koya. Since ancient times, it has been lively with worshippers heading to and from Mt. Koya. From Kawachinagano Station to Mikkaichicho Station, important cultural properties Nagano Shrine, Eboshigata Hachiman Shrine, registered cultural properties Saijo Goshigaisha former shop, the Yagike house, and more can be found, in a streetscape rich with historical atmosphere. In recent years, the streets have been decorated by local citizens groups with things like "sugitama" cedar balls and lanterns, to welcome visitors to the Koya Highway.

    Location:

    Kawachinagano City, Osaka Prefecture

  •  Mozu Furuichi Kofungun

    Mozu Furuichi Kofungun

    Osaka History

    The Mozu Furuichi Kofungun is Japan's most famous group of burial mounds that includes the tomb of Emperor Nintoku, which rivals the tomb of Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang from the Qin Dynasty, and the Egyptian Pyramids in size. Built 1600 years ago, this group of burial mounds is a candidate to become a UNESCO World Heritage site, and currently, the prefecture and city are working towards its designation in order to help preserve the site for future generations.

    Location:

    Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, etc.

  •  Ikegami Sone Archeological Site (A National Historic Site)

    Ikegami Sone Archeological Site (A National Historic Site)

    Osaka History

    Ikegami Sone is the site of a ring-moated village dated to the middle of the Yayoi period, about 2,000 years ago. Measuring 1.5 km from north to south, 0.6 km from east to west, and covering some 600,000 m2, Ikegami Sone is one of the largest archeological sites in the country. An area of about 110,000 m2 at the center of the village is listed as a National Historic Site. A large-scale building measuring 7 meters north-south and 20 meters east-west, a large dug well with a diameter of more than 2 meters, pit-dwellings and other features of the site have been reconstructed. The Yayoi Cultural Workshop, offering a glimpse of life in the Yayoi period, and Osaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture, which specializes in the Yayoi period, are located nearby.

    Location:

    Izumi City, Osaka Prefecture

  •  Domyoji-Tenmangu Shrine

    Domyoji-Tenmangu Shrine

    Osaka History

    This shrine was originally established for the guardian deity of the ancient and powerful Haji clan. Today the shrine is dedicated to three deities, one of whom is Sugawara-no-Michizane, a descendant of the Haji clan. The Treasure Hall holds many priceless cultural assets, including items that belonged to Sugawara-no-Michizane and are listed as National Treasures. The shrine is renowned also for its plum blossoms, and the plum tree grove attracts many worshippers and visitors when the trees flower, in February and March.

    Location:

    Fujiidera City, Osaka Prefecture

  •  Ishikiri Tsurugiya-jinja Shrine

    Ishikiri Tsurugiya-jinja Shrine

    Osaka History

    Ishikiri Tsurugiya-jinja is located in the east of the Osaka Plain at the base of Mt. Ikoma. Commonly known as Ishikiri-san (Cutting Through Stone-san), the shrine has long been said to give blessings in recovery from illness. There is a steady flow of worshippers undertaking a “100 times worship.” To prove their sincerity to the deities, they walk from the stone at the entrance to pray at the main hall for realization of their wishes, and back to the entrance, 100 times. The road leading up to the shrine is a shopping street with the nostalgic appeal of the mid-20th century. Businesses include long-established shops selling traditional herbal medicines, haberdasheries, general merchandise shops, Japanese-style confectioners, shops specializing in pickles, and much more.

    Location:

    Higashiosaka City, Osaka Prefecture

  •  Fukujusan Jigen-ji Temple (Common name: Nozaki Kannon)

    Fukujusan Jigen-ji Temple (Common name: Nozaki Kannon)

    Osaka History

    Nozaki Kannon is said to date from the middle of the 8th century, when the Buddhist priest Gyoki carved and dedicated the main image, a statue of the divinity, Eleven-Face Kannon. The temple later fell into ruin. It is believed that during the 12th century a wealthy woman, Eguchi-no-kimi, restored the temple upon transfer to its present site, in gratitude for recovery from a long and difficult illness. The temple grounds are surrounded by lush green nature and offer a wonderful view. The temple divinity is said to give blessings or protection to women in such areas as matchmaking, problem-free childbirth, fertility, illnesses affecting women, and other ailments. People worship here also for recovery from illness, and for overall physical health. Shops selling souvenirs and mementos are located nearby. Spend a leisurely time and recharge your spirit in a place thought to be filled with mystical energy.

    Location:

    Daito City, Osaka Prefecture

  •  Nada no Kenka Matsuri

    Nada no Kenka Matsuri

    Hyogo History Festivals・Events

    This festival is held every October in Shirahama, Himeji, at the Matsubara Hachiman Shrine. See a soul-stirring religious ceremony featuring a parade of floats before the shrine and hall of worship, and the clashing together of festival floats. Last year a Thai TV station came to film the event, and a Hong Kong magazine also came to report on it. Interest about the festival from overseas is growing.

    Location:

    Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Castle in the Sky  Takeda Castle Ruins (Wadayama, Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture)

    Castle in the Sky Takeda Castle Ruins (Wadayama, Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture)

    Hyogo Nature History

    Takeda Castle Ruins, the Castle in the Sky of Hyogo Prefecture's Asago City is known as the Machu Picchu of Japan. This photo of the castle ruins was taken from the castle ruins atop the mountain path. The view from the castle ruins is so different from most Japanese scenery that it will make the viewer think, "Is this really Japan?" The vast view is truly breathtaking. It is a place worth a visit.

    Location:

    Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

    Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

    Hyogo History Facilities・Townscapes Industry・Technology

    The magnificence of the world's longest suspension bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi. The length of the space between the pillars on the Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi is the longest in the world. There are many places to view the elegance of the bridge's shape, and at night when it is lit-up, but the best place to truly experience the size of the bridge and the fusion of nature and the massive man-made architectural structure, is the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Park directly adjacent to the bridge. It also has historical appeal, and is an ideal addition to a new one hundred Kansai views. (There is also a tour where visitors can experience a 360 degree panoramic view from the top of the bridge's pillar at Bridge World from April to November (every week from Thursday to Sunday, and on Holidays))

    Location:

    Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Nada-Gogo (Five Villages of Nada) in Kobe

    Nada-Gogo (Five Villages of Nada) in Kobe

    Hyogo History Facilities・Townscapes Industry・Technology Food

    The Nada-Gogo in Kobe City is one of the greatest sake brewing districts in Japan. The foundation of sake produced by the Nada-Gogo is Yamada Nishiki rice, a rice variety ideal for brewing sake, and Miyamizu water, a hard water discovered in the early half of the 19th century. Embark on a tasting tour of some of the more than 30 breweries that together produce about a third of all the sake made in Japan.

    Location:

    Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Sasayama Castle Ruins, and Traditional Merchant Houses of Kawaramachi-Tsumairi

    Sasayama Castle Ruins, and Traditional Merchant Houses of Kawaramachi-Tsumairi

    Hyogo History Facilities・Townscapes

    Feel the atmosphere of an earlier era. Visit the ruins of Sasayama Castle, built in 1609 by order of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The Kawaramachi-Tsumairi group of merchant houses presents scenery of a town that prospered as a center of commerce after the castle was built.

    Location:

    Sasayama City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Awaji Ningyo Joruri

    Awaji Ningyo Joruri

    Hyogo History Facilities・Townscapes

    Awaji Ningyo Joruri, a narrative puppet theater art accompanied by shamisen music, is a traditional performing art with a history of over 500 years. This performing art is presented every day in its own theater. Each puppet has three people operating it, displaying skills that result from many years of training. Encounter an aspect of culture and history unique to Awaji.

    Location:

    Minamiawaji City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Gojo Shinmachi

    Gojo Shinmachi

    Nara Nature History Facilities・Townscapes

    The history of Gojo Shinmachi went back to roughly 400 years ago, shortly after the Edo Bakufu was established following the Battle of Sekigahara. The Shimmachi Street retains historical buildings from the Edo period including the oldest existing private residence. Their architectural styles vary from each period. The area was designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

    Location:

    Gojo City

  •  Mt Yoshinoyama

    Mt Yoshinoyama

    Nara Nature History

    Mt Yoshinoyama is regarded as Japan’s best cherry-blossom sight. It has about 30,000 cherry trees, mainly of the Shiroyamazakura variety. The trees burst into bloom from early to mid-April. Mt Yoshinoyama has long been worshipped as a sacred mountain and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site named the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”.

    Location:

    Yoshino-cho(town)

  •  Hatenashi Settlement

    Hatenashi Settlement

    Nara Nature History Facilities・Townscapes

    Hatenashi Settlement is located along Kohechi Route, which is one of the pilgrimage routes to Kumano. These routes were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage as part of the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”. It is also called ‘The Sky Village’ due to its high altitude location and has spectacular views of the Hatenashi Mountain Range. Hatenashi Settlement is chosen one of Japan’s top 100 villages. Visitors enjoy these views not only on clear days but also in mist and clouds on rainy days.

    Location:

    Totsukawa Village

  •  Inami Festival (Inami Hachiman Shrine - Yamaguchi Hachiman Shrine Festival) (Inami Hachiman Shrine Festival Wakayama Prefecture Intangible Cultural Asset)

    Inami Festival (Inami Hachiman Shrine - Yamaguchi Hachiman Shrine Festival) (Inami Hachiman Shrine Festival Wakayama Prefecture Intangible Cultural Asset)

    Wakayama History Festivals・Events

    The Inami Hachiman and Yamaguchi Hachiman festivals are held in advance of the other autumn festivals in the Kinan region. At the Yamaguchi Hachiman festival, six festival floats and portable shrines are carried to Inan Beach, where dances such as the Saiga Odori which has ties to the Kishu-Saiga group, Yakko Odori, and Shishimai are performed. Come to see the festival floats fiercely clash together. Alternatively, at Inan Hachiman, four festival floats and portable shrines jump into the Inan river, and the men dressed in festival costumes carry the floats across the river while up to their shoulders in water, which is an incredible sight to see. The river crossing ceremony is very rare, nationally.

    Location:

    Inami, Hidaka District, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Mt. Koya Oku-no-in  Five-storied Stone Pagoda of Sugen-in

    Mt. Koya Oku-no-in  Five-storied Stone Pagoda of Sugen-in

    Wakayama Nature History

    The Mt. Koya Oku-no-in five-storied pagoda is a stone tower design unique to Japan that began towards the end of the Heian period and continues to the present day. The shape references the five elements that buddhist teachings say all things are made of: earth, water, fire, wind, and air. Said to be the first made, is at Sugen-in (Hidetaka Tokugawa, second generation shogun's wife Ogo) memorial tower was built in 1627, and it is the largest of the five-storied pagodas with 6.6m in height and a base size of 8 tatami mats. Even visitors from foreign countries with a long history of "stone culture" will be impressed by its size.

    Location:

    Koya, Ito District, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Kishutoshogu

    Kishutoshogu "Waka Festival"

    Wakayama Nature History Festivals・Events

    This is the main festival of Kishutoshogu shrine, which was built to honor Tokugawa Ieyasu, father of the first daimyo lord of Kishul. It was once counted among the three major festivals in Japan, and while it was not held for a time during the war, it has been passed down through 400 years of history. Kishu Toshogu has 108 steep stone steps, and one ton portable shrines are carried down these steps in the "Mikoshi Oroshi" ceremony which starts the festival. This is followed by a procession of approximately 1000 people who perform their many entertaining talents in the Togyo Gyoretsu, which is a soul-stirring and showing event.

    Location:

    Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Awashima Shrine

    Awashima Shrine "Hina-nagashi"

    Wakayama History Festivals・Events

    Known as the home to a guardian deity of women, visitors to Awashima Shrine pray for easy childbirth and pregnancy. In the Hina-nagashi festival, the main hall is stuffed with doll festival dolls collected from all over the country. Dolls purified in the main hall are loaded into a wooden boat, and pulled into the gentle spring ocean harbor where a thousand paper cranes have been released into the water. The shops lining the road to the shrine sell fresh seafood such as sea snails, whitebait, and sea bream.

    Location:

    Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Tomogashima

    Tomogashima

    Wakayama Nature History Facilities・Townscapes

    The Kitan Strait is home to four islands: Jinoshima, Torajima, Kamishima, and Okinoshima. They are collectively known as Tomogashima. Regular boats leave from Kada port, and arrive at Okinoshima in approximately 20 minutes, where a hiking course that tours the fort remains is popular. Additionally, the western edge of island that cross through the meridian line of Japanese Standard Time (135 degrees east longitude) is home to the eighth white western-style lighthouse built in Japan, that helps to protect the comings and goings of ships in the strait even today.

    Location:

    Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Nachi Waterfall

    Nachi Waterfall

    Wakayama Nature History

    The object of worship at Kumano Nachi Shrine is the Nachi Waterfall, with the tallest water head in Japan. The roar of the falls and view of the forest of 800 year-old cedar trees is a spectacle.

    Location:

    Nachikatsuura, Higashimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Mt. Koya

    Mt. Koya

    Wakayama Nature History Facilities・Townscapes

    Surrounded by eight peaks, it is as if Mt. Koya is surrounded by the petals of a lotus. Kobo Daishi (Kukai) opened the mountain as the basic training place for Shingon Buddhist secret teaching. Even today, many monks continue the teachings of Kukai, and continue to do ascetic training here. There are 52 pilgrims lodgings on the mountain, and visitors can experience the history and culture of Mt. Koya through vegetarian Buddhist cuisine or by attending a Buddhist religious service.

    Location:

    Koya, Ito District, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Kumano Kodo (Hyakken-gura)

    Kumano Kodo (Hyakken-gura)

    Wakayama Nature History

    The World Heritage Site, "Kumano Kodo". In ancient times, people came here to renew their spirit on this healing trail. Partway through the trail, there are spots where the peaks of the Kii Peninsula mountains can be seen. Hyakumengura is the most popular spot to view this sight.

    Location:

    Hongu, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Kumano Kodo (Ogumo Torigoe)

    Kumano Kodo (Ogumo Torigoe)

    Wakayama Nature History

    The World Heritage Site, "Kumano Kodo". In ancient times, people came here to renew their spirit on this healing trail. The Kumano Kodo was also a location for imperial outings of retired emperors, and along the trail are "oji" shrines collectively called the 99 Ojis that are dedicated to the Kumano Mikogami gods. The retired emperors used to visit these ojis while traveling the long road.

    Location:

    Hongu, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Oto Matsuri

    Oto Matsuri

    Wakayama Nature History Festivals・Events

    Every year, the Oto Festival is held at Kamikura Shrine on February 6. It's amazing to see the participants holding burning torches in their hands as they run down the 538 steep stone steps of the road approaching the shrine.

    Location:

    Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Jinpukaku

    Jinpukaku

    Tottori Nature History

    Jinpukaku is a white, European-style building located close to the ruins of Tottori Castle within Kyusho Park, an area renowned also for cherry blossoms. The two-story building is of wood with a tiled roof, and was designed in the French Renaissance style. The elegance of the exterior harmonizes nicely with the beauty of the Japanese-style garden. Jinpukaku is listed as a National Important Cultural Property.

    Location:

    Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture

  •  Fudoin Iwaya-do Temple

    Fudoin Iwaya-do Temple

    Tottori Nature History

    Fudoin Iwaya-do is a butai-zukuri (balcony-type) construction built into a natural cave. It is renowned as a temple of the Shugendo school of Buddhism, and listed as a National Important Cultural Property. The Main Hall holds a statue of the Buddhist divinity Fudo Myo-o, said to have been carved by Kobo Daishi at the age of 33 years. The statue is regarded as one of Three Great Fudo Myo-o Images in Japan.

    Location:

    Wakasa (Town) ,Tottori Prefecture

  •  Itaibara Village

    Itaibara Village

    Tottori Nature History Facilities・Townscapes

    Itaibara Village is classified as a Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. As if hidden within a valley of deep green cedar forests, Itaibara is a Japanese mountain village presenting a scene that appears just as it would have in days long past, with groups of old thatched-roof houses, branch schools, shrines, small mill houses working with the flowing river water, charcoal huts, and more.

    Location:

    Chizu (Town),Tottori Prefecture

  •  Nageire-do Hall of Sanbutsu-ji Temple, on Mt. Mitoku

    Nageire-do Hall of Sanbutsu-ji Temple, on Mt. Mitoku

    Tottori Nature History

    En-no-Gyoja, by tradition the founder of the Shugendo school of Buddhism, was said to have used the power of Buddhism to throw the hall onto the side of Mt. Mitoku. Indeed, the hall seems to be floating on the side of a precipitous cliff. Nageire-do Hall can be reached by climbing the pilgrim’s path, a steep and difficult track passing over tree roots and boulders. However, the scenery on reaching the top is something special.

    Location:

    Misasa (Town),Tottori Prefecture

  •  Okumiya (Summer Shrine), of Ogamiyama-jinja Shrine

    Okumiya (Summer Shrine), of Ogamiyama-jinja Shrine

    Tottori Nature History

    The mountain Daisen has been revered since olden times by mountain priests as a holy mountain inhabited by gods. The Okumiya Shrine of Ogamiyama-jinja has long been the center of worship. The majestic shrine hall stands at the end of a sacred approach of about 700 meters, paved with natural stone. At the formal summer opening of the mountain, a torch procession of 2,000 people leads off from the Okumiya.

    Location:

    Daisen (Town),Tottori Prefecture

  •  Wakimachi Udatsu Streetscape

    Wakimachi Udatsu Streetscape

    Tokushima History Facilities・Townscapes

    From the Edo period to the Meiji period, "Awa Ai" indigo was traded here, in this streetscape full of merchant houses. On the second floor between buildings, extended walls called "udatsu" were built. At first they were built to prevent fires from spreading, but they quickly became a point of ornamental competition between houses, giving rise to the idiom "udatsu ga agaranai" meaning someone who can't get ahead in the world. In 1988, it was one of 28 places designated as an Important Group of Traditional Buildings.

    Location:

    Mima City, Tokushima Prefecture

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