Discover ancient Kyoto with its shrines and temples, tea ceremonies, geishas and centuries of tradition.
As Japan resumed visa procedures to accept foreign tourists last week, travel companies have been thrown into confusion over the lack of communication regarding entry procedures and last-minute Covid-19 guidelines.
Heritage vs war: Cultural & heritage sites that have borne the brunt of armed conflict; Shubhangi Shah; Financial Express
Whenever a war breaks out, cultural properties and heritage sites bear the brunt either as collateral damage or on purpose. But there’s no clear winner here, either in conflict or during peace.
Japan is a nation of 6,852 islands. Want to know how to go island hopping in Japan — by bike, boat and bullet train? The Times guides you through the main islands.
Before COVID hit, the ancient city’s 17 world heritage sites and 2,000 temples and shrines drew 88 million tourists in in a single year. But it still can’t pay the bills.
Rescuers said that 10 people who were retrieved Sunday from the frigid sea and the rocky coast of a northern Japanese national park had died, a day after a tour boat with 26 aboard apparently sank in rough waters, triggering questions why it was allowed to sail.
A tour boat with 26 people aboard was missing in rough and cold waters off northern Japan Saturday after its crew issued a distress call and reported it was sinking, the coast guard said.
Every year since 1978, UNESCO has added new natural and cultural places to its World Heritage sites list and the organization has is expected to announced its newest additions for 2022 soon. In order to preserve locations’ “outstanding universal value”, the accolade provides enhanced protection against climate change and human development, as well as educating people about why these places are so special. From Korean tidal flats to a scenic Iranian railway, here are last year’s stunning additions.
Some 30,000 cherry trees of about 200 varieties are now in peak bloom on Mount Yoshino in this west Japan town, turning the UNESCO World Heritage mountain pink.
From floating golden temples to ancient pilgrim routes, there is much to be discovered.
Nikko offers a haven for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, along with a slew of unique, off-the-beaten-track activities.
A dispute over the history of a 400-year-old gold mine has touched off fresh animosity between Japan and South Korea, just as the Biden administration needs their cooperation to confront new North Korean weapons that threaten the U.S. allies.
Okinawa Prefecture has long attracted interest in its history, customs, and distinctive culture, and today, the northern part of the island, recently registered as a UNESCO natural heritage site, is the focus of special attention. Yanbaru, as the region is known, features several points of interest, including Daisekirinzan and Cape Hedo.
During Japan’s Sengoku “Warring States” era (1467-1615), castles were constructed, bolstered and fortified all across the Japanese archipelago, resulting in approximately 5,000 individual keeps.
The secrets of ancient Japanese tombs revealed by a research group of Politecnico di Milano thanks to satellite images. The results show that these tombs are oriented towards the arc of the rising sun, the Goddess Amaterasu that the Japanese emperors linked to the mythical origin of their dynasty.
With more than 12 centuries of history, Futarasan Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture has been inscribed as part of the “Shrines and Temples of Nikkō” UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the neighboring Tōshōgū mausoleum complex and the Buddhist temple Rinnōji. It remains popular today as a spot to pray for good fortune and matchmaking luck.
Three-star Road offers visitors a chance to experience a truly authentic Japan with jaw-dropping scenery, spellbinding castles and delicately manicured gardens.