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Visit Japan's Funky 'Karaoke Kannon' and 33m-Tall Gold Statue at Hojuyama Daikanon Temple

Matsuzaka / Tsu Kuil

Though Japan offers a variety of giant Buddha statues, one that stands out is the 33-meter-tall, gold-covered Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) statue. Located in Mie Prefecture’s Tsu City, it sits right in-between Osaka and Nagoya. What’s more, nestled between the mountains, the statue’s gold exterior peeks through tree-covered terrain-grabbing the attention of many passengers who use the nearby train station. During our visit, we found Hojuyama Daikanon Temple to be a unique site filled with many impressive Buddha and Kannon statues. We also took some photos of the neighboring Japon Louvre Sculpture Museum! Here we will share some of the things you can see and do at these extraordinary facilities.

Pokémon Cafe Osaka: Meet Your Favorite Characters At This Paradise for Pokémon Fans!

Namba / Dotonburi / Shinsaibashi Kafe & Manisan Lain-lain

Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka) opened in September of 2019 at Daimaru Shinsaibashi, a popular department store among tourists and frequent shoppers located in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi district. After the Pokémon Cafe (Nihonbashi, Tokyo) opened in 2018, it became the second Pokémon-themed restaurant in all of Japan and the first to be opened in Western Japan. In addition to serving fun Pikachu and other Pokémon character-inspired meals, you will find that this cafe is entirely decorated in a Pokémon theme. It’s so adorable, even just sitting at one of the tables is enjoyable, and must top your list of things to do in Osaka! Here we will introduce our visit to this extremely popular cafe where a range of fans from families to foreign guests frequently stops by.

Cool Down in the Hot Summer! 10 Refreshing Places to Visit in Kyoto in Summer

Stesen Kyoto / Kuil Toji Tempat suci

Kyoto is a popular tourist destination both domestically and internationally. Situated in a basin surrounded by mountains, summers are hot and humid, and on many days the temperature exceeds 30°C. However, Kyoto also has cool summer destinations, including mountains, the seaside, and rivers. In addition to beautiful natural scenery, there are plentiful experiences and activities to get a feel for the city’s summer atmosphere. Here are 10 cool spots in Kyoto where you can beat the heat, from famous sites like Shimogamo Shrine, Tadasu-no-Mori, Kibune, and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest to less frequented areas away from the city.

Kumano Sanzan: Visit the Land of Gods on a Journey to Wakayama Prefecture

Kumanokodo / Shingu / Shirahama Tempat suci

Kumano Sanzan refers to the three grand shrines located on Mt. Sanzan in Wakayama Prefecture: Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine, Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine, and Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine. They are the head shrines of the Kumano Shrines of which there are about 4,700 throughout the country. Today, as in the past, people have been drawn to this sacred land of the gods.

5 Traditional Japanese Gardens in Kyoto and How to Enjoy Them: Tips from A Kyoto Landscaping Firm

Kuil Ginkaku / Kuil Nanzen Kebun Bunga

There are plenty of beautiful Japanese gardens in Kyoto that are worth visiting. At a Strolling Pond Garden, you can stroll around a large pond or hop on a boat. Karesansui, or dry landscape gardens, replicate magnificent scenery and the spirit of Zen using no water, just stones and sand. There's a mysterious charm to these Japanese gardens that has grown and captivated viewers' hearts throughout its history, and tempts one to gaze out at them forever. Saki Yamada, director of the Heritage and Garden Artistry division of the long-established Kyoto landscaping firm Ueyakato Landscape, founded in 1848, lets us in on some secrets about Japanese gardens and shares tips on enjoying them. Top photo: Murin-an (Photo: Ueyakato Landscape)

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  • Arashiyama / Uzumasa
  • Gion / Kawaramachi / Kuil Kiyomizu
  • Kobe / Sannomiya / Kitano
  • Namba / Dotonburi / Shinsaibashi
  • Nara / Ikoma / Tenri
  • Shinsekai / Tennoji / Tsurubashi
  • Stesen Kyoto / Kuil Toji
  • Umeda / Stesen Osaka / Kitashinchi
  • USJ / Pelabuhan Osaka
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