temples

Temple bell tolling on Japanese New Year’s Eve gets rid of evil desires, but not complaints

No matter how much good it brings, the sound of a humongous bell struck 108 times might be too much for some people.

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Buddhist temples in Japan get digital upgrade with new techno wooden fish【Video】

The most entertaining way to recite the Heart Sutra.

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Asakusa’s Sensoji temple shocks store owners with sudden 16-fold rent increase in shopping arcade

Businesses in one of Japan’s oldest shopping strips are wondering if they can survive after the surprising new increase.

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Giant Buddhist pagoda and Kannon statue in Fukuoka Prefecture look like a theme park

We’ve seen some big Kannon statues before, but this one takes the Zen cake.

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TV program claims Japanese temple banned cats for being too cute, Japan nods in agreement

But some sources show the report is only half-right.

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Top 30 tourist sites in Japan: the most popular sightseeing spots for overseas visitors

From the well-known to the obscure, this year’s annual ranking of top spots has some surprises in store for even the most seasoned travellers.

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Three reasons you should go to Kyoto right now

There’s never a bad time to visit Japan’s former capital, but May is an especially good time.

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Fake monks targeting foreign visitors to Japan?

Mock monks after your money? On layman‘s terms.

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Japanese monk surrounded by adorable cats achieves supremely sublime breakfast【Photos】

A soul-soothing way to start the day.

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It’s all in the name of Japanese culture and tradition.

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Crazy Kyoto train will have a giant lens motif taking up its entire front end

Set to go into service next year carrying passengers from downtown Kyoto to Buddhist mountain temples.

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Kyoto temple’s women-only mausoleum accepts women who don’t want to share their husband’s grave

Zuishinin Temple is there for women who say one lifetime together is enough.

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Japan travel bucket list: top places to visit in each prefecture before you die【Part II】

The second part of our Japanese bucket list dedicated to all travel enthusiasts!

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Heavy snowfall in Kyoto creates scenes of breathtaking beauty at tourist sites around the city

According to locals, this much snow only falls once every two years in Kyoto.

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Handsome men in ultra-snappy security uniforms delight New Year’s visitors to Japanese shrine

Anime-style outfits have become so popular they’re inspiring their own fan art.

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Mysterious “Bra Temple” makes news around Japan

Did you know that a bra temple exists in Japan?

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Kyoto temple bans photography at famous autumn foliage viewing spots

Some of Japan’s most iconic places to see the autumn leaves are now off-limits to photographers.

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Religious chocolate nipples ranging from young girls to mature ladies launched in Japan

Japan has somehow managed to combine nipples and Buddhist temples to create sacred nipple chocolates.

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Animated GIFs of traditional Japanese woodworking joints are mesmerising to watch

Exploring the many ways wood pieces can slot into each other is the most strangely satisfying experience we’ve had today!

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The 10 most beautiful places to see the autumn leaves in Japan, as chosen by travelers

Ranking of Japan’s best fall colors will have you ready to head into the great (and red) outdoors.

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