Men not allowed: Villages where women focus on themselves; Swapna Mohanty; Catch News

Japan – Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region

While a sacred island which was recently declared world heritage site by UNESCO situated in south-west Japan, Okinoshima, bans women and allows up to 200 men a year to step in the island where Shinto priest offer prayers to the island’s goddess. There are a few islands and places in the world that are inhabited by women. Recent inclusion in this list of only women island is ‘SuperSheIsland’.

OTHER ALL WOMEN ISLANDS

Located in a remote valley, a small town named ‘ Noiva do Cordeiro’ nestling in the hills of southeast Brazil, 300 miles north of Rio de Janeiro is a home to 600 women aging between (20 years-35 years).

Dating back to 1891, this place has single women, divorced women, and women who are ready to marry but they would allow men to live there only if they abide by their rules.

Even if some of them are married but they make it a point that their husband is forced to work away from home and allowed only on weekends.

Source: Men not allowed: Villages where women focus on themselves

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4 Must-See Places for a Quick Getaway to the Wonderful Hiroshima Prefecture; Japan Info

Japan – Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

Japan’s Hiroshima Prefecture has a lot to offer, but since it is a bit far from the more popular travel destinations like Tokyo and Osaka, it is often overlooked. Despite this, it is still a place worth visiting even just for a quick trip. If you want to see as many amazing spots in Hiroshima as you can in a short period of time, here’s a list of must-see places!

1. The Atomic Bomb area

Of course, your first destination should be the famous Atomic Bomb Dome! It is the building that survived complete destruction, near the hypocenter of the nuclear bomb dropped by the USA in the Second World War. Looking at this dome will make you feel a bit gloomy as if you can feel the pain of the city, their sufferings will slowly engulf you, and it will make you realize how hard life is when there is war and how lucky you are. Just across the dome is the Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound where the ashes of the bombing victims are.

Source: 4 Must-See Places for a Quick Getaway to the Wonderful Hiroshima Prefecture – Japan Info

The ultimate year-long world tour for all ages; Rita Lobo; Love Exploring

Japan – Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

We’ve all dreamed of throwing the towel in and hitting the road.

A RECIPE FOR THE ULTIMATE YEAR AWAY

We’ve all dreamed of throwing the towel in and hitting the road. Increasingly, travelers in their 30s, 40s and 50s are taking extended career breaks to see more of the world, and those in retirement are traveling more than ever. But when it comes to determining the ideal itinerary for a round-the-world jaunt, where do you start? Right here. Follow our guide for the wildest 12 months of your life.

JANUARY: INDIA

Start your epic adventure by flying into Mumbai, a hectic, exciting explosion of colors and smells.

Spend a few days in the city taking in the extraordinary colonial architecture and enjoying some of the country’s best street food, then head east on a day trip. Discover the palaces and gardens of Pune, where the imposing Sinhagad Fort lords over the city, or sail out to Elephanta Island to visit ancient cave temples.

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Reasons to Add the Southernmost Island of Kyushu to Your Japan Vacation; Aren Bergstrom; Goway

Japan – Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining

Do yourself a favour and get off the main island when you’re on a Japan vacation. In particular, head to Kyushu, the nation’s southernmost major island.

There are four major islands in Japan, but most people don’t make it off the main island, Honshu. We get it. Honshu has Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe, and that’s not even getting to any of the smaller centres like Takayama or Nikko that are charming beyond all measure. That being said, do yourself the favour and get off the main island when you’re on a Japan vacation. In particular, head to Kyushu, the nation’s southernmost major island.

Kyushu is largely defined by three things: volcanoes, historical sites, and food. Geographically, the island is covered in volcanoes, which makes it abound with natural hot springs. Historically, the island was a major trading port due to its proximity to China and the Korean Peninsula. European traders would connect to Japan through Nagasaki via Macao and Hong Kong, making Kyushu the point of contact for far-flung foreigners.

Source: Reasons to Add the Southernmost Island of Kyushu to Your Japan Vacation | Goway

5 must-see Unesco sites in Japan; Melissa Ko; SCMP

Japan – Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region

The country’s heritage sites are rich in historical and cultural significance, but are also places of tremendous beauty

Japan has always been a favourite destination for Hongkongers because of its diverse natural environment and its rich cultural heritage. From temples, shrines and castles, to islands and villages, Japan has it all. We’ve picked five must-see Unesco attractions from a remarkable total of 21 Unesco World Heritage sites in Japan.

Sacred Island of Okinoshima 

A beautiful and sacred island in southwestern Japan – where naked male-only visitors can visit the shrine before going ashore during an annual festival in May – was declared a Unesco World Heritage site last year. Okinoshima, which preserves the tradition of worship on the island, is home to a huge collection of Japanese cultural assets, attesting to its importance as an early centre of international exchange with the people of the Korean Peninsula and China.

Horyuji Temple 

Horyuji Temple in Ikaruga, one of the world’s oldest wooden buildings, was the first site in Japan to be recognised by Unesco and included on the World Heritage List in 1993.

Source: 5 must-see Unesco sites in Japan

10 Days in Japan Itinerary for First Time Visitors; Dawn; y Travel Blog

Japan – Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)

Planning a trip to Japan?

After spending years looking at beautiful and exotic photos of Japan, we knew we needed to visit Japan and see the country for ourselves.

We wanted to see the colorful temples and shrines, eat the world’s best sushi, ride on a bullet train, be dazzled by its neon lights and soak up Japanese pop culture.

We did all of this and more on a wonderful 10 days in Japan itinerary that focused on the best sites in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Where to go in Japan?

There are so many fabulous places to visit in Japan, but if you are traveling to Japan for the first time, stick to these two classic Japanese cities.

Tokyo offers up the modern futuristic side of Japan, while Kyoto gives you the opportunity to experience the history and culture of imperial Japan.

We spent 5 days in Tokyo and 5 days in Kyoto, which allowed us to really get to know each city.

To minimize transportation time and cost, we flew into Osaka and visited Kyoto first.

Source: 10 Days in Japan Itinerary for First Time Visitors

Spring in Japan: 8 Places That Will Absolutely Take Your Breath Away; Begum Khalida; TripZilla

Japan – Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)

Cherry blossoms and lush sceneries. In Japan, spring is not merely a season, but a state of mind.

Japan. The land of the rising sun. A futuristic country dabbling in innovative human development. Despite being famous for being one of the tech-capitals of the world, Japan has still managed to retain some natural charm in its beautiful landscapes.

Whatever the season, this country is always ready to be explored for its magnificent sceneries spanning across mountainous terrains. So, worry not if you have missed the Japanese winter for the pretty flowers have blossomed into breathtaking views this spring.

1. Shinjuku, Tokyo: Shinjuku Gyoen

How can we speak of spring without mentioning the cherry blossoms of Japan? It’s almost blasphemous! But you cannot escape it either, since they are everywhere throughout the spring season. Locally known as sakura, there are numerous spots to view the multiple varieties of candy floss pink flowers.

If you are in Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden would be the best place to enjoy the flowers.

Source: Spring in Japan: 8 Places That Will Absolutely Take Your Breath Away

Nara and Kyoto: Cities that are as old as time yet upbeat as the modern rhyme; Christine Dayrit; Philippine Daily Star

Japan – Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

A beautiful clash of contrasts is experienced in Japan. Take Nara and Kyoto, for instance, and you will see the startling disparity of the old and the current. They breathe the air of a conservative past that also overlaps heavily with modernism. These cities are big on traditional mood yet they exist in a progressive mode.

That’s how my family and I felt — the distant past meeting the persistent present — when we discovered Kyoto and Nara recently.

From our Airbnb in Osaka, our amiable guide Hiroshi met us for an exciting discovery of Nara and Kyoto. We boarded a family bus full of excitement and a bagful of snacks for the trip. (My family’s first destination when we are together abroad is the local grocery store. Our first discovery of any foreign culture is through its food — that’s how we were taught by our late parents. Or maybe that’s our excuse because we are afraid to get hungry.

Source: Nara and Kyoto: Cities that are as old as time yet upbeat as the modern rhyme

14 BEAUTIFUL TEMPLES IN KYOTO EVERY CULTURE BUFF NEEDS TO VISIT; Julee Ooi; Lady Iron Chef

Japan – Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)

A visit to Kyoto should always be on your itinerary if you ever find yourself in Japan. The ancient capital of Japan might be a little bit slow-paced as compared to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, but it reflects a huge part of the rich Japanese culture and history.

Kyoto’s biggest attractions would probably be the sheer number of traditional temples. Most of them were built decades ago, and they still retain a certain rustic charm. But more often than not, we do not have the luxury of time to visit every single temple there is in Kyoto.

If you simply cannot make up your mind as to which temple you should go to, let our list of 14 Temples You Need To Visit While In Kyoto help you decide.

#1 NANZEN-JI TEMPLE

Nanzen-ji is a spacious temple situated at the base of Kyoto’s Higashiyama mountains. The compound includes several other sub-temples, and was first built in the 13th century.

The central temple grounds are generally free of charge, but separate fees apply for other temple buildings and sub-temples such as the Sanmon Gate, Hojo, Nanzenin and more.

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Why the people of Okinawa are among the healthiest and longest-living in the world; Gibbs Cadiz; Philippine Daily Inquirer

Japan – Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

Sunny, balmy, it is the Miami, Hawaii, Boracay of Japan

A rare snowstorm dumped heavy snow and plunged Tokyo into travel chaos on Jan. 22, according to reports. Other parts of Japan are equally in the grip of winter. But there’s one area in that country that’s free of sleet and snow, and, in fact, is about to welcome cherry blossoms: Okinawa.

The tiny island off the southern tip of Japan experiences sakura season much earlier, from late January to mid-February. Okinawa itself is just the biggest island (about 1,206 square kilometers) in a group of 160 islands comprising the Okinawa Prefecture, which is home to about 1.4 million people.

Because of its subtropical location—think Miami, Hawaii, Cancun on the same latitude—Okinawa experiences balmy weather all year, even in winter. At this time, for instance, while the rest of Japan is bundled up, it’s like Baguio in Okinawa, the breeze crisp and nippy but not chilly.

Source: Why the people of Okinawa are among the healthiest and longest-living in the world | Inquirer Lifestyle