Kinkakuji Temple – The Golden Pavilion

Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, was built in 1397 as the residence of retired shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and was converted into a Zen Buddhist temple after his death. Kinkakuji, covered with gold embossed ornaments and surrounded by a beautiful Japanese garden, is a wonderful masterpiece from the Muromachi era (14-16 century). Visiting …

The Plover Castle – Matsue

Matsue Castle is one of twelve surviving ancient castles in Japan and the only one in the San’in region. It is called “Plover Castle” because of its characteristic pediments, which resemble the spread wings of this water bird. Another distinctive feature of the castle is the rows of large black amaoi-ita shutters to keep the …

The best views of Fuji mountain

Hakone Hakone is a popular resort town in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is home to the most visited national park in Japan, Fuji-Hakone-Izu. From here, visitors can take clear views of Mount Fuji or landscape photos of the mountain peeking over forests, lakes and colorful hills. In the heart of the park is Lake Ashi – …