As we got off the train and started walking towards the ornate shrine of Fushimi Inari, it was like entering any other shrine in Japan. No doubt it is as beautiful and peaceful as all the other shrines but there is something special about what lies behind it. Fushimi Inari is located at the foot of a mountain named Inari and at the very back you will find densely spaced tori-gate covered trail that goes up the mountain! It is so dense in some places that it is practically going through a brightly lit orange-red canopy! Even though it was pouring heavily, people flocked this place some equipped with hiking gear while others in traditional dresses! Beautiful women dressed in colorful kimonos walking through these gates built a thousand years ago definitely made me travel through time! ⛩⛩⛩
Have you done something different during this coronavirus time?
A month ago, we did our first zoom experience and it was really interesting! As many people couldn't experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, we sent some original products to our guests and they could live a tea ceremony from their home. Todd (@toddfong_travel) explained the experience in our website🍵
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Hey all you cool cats and kittens! It’s been 109 days of non-nomadism for me and honestly it feels like I just arrived in the US last week.
Days are long, but months are short and life right now is a compendium of contradictions. I’m stressed and bored; busy, but not doing much of anything; tired, and not sleeping. One thing’s for sure though, my @Netflix and I have grown closer and I’m fluent in conversing via meme (feel free to send your faves to me via DM!).
Help my dwindling Netflix queue... what are you watching these days?!
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We all know about beautiful and majestic castles built throughout the years but have you ever explored castle ruins around Japan? Join Kenneth as he visits "Castle Ruins in Japan: Matsusaka’s Convenience" in Mie prefecture. Be prepared to be blown away!
Keep up with the latest updates of Japanese culture, food, locations and unique stays on our blog. Tag us on your own photos with @stayjapan or use the hashtag #stayjapan to allow us to repost them on our page!
Have you heard the tale of the early risers of Nara?📜🦌
The cutie deer of Nara are believed to be the messengers of the Kami (deities). Perhaps more true before than now. Nevertheless, if you killed a deer, even by accident, you had to pay with your own life. Because of this, people were naturally afraid of seeing dead bodies of deer😱
One winter morning❄️, a deer was found dead in front of a shop on the pathway to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Heaven knows why it died. Perhaps attacked by wild dogs, or frozen to death in the severe cold? When the shop owner found the body in front of his shop in the early morning, he was terrified. If people found out, he would be condemned! In panic, he dragged the body to his neighbors door😰
Before long, the owner of the next shop woke up and found the body. He too was shocked and terrified. As the first man, he also dragged the body to the shop next door. Problem solved❗️
This went on again and again, and everyone dragged the body to their neighbors door.
Lastly, the body was brought in front of the house of a man who always liked to slumber for long hours💤 He cared nothing of the morning hustle and bustle and frankly found it rather annoying! This morning however, the man was woken up by loud banging on his door. Angered and half asleep, the man opened his door, only to find the lawman👮♀️The officer pointed at the dead deer and accused the man of killing it. As the story goes, the late riser was caught for killing the deer...
Since then, the people of Nara make darn sure to get up early!☀️
*this story, among others, can be found at Rokuen Deer Center in Nara. As the deer live close to humans, injuries are bound to occur and treatment must be given. The rise of tourism has also had an impact as the deer are often fed all kinds of human food from tourists, causing serious health problems. At Rokuen Deer Center, a team of passionate keepers work hard to protect and raise awareness about these animals welfare🙌 Working together with them, we have a pretty cool experience waiting for our clients! ❤️🦌 #explorejapan#traveljapan#visitjapan#visitjapanjp#bambi
#sobatsuru One of the best soba noodles in Kyoto and we love the handwritten menus- as seen here on the wall. The menus are all written by the owner. The waitress showed us the handwritten menu from years back when the restaurant was run by the owner's father. We love a cute (and delicious) family owned restaurant.
1 1687 hours ago
DEWEYCEL デュイセル アイクリーム
He dries my tears.
He grabs my heart.
Se seca mis lágrimas.
Me agarra el corazón.
Taking a little rest by the Buddha of Healing, the largest stone-carved Buddha in Japan! 🇯🇵
To reach it, you get to hike through lush, green nature for about an hour or so until you reach the temple, Nihon-ji. It has a spacious, airy feel, with plenty of spots to rest your legs & enjoy the view of the Healing Buddha before you continue on your hike. It’s definitely incredible to see & 100% worth a day trip from Tokyo 🌿
To compare for size for those of you who’ve visited Japan, it’s over double the size of the popular Kamakura Daibutsu, at 31m tall! 😮
📍鋸山、千葉県 - Nokogiriyama, Chiba. It’s in the same location as my previous post of the Hyaku-shaku Kannon, definitely lots of worthwhile things to see at this spot! ☺️
Hope you all have a good weekend whatever you get upto 💕
Let's take a moment to stop and appreciate teamLab's stunning digital artwork. For those who have had the pleasure of experiencing teamLab's creations, either in Tokyo or other cities, you can't help but embrace a sense of wonder at what human beings can conceive, being awestruck and re-awakened.
TeamLab aims to question what life is, what separates us as people and how we can be brought together through art. It is quite poignant considering that we live in a time of great divide. We hope that it won't be too soon until you experience that teamLab moment, that first breath after coma.
One of our Nakama has written about her experiences visiting teamLab in Japan, London & Singapore, check it out on the JN site. click the link in the bio!
Cherry blossoms bloom in Japan in late March/early April, and last month I got to visit Tokyo just in time to see them start to bloom 🌸🇯🇵 unfortunately I had to leave early cause of COVID-19 😞 If you're planning to visit Japan definitely consider going for cherry blossom season! They are super pretty and there are over 200 species 🤩