Toji Temple

Toji, a unique temple complex from the 8th century, is a place steeped in history, legend and antiquity. Toji literally translates as an oriental temple. Initially, the temple was used to protect the capital and the surrounding lands both by the massive structures themselves and by the gods to whom they prayed here. Now the …

The beauty of Hirosaki Castle

Towers, sakura and apples Hirosaki Castle is considered one of the most beautiful in Japan. The main tower, built at the top of the hill, is surrounded by defensive walls, moats and yagura towers. Around the castle is a beautiful cherry orchard, where thousands of sakura trees bloom lush every spring. Hirosaki is the commercial …