Did you know Japan had its very own “Wild West”? Well, it is more like “Wild North” as the area I am referring to is actually in Japan’s beautiful northernmost island of Hokkaido.
The small former merchant district of Naramachi does its best to preserve its Edo-period atmosphere and charm to this day. When I first walked along the main streets in Nara, it seemed that not much remained of its past—apart from its temples—as most residential buildings had been torn down to make room for today’s modern concrete multi-story buildings. That was until I accidentally stumbled into Naramachi.
As the largest Imperial villa in Kyoto, Shugakuin has an excellent view over Kyoto throughout the year. Designed in the mid-17th century by Emperor Go-Mizunoo himself working together with some of the finest architects and artisans to build a tranquil home to retire.
So you just visited Nijo Castle in the center of Kyoto, the famous Himeji Castle or the impressive Osaka Castle and still cannot get enough of the architecture of Japanese castles.
Aizu-Wakamatsu in the heart of Tohoku is rich with intriguing history, renowned beauty and the essence of the way of the samurai.
For the full article, please refer to Samurai Trip.
According to some, had it not been destroyed by bombardments in World War II, Nagoya Castle would have surpassed Himeji Castle as Japan’s most impressive feudal castle.
The town of Uji makes a great day trip destination from Kyoto or Osaka to enjoy some delicious premium green tea as well as a relaxing walk along the town’s temples.
Daikakuji is what one would consider “slightly off the beaten path” as although it is located near Kyoto’s popular Arashiyama district, it largely remains unknown.
Once just another small temple town, Imaicho flourished as a merchant town after successfully negotiating a degree of autonomy with Japan’s legendary shogun Oda Nobunaga.
In the shade of ancient cedar trees rests Sendai’s Lord Date Masamune in his mausoleum, the Zuihoden.