25 Ultimate Things to Do in Japan; Celia Polkinghorne; Fodor’s

From soaking in onsens in Hokkaido to visiting the deer in Nara, there’s so much more to do in Japan than eating sushi in Tokyo. While the bright lights and fish markets lure travelers, the countryside is home to temples and shrines, mountain hikes, and culinary adventures. This is everything you need to do in Japan to fully experience the country.

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Doing the ‘I turn’: Japan taps tourism to lure city dwellers to emptying villages; Rina Chandran; The Japan Times

Yoshifumi Yano was tiring of the high cost of living and long hours of work at a travel firm in the city of Osaka when he heard of a hotel for sale in a small…

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Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range; Nick Kembel; Everything Everywhere

Visiting the Kii Mountain Range in Japan is easy—either day trip from Osaka or walk the sacred UNESCO sites along the pilgrimage route. Here’s how what you should know before you go.

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Melbourne woman dies after slipping off cliff on Japan’s Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail; ABC

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Hiking Solo Along the Kumano Kodo Iseji Route; Rebecca Quin; Savvy Tokyo

“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” — Cheryl Strayed

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Stay on Koyasan, one of Japan’s most sacred sites, and lose your heart to the Yoshino cherry blossoms; Japan Monthly Web Magazine

Koyasan (Wakayama Prefecture), a sacred mountain-top Shingon Esoteric Buddhism site, has been attracting worshippers for the past 1,200 years. Along with the…

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Fudarakusan-ji; Yonatan Friis; Atlas Obscura

A temple made famous by Japanese Buddhist monks who sacrificed themselves at sea.

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12 Reasons to Hike the Kumano Kodo, Japan’s 1,000-Year-Old Pilgrimage Route; Fodor’s Travel

Located about a hundred kilometers south of Osaka, the Kumano Kodo is the perfect antidote to a few days in Japan’s megalopolises. The network of trails snakes across the Kii Peninsula past sites significant in Buddhism and Shintoism, through small towns, and over lushly forested mountain passes. The pilgrimage holds appeal for hikers with a wide range of abilities, religious affiliations, and priorities. Here’s how and why to hike the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage in Japan.

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Niutsushime Shrine & Jisonin Temple; Roisin Finnerty; Japan Travel

Mount Koya s spiritual realm extends further, come and discover the Niutsushime Shrine and Jisonin Temple, which play their own important roles in the story of this land.

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Visiting one of the most sacred places in Japan; Keith Austin; Traveller

People leave little knitted hats and scarves on the statues in the town’s splendidly eerie cemetery.

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