O-torii, a famous torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine

Miyajima and the Floating Shrine on the Sea Itsukushima, popularly known as Miyajima, is an island of Hiroshima Prefecture. The island is one of the Three Views of Japan. “Miyajima” means “the shrine island” in […]

the drinking rakan

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

A Temple of 1,200 Rakan Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple is a unique temple in Kyoto. It has 1,200 carved stone figures of what is called rakan, arakan or rakan-san. Rakan are saintly people who have attained […]

in Hoanji Temple Nanbo2

Hoanji Temple Nanbo (Osaka)

An Old Temple Called “A Temple of a Bill” Hoanji Temple Nanbo is located in Osaka City. The temple is very old and it is said that the temple was built by Prince Shōtoku (574―622) […]

Ama no Iwafune and the haiden

Iwafune Shrine

The Shrine of a Huge “Rock Boat” Iwafune Shrine is a unique Shinto shrine in Osaka. The object of worship is a giant rock called Ama no Iwafune. “Ama” means “heaven” and “Iwafune” means “a […]