Wonderful Japan – Kansai

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

The Kansai region is often considered as the historical and cultural heart of Japan. It was the centre of politics, culture, and economy before the capital city was transferred to Tokyo in the 17th century. As a result of its unique history, many historical sites in Kansai are considered as UNESCO World Heritage sites or Japanese national treasures.

Due to its unique history, the residents of Kansai have adopted a dynamic lifestyle from other regions in Japan, such as the commerce of Osaka, the culture of Kyoto, the cosmopolitan standards of living of Kobe. However, this does not mean that Kansai does not have its own unique customs. For example, Osakans are known for their love of delicious food, and the Kansai people in general are known for their easy-going and fun loving nature.

As of 2010, there are about 23 million residents in the Kansai region. The region covers an area of over 27,000 square kilometres (10,000 square miles), and consists of seven prefectures:

No. Prefecture Capital City
1. Osaka Osaka
2. Hyogo Kobe
3. Kyoto Kyoto
4. Mie Tsu
5. Wakayama Wakayama
6. Nara Nara
7. Shiga Otsu

Note: Kyoto and Nara will be excluded from this article since the topic has been covered in another article.

 

Brief History

Bunraku performance in Osaka

Bunraku performance in Osaka

The history of Kansai can be traced back to the ancient times, when it is said that humans have been living in the region for more than 10,000 years. With Japan’s ancient capitals located in Kansai until the 17th century, the region was the country’s centre of economy, culture, and politics for many centuries. As a result, Kansai is the region with the most UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan. In addition, Kansai is the birthplace of three Japanese performing arts: Bunraku, Noh Theatre, and Kabuki Theatre. Kansai is also the place of origin of other forms of Japanese art, such as flower arrangement, and the tea ceremony.

Kansai is also an important region in the spread of Buddhism. It is noted that the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism and the Jimon Sect of Tendai Buddhism were established in Kansai. The region is also home to the Ise Shrine, the holiest shrine in the Shinto religion.

 

Location

The Kansai region is located in the middle of the Japanese archipelago, between the Pacific Ocean to the south and the Sea of Japan to the north. To the west of the region is the Seto Inland Sea, while to the east lies the Ise Bay.

Kansai region is located in the middle of the Japanese archipelago.

Kansai region is located in the middle of the Japanese archipelago. Click to enlarge

A closer look of Kansai region

A closer look of Kansai region – Click to enlarge

 

Language and Dialect

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Like other parts of Japan, Kansai people speak the Japanese language, although they have several distinct dialects. Kansai dialects tend to be harsher in tone and more melodious than other parts of Japan.

  • The Keihanshin dialect is used in the metropolitan areas like Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka
  • The Kinai dialect is used in Kyoto and Nara
  • The Tajima and Tango dialects are used in the North-western part of Kansai, but are sometimes categorised as Chūgoku dialects, due to being very different from other Kansai dialects
  • Island languages are used in Totsukawa and Owase, but are not considered as Kansai dialects due to significant differences

The Kansai dialect has existed for over one thousand years. The Kinai dialect used to be considered as the de facto standard Japanese language when Nara and Kyoto were the imperial capital of Japan. After the Tokugawa Shogunate moved the Japanese imperial capital to Edo in the 17th century, the Kansai dialect became a provincial dialect. However, since the Kansai region is still the second most populous urban region after the Kanto region, Kansai dialects are still the most widely spoken non-standard Japanese dialect.

 

Culture in Kansai

Kabuki performance was originated from Kansai region

Kabuki – a traditional Japanese theatrical dance and drama performance that involves performers with elaborate makeup

The general stereotype of Kansai and Osaka people are as fun-loving people, unlike their Tokyo counterparts, who are generally considered as straight laced and stressed out. This Kansai stereotype stems from the fact that many successful comedians in Japan came from the Kansai area, and many of these comedians speak the Kansai dialect. In addition, historically, Osaka is known as the commercial and trading centre in Japan. Therefore, people from Osaka tend to have a more relaxed demeanour than their Tokyo counterparts, who are strongly associated with the samurai culture.

Kansai is famous for being a place where many different forms of Japanese art originated from. For example, the famous novel ‘The Tale of Genji’ by Murasaki Shikibu came from this region. Other Japanese traditional art forms from Kansai include:

  • Ikebana is a traditional Japanese fresh flower arrangement, which allows creative expression within certain boundaries of rules
  • Chanoyu is also known as the Way of Tea, a ceremony that involves the preparation and presentation of green tea
  • Bunraku is a traditional Japanese puppet theatre that involves three types of theatre performers: chanters (Tayu), puppeteers (Ningyozukai), and shamisen musicians
  • Kabuki is a traditional Japanese theatrical dance and drama performance that involves performers with elaborate makeup
  • Noh is a traditional Japanese drama that combines music, dance, and acting, with the actors usually wearing light masks made of cypress wood
Ikebana, a traditional Japanese fresh flower arrangement

Ikebana – a traditional Japanese fresh flower arrangement

Chanoyu is a ceremony that involved the preparation and presentation of green tea.

Chanoyu – a ceremony that involves the preparation and presentation of green tea

A traditional Noh performance, one of the theatre art form that originated from Kansai region

Noh – a traditional Japanese drama that combines music, dance, and acting, with the actors usually wearing light masks made of cypress wood

 

Customs in Kansai

Several customs that should be known before visiting Kansai region or Japan in general:

1. Addressing another person with respect

Bowing is an art form in Japan. The inclination and the duration of the bow will depend on the circumstance and the position of the person that you are addressing. A peer or friend may get a quick 30 degree bow, while a superior may get a longer 70 degree bow. For tourists, a simple nod of the head or an attempt to bow at the waist will generally be acceptable.

In addition, addressing someone appropriately is very important. It is common to attach the suffix ‘-san’ or ‘-sama’ behind someone’s last name as a sign of respect. Although in most cases, it is acceptable to call children by their first name. However, you can consider adding the suffix ‘-kun’ for boys and ‘-chan’ for girls.

2. No tipping

Tipping is not acceptable in any situation and can be considered insulting.

3. Boundaries for shoes

Visitors are expected to take off their shoes at the entrance of houses, businesses, and temples. It is a major taboo to step on a tatami mat with your shoes. Many Japanese people bring a pair of indoor slippers to be used as needed. In most places, shoe racks are prepared for guests to store their shoes. If a plastic bag is offered instead of a shoe rack, it means that the guest is expected to carry his or her own shoes.

4. Bathing in public bath

Public bathhouses (sento) or hot springs (onsen) are popular in Japan. Unlike in western countries, public baths in Japan are used after you have washed and rinsed, but would like to soak further.

 

Travel Document Requirements to Enter Japan

Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture

Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture

All foreign visitors who would like to enter Japan should have a passport that is valid throughout the period of their stay in Japan. Citizens of countries that have reciprocal visa agreements with Japan may enter the country within a limited period of time as long as their visit is for sightseeing purposes and not to engage in activities that results in income.

The following is a list of countries that have reciprocal visa agreements with Japan:

For a limited stay of 90 days or less

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay

For a limited stay of 15 days or less

Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia (visitor must have a biometric passport and has been issued a Visa Waiver Registration Certificate)

For other conditions

  • Malaysia, Barbados, Serbia, Lesotho, and Turkey – allowed visa-free visit for up to 90 days, provided visitor has a biometric passport
  • Taiwan – allowed visa-free visit for 90 days, provided visitor’s passport has a personal identification number
  • China – visitors travelling via cruise ships do not need a visa, but must leave on the same cruise ship

For all other nationalities, visitors are required to obtain a temporary visitor’s visa prior to arrival, which will be valid for 90 days. If you are just transiting between international flights at the airport, no visa is required as long as you stay within the secured designated area.

You can visit the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to get more information on visas. For further information, please check with the Japanese embassy in your respective country.

 

What to Wear

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Although it is acceptable for tourists to wear casual clothing, you should adjust your clothing to the weather and the season when you travel to Japan. For example, if you come in the summer, it is better to bring lighter clothing, whereas if you travel during the winter season, it is better to prepare a warm coat and other warmer clothing. Since indoor and outdoor temperatures can be dramatically different, it is better to wear multiple layers of clothing that can be taken off or put on as necessary. It is also recommended to bring an umbrella, raincoats, and shawls.

 

Food

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Food is an important part in the lives of Kansai people, especially those who live in Osaka. There is a Japanese saying, “Kyo no Kidaore, Osaka no Kuidaore”, which translates into “Kyotoites are ruined by overspending on clothing, Osakans are ruined by overspending on food”.

The following are several unique foods from the prefectures of Kansai:

 

Shiga Prefecture

Funazushi

Funazushi

Funazushi is a food delicacy that contains funa (freshwater Carp) from Lake Biwa, invented during the Heian period (795 – 1185). After it has been cleaned, the cook preserves the fish by rubbing salts into its various body parts. After one month, the cook washes the fish from the salt residue, then repeats the preservation process on the fish, before stuffing the fish with cooked rice that has been mixed with sake and salt, and sets this aside for six months to mature. After six months, you can cut off a piece and choose to eat it as it is or with rice and tea. This type of fermented sushi is known as narezushi.

 

Wakayama Prefecture

Koyadofu

Koyadofu

Koyadofu is a freeze-dried tofu that has been around since the ancient Japanese period. The method of freezing the tofu involves removing the water and drying it in order to create a unique texture and taste that is different from other tofu. Koyadofu is a staple diet for Japanese Buddhist priests, and it is said that Koyadofu originated from Mount Koya, the centre of Shingon Buddhism in Wakayama. Koyadofu is very popular amongst Japanese households because it is highly nutritious and easy for digestion. In addition, it is full of flavour because it soaks a lot of soup when boiled.

 

Osaka Prefecture

Takoyaki

Takoyaki

Takoyaki is made from a mixture of octopus, flour, stock, cabbage, onions, and some pickled ginger. The mixture is then made into balls and baked. The resulting balls are crunchy and delicious.

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a mixture of flour, mixed vegetables, and fried on a round hotplate. You can add other ingredients if you want too. The end results look like a pancake with rich ingredients.

 

Mie Prefecture

Ise Udon

Ise Udon

Ise Udon is unique because its broth is made from soy sauce and sweet sake.

Tekonezushi

Tekonezushi

Tekonezushi is made up of cut fish meat marinated in soy sauce, and then arranged on top of rice with vinegar.

 

Hyogo Prefecture

Akashiyaki

Akashiyaki

Akashiyaki are round dumplings made from an egg mixture. They were invented in the city of Akashi, and the batter is dipped into dashi stock before being eaten.

 

Wakayama Prefecture

Meharizushi

Meharizushi

Meharizushi – Onigiri rice balls wrapped in pickled mustard leaves

Kue Nabe

Kue Nabe

Kue Nabe – Hotpot long tooth grouper fish dish

 

Fukui Prefecture

Echizen Soba

Echizen Soba

Echizen Soba – Buckwheat soba with grated radish, and one of the most popular foods in the prefecture

 

Climate

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Due to being surrounded by the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean, and the Seto Inland Sea, and with steep mountainous regions to the south and sloping plateaus in the north, the climate in Kansai is very varied depending on the area. The climate in the southern region is relatively mild, but the coast along the Sea of Japan experiences a lot of snow during the winter season. The coast along the Seto Inland Sea has a milder coastal climate, while the inland area experiences milder temperatures.

In general, sunshine is fairly consistent throughout the year. However, the amount of rainfall may vary considerably. The rainfall volume is particularly high from the month of May to September, but rain is usually concentrated in specific areas. In the winter, temperatures can drop to as low as five degree Celsius, while in the summer, temperatures can be near to or in the low thirties.

 

The Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Kansai is during the autumn and cherry blossom seasons in spring, since many of the sites are at their best condition for viewing.

 

20 Great Places to Visit in Kansai

 

Osaka Prefecture

 

1. Osaka Castle (Osaka-jō)

Osaka Castle in autumn

Osaka Castle in autumn

General Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537 - 1598 CE)

General Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537 – 1598 CE)

In 1583, General Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a 16th century Japanese warrior, built the Osaka Castle to display his power and accomplishment. According to legend, the building of the Osaka Castle involved 100,000 workers. It was the largest castle in Japan when it was first built, and Hideyoshi chose the granite structure because it was considered impregnable. Unfortunately, this was proven to be wrong as Tokugawa Ieyasu and his army destroyed the castle and the Toyotomi lineage less than a century later in 1614.

In the 1620s, Tokugawa Ieyasu rebuilt and surrounded the castle with over 100 tons of stone as protection. However, this attempt could not protect the castle from natural disaster. In 1665, lightning struck and burnt down the castle tower.

The citizens of Osaka raised funds to rebuild and maintain the castle. In 1931, the current structure of the castle, including the castle tower that was burnt down in the 17th century, was rebuilt. During World War II, the castle miraculously survived the air raids, and in 1997, the castle was extensively refurbished.

Today, the beautiful Osaka Castle is surrounded by parks and deep wide ditches. The castle complex consists of 13 structures that include several 17th century turrets. The eight-floor central observation deck, which was used to observe the area surrounding the castle to detect enemy invasion, has a view range of 360 degrees.

Small figurines of Japanese Samurai warriors displayed at the historical exhibition inside Osaka Castle museum.

Small figurines of Japanese Samurai warriors displayed at the historical exhibition inside Osaka Castle museum.

At night, the castle is lit with floodlights. If you visit the lawn on weekends, you may be able to watch the performance of local musicians on the lawn. An elevator has been installed inside the castle tower to facilitate easier access. Visitors can visit the museum that contains information about Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the castle’s history. In the Nishinomaru Garden, there are 600 cherry trees, a tea house, and the former Osaka Guest House. In addition, visitors can visit a temple dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the castle complex.

The castle and the Nishinomaru Garden are at their most colourful best during the cherry blossom season in early April, and the autumn foliage season in early November to early December.

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Osaka Castle
Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6941-3044
Website: http://www.osakacastle.net/english/
Entrance fee: ¥600
Opening hours: 9:00 – 5:00 PM (last admission at 4:30 PM)

Nishinomaru Garden
Entrance fee: ¥200 (¥350 during the extended hours of cherry blossom season)
Opening hours: 9:00 – 5:00 PM (last admission at 4:30 PM. The opening hours is extended to 9:00 PM during cherry blossom season)

 

How to Get There

You can take Japan Rail (JR) train to the closest train station to the castle, Osakajokoen Station, which is a 10 minutes train ride from JR Osaka Station. If you plan to enter the castle from the Otemon Gate at the south-western corner of the castle park, the closest station that you should take is the 4-chrome station along the Tanimachi Subway Line or Chuo Subway Line.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Osaka Castle. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Bike & Bed Charin Co HOSTEL OSAKA
Address: 2 Chome-2-9 Yariyamachi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0027, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6944-3100

2. Imperial Hotel Osaka
Address: 1-8-50 Kita-ku Temmabashi, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0042, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6881-1111
Website: http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/osaka/

 

2. Momofuku Andō Instant Ramen Museum

Momofuku Andō Instant Ramen Museum

Momofuku Andō Instant Ramen Museum

Momofuku Andō (1910 – 2007 CE)

Momofuku Andō (1910 – 2007 CE)

Momofuku Andō (1910 – 2007 CE) was born in Taiwan in 1910, which was a territory of Japan at the time. After World War II, Japan lost Taiwan, and Andō chose to be a Japanese citizen. At the time, Japan was experiencing a shortage of food, and Andō, who believed that “Peace will come to the world when the people have enough to eat”, was thinking of ways to invent an economical and easy way to cook food. After he successfully invented the instant noodle, Andō established Nissin Food Products Co. Ltd., which supplied the world with Chikin Ramen in 1958 and Cup Noodles in 1971.

The Momofuku Andō Instant Ramen Museum features the history of how Cup Noodles were made in the shed where Mr Momofuku Andō experimented with various cooking methods, ramen manufacturing machines, topping reproductions, and several TV screens that show commercials of Cup Noodle and Chikin Ramen throughout the years. Visitors can also walk along a tunnel that showcases a half-century of package designs and the various Nissin products. Visitors can borrow an English language audio guide by paying a 2,000yen deposit.

The replica of the shed where Mr. Momofuku Andō experimented with various cooking methods.

The replica of the shed where Mr. Momofuku Andō experimented with various cooking methods.

The museum offers various activities where the visitors can choose to take part. Visitors can challenge themselves with computer history quizzes about instant ramen, or watch the manufacturing of instant noodles in the CUPNOODLES Drama Theatre.

Visitors can also create their own custom-made Cup Noodles and decorate the cup. Firstly, participants must buy a 300yen Styrofoam cup, which they can then decorate as they desire. After that, participants will use the Noodle Shooter machine to fill the cup with dry noodles, and ask staff members to pour their choice of broth flavours, as well as up to 12 toppings such as kimchi, cheese, and corn. The museum staff members then help to seal the cup and package it in an air-cushioned carry bag.

Another activity for visitors is in the Chicken Ramen Factory; however, this activity is not available for individual visitors. The Chicken Ramen Factory allowed the visitors to make their own instant noodle from scratch. The process will take about 90 minutes. The session will cost ¥500 for adults and ¥300 for elementary school students.

A half-century of package design of various Nissin products

A half-century of package design of various Nissin products

Address: 8-25 Masumi-cho, Ikeda-shi, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 563-0041, Japan
Phone: +81 72-752-3484
Website: http://www.instantramen-museum.jp/en/
Entrance fee: N/ A
Opening hours: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM (last admission at 3:30 PM)

 

How to Get There

The nearest train station to the Momofuku Andō Instant Ramen Museum is Ikeda Station, approximately 20 minutes by train from the Hankyu Umeda Station via express train on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line. Visitors can exit via the Masumi-cho Homen Exit, and walk about five minutes to the museum. If visitors choose to charter a private bus, they are recommended to call the reservation line in advance. Visitors can expect long queues to enter the museum on weekends.

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodations in Osaka. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Bike & Bed Charin Co HOSTEL OSAKA
Address: 2 Chome-2-9 Yariyamachi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0027, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6944-3100

2. Imperial Hotel Osaka
Address: 1-8-50 Kita-ku Temmabashi, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0042, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6881-1111
Website: http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/osaka/

 

3. Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas is the tallest building in Japan at 300m (984ft) and 60 stories. Cesar Pelli, the Argentine-American architect who designed some of the world’s tallest buildings, designed Abeno Harukas. The building construction was completed in March 2014. Abeno Harukas houses Japan’s largest department store (Kintetsu, floors B2–14), the Abeno Harukas Art Museum, a hotel, office spaces, and restaurants.

The observatory on the 16th floor is free, but admission is required for the top-level Harukas 300 Observatory, an observation deck which provides a 360-degree view of the whole Kansai region through windows that run several stories high. Reservations can be made as far as two months in advance. You can buy an entrance ticket to the observation deck at the Family Mart convenience store (at least two days in advance). You can also reserve tickets via the internet (at least three days in advance), however, please note that only Japanese credit cards are accepted for internet reservations. There’s also an open-top atrium in the building. Although Abeno Harukas is Japan’s tallest building, the tallest structure in Japan is the Tokyo Sky Tree, at 634m (2,080ft).

The observatory on the 16th floor

The observatory on the 16th floor

Kintetsu Department Store

Kintetsu Department Store

Harukas 300 Observatory

Harukas 300 Observatory

Address: 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 545-6016, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6624-1111
Website: https://www.abenoharukas-300.jp/en/
Entrance fee: ¥1,500 (entrance fee to Harukas 300 Observatory)
Opening hours: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

 

How to Get There

Abeno Haruka is located on top of Kintetsu Osaka-Abenobashi Station, opposite of Tennoji Station. Visitors can take a 15-minute train ride from Osaka Station, or a 15-minute train ride from Umeda Station, and get off at Tennoji Station. Alternatively, you can take a five-minute train ride from JR Namba Station to Tennoji Station.

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodations in Osaka. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Bike & Bed Charin Co HOSTEL OSAKA
Address: 2 Chome-2-9 Yariyamachi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0027, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6944-3100

2. Imperial Hotel Osaka
Address: 1-8-50 Kita-ku Temmabashi, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0042, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6881-1111
Website: http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/osaka/

 

4. Dotombori

Dotombori

Dotombori

Dotombori is the most happening nightspot in Osaka. It was named after the 400-year old Dotomborigawa River that runs through the area. There are pedestrian walkways on both sides of the river, and visitors can shop and eat at the various shops and restaurants in the area.

Dotombori is located in Minami, the southern part of Osaka, and is the centre for Kuidaore food culture. Kuidaore literally means ‘to eat oneself to bankruptcy’, which is the term that is often used to describe Osaka residents’ obsession with culinary satisfaction.

There are many restaurants on both sides of Dotomborigawa River. In the past, geisha used to entertain their customers on the northern side, but now the area is filled with small restaurants and bars. The southern part of the river used to be known as the theatre district, and visitors can get a taste of old Osaka by visiting some of the restaurants in Hozenji-Yokocho, one of the backstreets of Dotombori area.

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Kinryu Ramen in Dotombori, Osaka

Kinryu Ramen in Dotombori, Osaka

Address: Dotombori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan
Website: http://www.dotonbori.or.jp/en/
Entrance fee: N/ A
Opening hours: varied per shop

 

How to Get There

Visitors can take a train on either the Midosuji, Yotsubashi, or Sen’nichimae lines and stop at the Namba Station, which is a short walk away from the west side of Dotombori.

Visitors can also take a train on either the Sen’nichimae or Sakaisuji lines and stop at the Nipponbashi Station, which is a short walk away from the east side of Dotombori.

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodations in Osaka. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Bike & Bed Charin Co HOSTEL OSAKA
Address: 2 Chome-2-9 Yariyamachi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0027, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6944-3100

2. Imperial Hotel Osaka
Address: 1-8-50 Kita-ku Temmabashi, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0042, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6881-1111
Website: http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/osaka/

 

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5. Ise-jingū

Ise-jingū

Ise-jingū

A Shinto shrine established in the 3rd century, Ise-jingū consists of an outer shrine (Gekū) and an inner shrine (Naikū). The distance between the inner and outer shrine is several kilometres and, in accordance with tradition, the shrines require rebuilding every 20 years. The rebuilding efforts should follow the exact specifications of the adjacent sites following ancient building techniques, which means only wooden dowels and interlocking joints are used to connect the structure. The most recent structures were rebuilt in 2013.

After the completion of the buildings, the Sengū No Gi ceremony was performed to welcome the return of the god to the shrine. The woods from the old structures were either used to build the Shrine gate or sent to other shrines in Japan to be used for their rebuilding efforts.

The structure of Ise-jingū is a reflection of pre-Buddhist Japanese architecture. The shrine buildings are completely hidden behind the wooden fences. Only the imperial family members and senior shrine priests have the privilege to enter the building. However, visitors can get a glimpse of the buildings’ upper parts. Visitors can also get a better visualisation of the shrine interior by visiting the Sengūkan Museum or the nearby smaller shrines, which are a smaller scale replica of Ise-jingū.

The Ise-jingū complex consists of 125 Shinto shrines surrounding Naikū and Gekū, and the entire complex is the approximately the same size as Paris in France. Every year, there are approximately 1,500 rituals performed in Ise-jingū to pray for world peace, huge harvests, and the prosperity of the Imperial family.

 

The Inner Shrine (Naikū)

The shrine of the goddess Amaterasu-Ōmikami

The shrine of the goddess Amaterasu-Ōmikami

Naikū, the Inner Shrine, was established in the 3rd century, and is the shrine of the sun goddess, Amaterasu-Ōmikami, the guardian deity of the Japanese nation and the ancestral goddess of the imperial family. Naikū houses one of the three sacred Japanese Imperial regalia, the sacred mirror. The other two sacred regalia are the sacred beads currently stored in the Imperial Palace, and the sacred sword currently placed at Atsuta-jingū in Nagoya.

Just before the shrine’s entrance, visitors can pick up an English language leaflet to get a better understanding of the place. The Uji-bashi Bridge located next to the stall leads the visitors across the Isuze-gawa River. After the main gravel path, there is the Mitarashi River, where pilgrims can purify themselves prior to entering the shrine. The path going towards Goshōden, the main shrine building, is made more beautiful by the towering cryptomeria trees.

Mitarashi River

Mitarashi River

 

The Outer Shrine (Gekū)

The Outer Shrine (Gekū)

The Outer Shrine (Gekū)

Gekū, the Outer Shrine, was built in the 5th century. The main deity of this shrine is Toyouke-no-Ōkami, the god of housing, clothing, and food. The deity blesses her followers with abundant harvests, and provides the three essential necessities of human life: food, clothing, and shelter. Every day, the shrine priest makes food offerings to the deity, which was enshrined there around 1,500 years ago based on Amaterasu-Ōmikami’s suggestion. At the entrance of Gekū, there is a stall where visitors can pick up an English language leaflet with information about the shrine. The main building in Gekū is Goshōden. Across the river from Goshōden, there are three smaller shrines that are less crowded.

 

Shogu

Shogu

Shogu

Shogu is the shrine where the image of Amaterasu-Ōmikami is located. The sacred holy mirror is enshrined in the main palace at the innermost courtyard of the main sanctuary. The main palace is enclosed with four rows of wooden fences, and pilgrims usually make their prayers from the third row.

 

Kaguraden

Kaguraden

Kaguraden

A place where visitors can purchase amulets for good fortune. If a person has personal wishes, s/he can also dedicate a prayer by making an offering of kagura (ceremonial music and dance to Amaterasu-Ōmikami).

 

Kodenchi

Kodenchi

Kodenchi

Kodenchi is the place where the new shrines will be built when the next rebuilding process is to commence (Shikinen Sengu).

Ujibashi Bridge

Ujibashi Bridge

Ujibashi Bridge

Ujibashi Bridge is 100m (328.1ft) in length and brings the visitors across the Isuzugawa River at the entrance of Naikū. It is believed that the bridge connects the sacred and mundane realms. The bridge is also rebuilt every 20 years as part of the Shikinen Sengu process.

Address: 1 Ujitachicho, Ise, Mie Prefecture 516-0023, Japan
Phone: +81 596-24-1111
Website: https://www.isejingu.or.jp/en/
Entrance fee: N/ A
Opening hours:

Month Opening Hours
January, February, March, April, and September 5:00 AM – 6:00 PM
May, June, July, and August 5:00 AM – 7:00 PM
October, November, and December 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

How to Get There

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You can take a Kintensu Line train and stop at Ise-shi Station. You can walk for about 10 minutes to Gekū or choose to ride a taxi from Ise-shi Station and go straight to Naikū. From Gekū, Naikū is accessible by bus from the bus stop outside Gekū that travels to Naikū-mae stop. Visitors can catch the bus returning from Naikū to Gekū from bus stop 2.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Ise-jingū. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Sanco Inn Ise-Ekimae Shikinoyu
Address: 1-1-1 Miyajiri, Ise, Mie Prefecture 516-0072, Japan
Phone: +81 598 22 1045

2. Ise Guest House Kazami
Address: 1-6-36 Fukiage, Ise, Mie Prefecture 516-0073, Japan
Phone: +81 596-64-8565
Website: http://ise-guesthouse.com/en/

 

6. Meoto Iwa

Meoto Iwa

Meoto Iwa

Meoto Iwa, also known as the Married Couple Rocks, are two small rocks in the ocean off Futami in the Mie Prefecture. The two rocks are joined together by a heavy rope made of rice straw called Shimenawa. The two rocks are considered as sacred objects by the Shinto worshippers at a nearby local shrine, Futami Okitama Shrine. According to a Shinto legend, the two rocks represent the union of the god Izanagi and the goddess Izanami, who were given the task of creating the world, and the gods and goddesses. The rocks, therefore, celebrate the union or marriage between a woman and a man.

The two rocks are considered as sacred objects by the Shinto worshippers at a nearby local shrine, Futami Okitama Shrine.

The two rocks are considered as sacred objects by the Shinto worshippers at a nearby local shrine, Futami Okitama Shrine.

The rope that unites the rocks is over one tone in weight, and it is replaced three times a year in a special Shinto ceremony. The larger rock represents Izanagi, and the smaller rock represents Izanami. Many visitors visit the rocks at dawn in the summer time from May to July) to see the magical views where the sunrise between them, or at dusk between November and January to observe the moon between the two rocks.

The larger rock is approximately 9.14m (30ft) in height and is said to represent Izanagi. The smaller rock is about 3.66m (12ft) in height and represents Izanami.

Futami Okitama Shrine is dedicated to the goddess of imperial food, Miketsu, and Sarutahiko Ōkami, the god patron of martial arts. There are numerous statues of frogs around the shrine because it is believed that frogs are the messengers of god.

Frog statues at Futami Okitama Shrine

Frog statues at Futami Okitama Shrine

Address: 575 Futamichoe, Ise, Mie Prefecture 519-0602, Japan
Phone: +81 596-43-2020
Entrance fee: N/ A
Opening hours: N/ A

 

How to Get There

Visitors who choose to go by the train can take JR Tokai Sangu Line and get off at Futami no Ura Station. From the station, the visitors can reach the Meoto Iwa by walking for approximately 20 minutes.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Meoto Iwa. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Sanco Inn Ise-Ekimae Shikinoyu
Address: 1-1-1 Miyajiri, Ise, Mie Prefecture 516-0072, Japan
Phone: +81 598 22 1045

2. Ise Guest House Kazami
Address: 1-6-36 Fukiage, Ise, Mie Prefecture 516-0073, Japan
Phone: +81 596-64-8565
Website: http://ise-guesthouse.com/en/

 

7. Iga Ueno Castle

Iga Ueno Castle

Iga Ueno Castle

Iga Ueno Castle, also known as White Phoenix Castle (Hakuho), is famous for its beautiful architecture. The construction of Iga Ueno Castle began in 1585 under the instruction of Takigawa Katsutoshi, the vassal of Oda Nobunaga. However, he fell from power, and Tsutsui Sadatsugu, the adopted son of the feudal lord of the Yamato Province and his successor, Tōdō Takatora, continued the construction of this castle.

Tōdō Takatora built 30m (98.4ft) high walls to surround the inner citadel (honmaru) of the castle. The highest tower in the castle complex (tenshu) was destroyed by a strong wind in 1612. In 1935, a local resident sponsored the castle reconstruction using the wood material to preserve its natural beauty.

Some sections of Akira Kurosawa’s award winning movie, Kagemusha was filmed at Iga Ueno Castle, and the castle is considered as a National Historic Site in Ueno Park. Although most parts of the castle are in ruin, the towering honmaru walls still stand. Tourists can visit a museum that houses a collection of artefacts related to the local history, as well as the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum at the edge of Ueno Park, which contains information about the history of ninja and a model ninja village.

Iga-ryu Ninja Museum

Iga-ryu Ninja Museum

Ninja weaponry

Ninja weaponry

Iga Ueno Castle
Address: 106 Iga-Ueno Marunouchi, Iga, Mie Prefecture 518-0873, Japan
Phone: +81 595-21-3148
Entrance fee: ¥500 (castle only) and ¥1,500 (castle, Iga-ryu Ninja Museum, and Danjiri Museum)
Opening hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (last admission at 4:45 PM)

Iga-ryu Ninja Museum
Address: 117-13-1 Ueno Marunouchi, Iga, Mie Prefecture 518-0873, Japan
Phone: +81 595-23-0311
Website: http://www.iganinja.jp/?page_id=837
Entrance fee:

Category Entrance Fee
Adult older than 16 years old ¥432
Children ¥216
Persons with disabilities N/ A

Opening hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (last admission at 4:30 PM)

 

How to Get There

Visitors can ride on the Kintetsu Iga line and stop at Kintetsu Ueno-Shi Station, the nearest station to Ueno Park. Visitors can also travel here by train from many parts of Japan. It is about two hours from Nagoya and Kyoto, and 90 minutes from Osaka. Transferring from other railway lines to Kintetsu Iga line may be necessary depending on your point of origin.

If you choose to travel by bus, you can use long distance bus services from Osaka (90 minutes), Nagoya Meitetsu Bus Station (90 minutes), or Tokyo (8 hours).

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Iga Ueno Castle. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Route-Inn Grantia Iga Ueno Wakuranoyado
Address: 1-131 Ueno-Marunouchi, Iga Mie Prefecture 518-0873, Japan
Phone: +81 595-26-1011
Website: http://www.hotel-grantia.co.jp/igaueno/

2. Aoyama Garden Resort Rosa Blanca
Address: 721 Terawaki, Iga, Mie Prefecture 518-0222, Japan
Phone: +81 595-52-5586
Website: http://hotel-rosablanca.com/english/

 

Hyogo Prefecture

 

8. Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is also known as Hakuro-jo or Shirasagi-jo (White Egret Castle or White Heron Castle) due to its brilliant white exterior that resembles a bird that is about to fly. The castle is also one of the first sites in Japan to be recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. In addition to that, five of the structures within the castle complex are considered as National Treasures.

Himeji Castle consists of 83 buildings, 32 earthen walls, 15 gates, 16 turrets, and 11 corridors with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. The first structure of the castle was built in 1333 when Akamatsu Norimura (1277 – 1350 CE), a Japanese Samurai, built a fort on Himeyama Hill. A decade later, the fort was rebuilt as Himeyama Castle, and then remodelled as Himeji Castle two centuries later. In 1581 CE, Toyotomi Hideyoshi significantly remodelled the castle by adding a three-story castle tower.

Himeji Castle interior

Himeji Castle interior

Throughout its history, the castle has changed hands several times. Symbols of various feudal aristocratic families were installed throughout the castles as evidence that they had lived in the castle. The castle also survived extensive bombing during World War II and several natural disasters, such as the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995. Himeji Castle underwent 5 ½ years of restoration work, and was reopened for public viewing on March 27, 2015.

Visitors to the castle can observe various feudal Japanese defence systems such as the approximately 1,000 circle, triangle, square, and rectangle loopholes that allowed archers or foot soldiers to fire tanegashima, a Japanese matchlock or firearm.

The winding path that connects the different areas of the castle.

The winding path that connects the different areas of the castle.

Another defence system were the outer, central, and inner moats that protected the castle complex. Only parts of the central and inner moats still remain. The moats have an average width of 20m (66ft) with a maximum width of 34.5m (113ft), and the depth of 2.7m (8.9ft).

A third defence system were the mazes leading to the castle’s tower that were designed to confuse the castle’s enemies. The gates, outer walls, and baileys were constructed to confuse the opponent forces and cause them to travel in a spiral pattern. At one time, there were 84 gates, but at present, only 21 gates remain. In some places, the passages were purposely made steep and narrow so intruders could be spotted and fired upon while threading their way to the inner part of the castle complex.

Just like many other old structures, Himeji Castle is associated with ghost stories, such as the Legend of Okiku’s Well. According to the legend, an employee of the castle, Okiku, was falsely accused of losing valuable dishes. As a result, she was killed and thrown into the well. It is said that her ghost continues to haunt the well to this day and could be heard to count dishes.

Himeji Castle is also a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.

Himeji Castle is one of the popular cherry blossom viewing spot in Japan.

Himeji Castle is also a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.

Address: 68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture 670-0012, Japan
Phone: +81 79-285-1146
Website: http://www.himejicastle.jp/en/
Entrance fee:

  • ¥1000 (castle only)
  • ¥1040 (castle and the nearby Koko-en Garden)

Opening hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (last admission at 5:00 PM)

 

How to Get There

The closest station to Himeji Castle is Himeji Station. From the station, Himeji Castle can be reached by either a 15-20 minute walk on foot, a five minute bus ride, or by taxi.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Himeji Castle. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Dormy Inn Himeji Natural Hot Spring
Address: 160-2 Toyozawacho, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture 670-0964, Japan
Phone: +81 79-286-5489

2. Engakudo
Address: 8-2 Yanagi-cho, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture 670-0927, Japan
Phone: +81 90-9717-6763
Website: http://www.engakudou.com/english.html

 

9. Koko-en Garden

Koko-en Garden

Koko-en Garden

Koko-en Garden was built on the former residence of a feudal lord, Nishi-Oyashiki to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Himeji municipality in 1992. The Koko-en Garden complex covers approximately 3.5 hectares, and consists of nine different gardens of various sizes and styles from the Edo Period, such as a tea garden where visitors can enjoy Japanese green tea in a Sojyu-an (Tea Ceremony Room) designed by the Ura School’s tea master, a pine tree garden, a bamboo garden, a flower garden, and the garden of the lord’s residence, which features a waterfall with a pond. The gardens are accessible by wheelchair.

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Address: 68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture 670-0012, Japan
Phone: +81 79-285-1146
Website: himeji-kanko.jp/en
Entrance fee:

  • ¥300 (garden only)
  • ¥1040 (garden and Himeji Castle)

Opening hours:

Period Opening Hours
April 27 – August 31 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Other Period 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

How to Get There

Koko-en Garden is located next to the Himeji Castle complex. It is a short walk away from the castle’s Otemon Gate. From Himeji Station, Himeji Castle can be reached by either a 20-minute walk, five minutes by bus, or by taxi.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Koko-en Garden. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Dormy Inn Himeji Natural Hot Spring
Address: 160-2 Toyozawacho, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture 670-0964, Japan
Phone: +81 79-286-5489

2. Engakudo
Address: 8-2 Yanagi-cho, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture 670-0927, Japan
Phone: +81 90-9717-6763
Website: http://www.engakudou.com/english.html

 

10. Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen is one of the oldest hot springs in Kita-Ku, Kobe, Japan. According to records, this hot spring has been in existence for over 1,300 years. The first mention of Arima Onsen was in a record from 631 CE, when Emperor Jomei (r. 629 – 641 CE) visited the hot spring. Due to this high profile visit, Arima Onsen was known as the royal onsen (royal hot spring).

Arima Onsen is perfect for those who like to enjoy natural surroundings. Some of the historical figures that have visited and admired the hot springs are the Japanese warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and the charismatic 7th century Buddhist monk, Ninsai. Arima Onsen consists of two types of springs:

  • The Kinsen or gold spring that produces yellow-brown water, due to its salt and iron content. This water is known to have the qualities that cure arthritis and neuralgia. Women like to bathe in this hot spring in order to keep their skin moisturised, and prevent their limbs from cold.
  • The Ginsen or silver spring that produces colourless water, which contains carbonate and radium. Ginsen is known to improve health, boost metabolism, blood circulation, and the immune system, promoting cell activation, eliminate illnesses such as edema and lactic waste, and relieving muscle aches.
Kinsen or gold spring

Kinsen or gold spring

Ginsen or silver spring

Ginsen or silver spring

After the Kobe Port opened about 150 years ago, the popularity of Arima Onsen spread amongst foreigners. It is now considered as one of the most reputable ancient hot springs in Japan.

Prior to the Meiji era, kinsen was the only source of hot springs in Arima Onsen. After World War II, excavations to boost tourism led to the discovery of seven types of hot spring sources, or ‘sengen’ in the Japanese language: Tansan Sengen, Gosho Sengen, Uwanari Sengen, Tenjin Sengen, Gokuraku Sengen, 1st Ariake Sengen, and 2nd Ariake Sengen.

Arima is also known as the place where the first Japanese cider was made, known as Arima Cider. In addition, a Japanese scientist, Ogata Koreyoshi, found that rice crackers made from the carbonated water had health benefits, and the carbonated rice crackers are known as Arima Tansansenbei. Today, Arima Tansansenbei and Arima Cider are recognised as Arima souvenirs.

Visitors to Arima Onsen can also visit beautiful shrines and temples, and a hot spring museum around the area.

Arima Cider (left) and carbonated rice crackers (right)

Arima Cider (left) and carbonated rice crackers (right)

For further inquiry, please contact:

Arima Hot Springs Tourism Association
Address: 790-3 Arima-cho Kita-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 651-1401, Japan
Phone: +81 78 904 0708
Website: http://visit.arima-onsen.com

 

How to Get There

The closest station is Arima Onsen Station, which can be reached via the Arima Line train. Arima Onsen Station is a 30 – 40 minute train ride from Sannomiya Station or Shin Kobe Station. Alternatively, you can choose to take a 35 – 50 minute bus ride from Kobe, or a 60-minute bus ride from Osaka. Visitors can also take a cable car ride via Mount Rokko.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Arima Onsen. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Arima Onsen Tosen Goshobo
Address: 858 Arima-cho Kita-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 651-1401, Japan
Phone: +81 78-904-0551
Website: http://goshoboh.com/en/

2. Arima Hot Spring Ryokan Hanamusubi
Address: 351 Arimacho Kita Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 651-1401, Japan
Phone: +81 78-904-0166
Website: http://www.hanamusubi.co.jp/en/

 

11. Takeda Castle Ruins

Takeda Castle ruins

Takeda Castle ruins

The Takeda Castle ruin is located in Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture. The Takeda Castle ruins are also known as Japan’s Manchu Picchu, or a castle that floats in the sky because in the early autumn morning, the ruins appear to be floating on a sea of clouds. These ruins are located 353m (1,158.1ft) above sea level. Visitors can enjoy the mystical mountain atmosphere from the ruin site.

If you come early in the morning, between 6:00 – 6:30 am between the month of September and November, you may be able to enjoy the sea of clouds from the ruin site, they appears on an average of one out of every three mornings.

Takeda Castle was originally built in 1411 CE. The castle was abandoned after the battle of Sekigahara in 1600, where the castle forces had to fight with the Tokugawa clan. The castle ruins were restored between the 1970s and 1980s, and it was opened as a tourist site. Since its restoration, the castle has been featured in many movies and commercials.

The most popular viewing spot is from Ritsuunkyo. Visitors can park in Ritsuunkyo parking lot and walk along the trail. There are several observation decks along its course. The best spots are viewpoints 1 and 2, which are a 30 – 40 minute climb up the trail.

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Address: 169 Wadayamacho Takeda, Asago, Hyogo Prefecture 669-5252, Japan
Phone: +81 79-672-4003
Entrance fee: ¥500
Opening hours:

Period Opening Hours
March – May 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
June – August 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
September – November 4:00 AM – 5:00 PM
December – January 3 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
January 4 – February Closed

 

How to Get There

Takeda Castle is located between the Sea of Japan and Seto Inland Sea. The closest station to the ruin site is Takeda Station. It can be reached from Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo using the Sanyo/Tokaido bullet train and transfer to JR Bantan Line.

From Takeda Station, visitors can choose to reach the castle site on foot using the steep nature trails from the back of the station. The ascent to the castle site can take about 40 minutes. Caution should be applied, especially after rain, as the trail can be slippery.

If a bus ride is preferable, visitors can choose to ride on the Tenku Bus that operates from March to November from Takeda Station and the Takedajo-seki bus stop. Visitors can then walk for about 20 minutes to the castle entrance.

A taxi ride from Takeda station to Takeda Castle will take about 15 minutes. If you opt to visit the castle by car, there are multiple free parking lots around the town. You can ride on Tenku Bus from Yamajiro No Sato parking lot to the trailhead to Takeda Castle. The two parking lots near the trailhead are usually closed to regular cars.

 

Accommodation

There are few accommodations near Takeda Castle ruins. Below is a suggestion based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Takeda Castle Hotel En
Address: West 363 Takeda Kamimachi Wadayama-cho, Asago Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Phone: +81 796 74 0501

 

Wakayama Prefecture

 

12. Koya Town

UNESCO’s Koyasan the World Heritage Guide Map - click to enlarge

UNESCO’s Koyasan the World Heritage Guide Map – click to enlarge

Monk Kukai or posthumously known as Kobo Daishi (774 – 835 CE)

Monk Kukai or posthumously known as Kobo Daishi (774 – 835 CE)

Koya Town is located on the plateau of Mount Koya in the Ito District. Mount Koya is the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism, and home to over 100 monasteries and temples. Many Buddhist pilgrims and visitors consider Mount Koya as a magical and sacred destination.

In 819 CE, the famous Monk Kukai, posthumously known as Kobo Daishi (774 – 835), the founder of Shingon sect of Buddhism, established Mount Koya as the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism. The opening of Mount Koya as a place of retreat from worldly affairs was marked by a seven-day ritual. Due to financial difficulties, the project was only realised after his death in 835 CE. Today, Mount Koya is considered to be one of the holiest Buddhist places in Japan. Mount Koya can be conveniently accessed from Kyoto or Osaka. It is a good place to visit for Buddhist pilgrims and those interested in history, Buddhism, nature, and traditional culture. In addition to enjoying the serenity of the place, visitors can visit the following places on Mount Koya:

  • Okunoin Cemetery contains the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, and the beautiful Torodo Hall that consists of 10,000 eternally lit lanterns
  • Kongobuji Temple is the headquarters of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism, where inside you can see the story of Kobo Daishi’s journey to China and the establishment of Mount Koya
  • Banryutei Rock Garden is the largest rock garden in Japan, and depicts the image of a pair of dragons emerging from a sea of clouds
  • Danjo Garan is considered to be one of the most sacred sites on Mount Koya, and consists of twenty structures, including Kondo Hall and Konpon Daito Pagoda, where the most important Buddhist ceremonies are performed
  • Reihokan Museum, which houses many cultural and religious treasures of Mount Koya
Okunoin Cemetery

Okunoin Cemetery

Kongobuji Temple

Kongobuji Temple

Banryutei Rock Garden

Banryutei Rock Garden

Saito (Western Stupa) at Danjo Garan Temple on Mount Koya

Saito (Western Stupa) at Danjo Garan Temple on Mount Koya

Reihokan Museum

Reihokan Museum

Visitors to Mount Koya can experience a simple monk lifestyle by staying overnight at one of the temples on Mount Koya, attending morning prayer services, and eating vegetarian food. Over 50 temples offer this service to guests and pilgrims.

For those who are more adventurous and like challenging activities, you can follow the Kohechi trekking route, which is a 70km (43.5mi) trekking route through the mountains to reach Mount Koya. The Kohechi route is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route. If a shorter hike is preferable, you can use the Koyasan Choishi Michi Trail, which is about 23.5km (14.6mi) or 9.5km (5.9mi) depending on the point of origin.

Pilgrims paying homage in front of Kobo Daishi Mausoleum

Pilgrims paying homage in front of Kobo Daishi Mausoleum

For further inquiry, please contact:

Koyasan Tourist Association Central Office
Address: 600 Koyasan, Koya, Ito District, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0211, Japan
Phone: +81 736 56 2616
Website: http://shukubo.net
Entrance fee: N/ A

 

How to Get There

The closest train station to Mount Koya is Gokurakubashi Station. At Gokurakubashi Station, you can transfer to a cable car that travels up to Mount Koya. Then, take a 10-minute bus ride from the top station to the centre of Koya town.

Okunoin Cemetery is located about 10-minute bus ride from the centre of Koya town where most of the temples are located.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations in Koya Town. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Koyasan Onsen Fukuchiin
Address: 657 Koyasan, Koyasan, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0211, Japan
Phone: +81 736-56-2021

2. Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in Temple
Address: 497 Koyasan, Koyasan, Wakayama Prefecture 648-0211, Japan
Phone: +81 736-56-2514
Website: http://www.ekoin.jp/en/

 

13. Hashigui-iwa Rock

Hashigui-iwa Rock

Hashigui-iwa Rock

Hashigui-iwa Rock is a series of rocks around the coast of Oshima. Hashi means ‘bridge’ and Gui means ‘pillar’ in Japanese. According to legends, the rocks were placed by the famous monk Kobo Daishi.

Many centuries ago, the residents of Oshima and Kushimoto were trying to make a bridge that connected the coast of Oshima and Kushimoto. However, the sea monster Amanojaku, appeared from the sea to destroy the bridge. One day when the monk Kobo Daishi passed through the area, the local residents requested him to talk to Amanojaku to let them build the bridge.

Kobo Daishi then met with Amanojaku and asked him to let the people build the bridge. The monster gave made him a deal. If Kobo Daishi could make the bridge by himself without anybody’s help, the monster promised not to break it. The monster then gave Kobo Daishi the strength of 100 horses, but only one day and one night to complete the task, by the time the early hen cried.

In accordance with his promise, the next day, Kobo Daishi got up early, and Amanojaku gave him the strength of 100 horses. Kobo Daishi then proceeded to build the bridge, first by collecting big rocks and placing them in the sea as pillars. Amanojaku, who was convinced that Kobo Daishi would not be able to complete the bridge, was surprised at his speed, and he started to feel worried.

As his anxiety grew, Amanojaku decided to fake the voice of a hen. Kobo Daishi who did not realise that Amanojaku tried to cheat him, stopped working as promised. Therefore, to this day the Hashigui-Iwa rocks only reached the middle of the sea.

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For further inquiry, please contact:

Kushimoto Town Tourism Association
Address: Hashigui, Kushimoto Town, Wakayama Prefecture 649-3500, Japan
Phone: +81 735 62 3171
Website: http://www.kankou-kushimoto.jp/english/sub01.html
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: open all the time

 

How to Get There

The closest train station to Hashigui-iwa Rocks is Kushimoto Train Station, which can be reached using either local trains or express trains on the JR Kisei Line. Community buses provide access from Kushimoto Station to Hashigui-iwa Rocks.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Hashigui-iwa Rock. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Kushimoto Royal Hotel
Address: 1184-10 Sangodai, Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture 649-3510, Japan
Phone: +81 735-62-7771
Website: http://www.daiwaresort.jp.e.zr.hp.transer.com/kushimoto/

2. Fukurou
Address: 826-1 Shionomisaki, Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture 649-3502, Japan
Phone: +81 73-423-4126

 

14. Shionomisaki Lighthouse

Shionomisaki Lighthouse

Shionomisaki Lighthouse

The Shionomisaki Lighthouse was designed by Richard Henry Brunton, who was known as the ‘Father of Japanese Lighthouses’. He was employed as a foreign advisor to the Meiji government to primarily to build lighthouses. Shionomisaki Lighthouse was lit for the first time on September 15, 1873.

Visitors to this historical lighthouse can also visit the museum inside, which contains information about the local history and the lighthouse. Visitors can also climb to the top of the lighthouse.

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Address: 28 Shionomisaki, Kushimoto, Higashimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture 649-3502, Japan
Phone: +81 735-62-0141
Website:
Entrance fee:

  • Adult: ¥300
  • Children: ¥100

Opening hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

 

How to Get There

The closest train station to Shionomisaki Lighthouse is Kushimoto train station, which can be reached using either local trains or express trains on JR Kisei Line. Community buses provide access from Kushimoto Station to Shionomisaki Lighthouse.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Shionomisaki Lighthouse. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Kushimoto Royal Hotel
Address: 1184-10 Sangodai, Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture 649-3510, Japan
Phone: +81 735-62-7771
Website: http://www.daiwaresort.jp.e.zr.hp.transer.com/kushimoto/

2. Fukurou
Address: 826-1 Shionomisaki, Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture 649-3502, Japan
Phone: +81 73-423-4126

 

Shiga Prefecture

 

15. Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle

Hikone Castle is considered as a National Treasure by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture. It is also known as the Water Castle since it stands beside Lake Biwa, where the castle waterways were used to transport goods to town. In 1603, Li Naokatsu (1590 – 1662 CE), a Japanese aristocrat, ordered the construction of Hikone Castle. Many parts of this castle were originally parts of other castles. For example, the tower was part of Otsu Castle, and the other parts of the castle originated from Nagahama Castle. The castle construction was completed in 1622.

In 1868, the emperor instructed that Hikone Castle was to be kept intact although many other castles were to be dismantled during that period. Today, Hikone Castle is one of the oldest original castle structures in Japan. Several parts of the castle were considered as National Cultural Assets, including the Stable (Umaya), Balance Scale Turret (Tenbin Yagura), Drum Gate Turret (Taikomon Yagura), and West Bailey Three-story Turret (Nishinomaru Sanju Yagura).

Reconstructed palace buildings in Hikone Castle Museum

Reconstructed palace buildings in Hikone Castle complex

Three different types of gables are incorporated into the castle keeps exterior

Three different types of gables are incorporated into the castle keep’s exterior

Hikone Castle
Address: 1-1 Konki-cho, Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Phone: +81 749 22 2742
Website: http://www.hikoneshi.com/en/castle/
Entrance fee:

  • Castle and garden: ¥600
  • Castle, garden, and museum: ¥1,000

Opening hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Hikone Castle Museum

Entrance fee: ¥500 (museum only)
Opening hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (last admission at 4:30 PM)

 

How to Get There

Visitors can take the train and get off at Hikone Station on the JR Tokaido Main Line. The castle is located at about a 15-minute walk from the station.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Hikone Castle. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Hikone Castle Resort & Spa
Address: 1-8 Sawa-cho, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0075, Japan
Phone: +81 749-21-2001

2. Honmachi Juku
Address: 3-3-55 Honmachi, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0064, Japan
Phone: +81 749 30 9932

 

16. Lake Biwa

Lake Biwa

Lake Biwa

Lake Biwa is believed to have been formed approximately 4 million years ago, and is considered as one of the oldest lakes in the world. The Agency of Cultural Affairs designated Lake Biwa as a Japanese Heritage in 2015. Lake Biwa covers 416 square km (259 square mi), and is the largest lake in Japan. It is relied on as a water supply for 14 million people, and is home to over 595 animal species and approximately 490 plant species.

Some of these species, like the freshwater pearl mussel, are not found anywhere else in the world, and preservation of scenery around Lake Biwa is an on-going concern. The Japanese government considers the lake as Important Cultural Property, and Lake Biwa is also a wetland protected by the Ramsar Convention. Other than enjoying the beautiful scenery of Lake Biwa, visitors can do the following activities:

  • Ride a boat on the Omi Hachiman Waterway and enjoy the beautiful scenery
  • Visit the Lake Biwa Museum and learn about the nature and culture of Lake Biwa
  • Cruise around Lake Biwa, operated by Biwako Kisen, with a point of origination in Otsu Port
Omi Hachiman Waterway

Omi Hachiman Waterway

Omi Hachiman Waterway

Omi Hachiman Waterway

Lake Biwa Museum

Lake Biwa Museum

Waterways of Omi-Hachiman

For further inquiry please contact Omihachiman Tourism Association:
Address: Inside Omi-Hachiman City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Phone: +81 748 32 7003
Website: http://www.omi8.com/annai/around_hachiman.html
Lake Biwa Museum

Address: 1091 Oroshimocho, Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture 525-0001, Japan
Phone: +81 77 568 4811
Website: http://www.lbm.go.jp/english/
Entrance fee:

Category Individual Group (20 or more individuals)
Adult ¥750 ¥600
University/ High School Students ¥400 ¥320
Elementary/ Junior High School Students Free Free
Residents of Shiga Prefecture 65 years old or older Free Free
Persons with disabilities Free Free

Opening hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

 

How to Get There

To visit Omi-Hachiman Waterway, you can get off the train at Omi-Hachiman Station on JR Biwako Line, and take a 10-minute bus ride to your destination. To visit the museum, you can take the JR Biwako Line and get off at Kusatsu Station. From the station, you can take a bus with the destination sign to Lake Biwa Museum or Biwako Museum (Biwako-haku-butsu-kan). Another option is to take a 20-minute taxi ride from Kusatsu Station.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Lake Biwa. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Hikone Castle Resort & Spa
Address: 1-8 Sawa-cho, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0075, Japan
Phone: +81 749-21-2001

2. Honmachi Juku
Address: 3-3-55 Honmachi, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0064, Japan
Phone: +81 749 30 9932

 

17. Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)

Mii-dera Temple

Mii-dera Temple

Mii-dera Temple, originally known as Onjo-Ji Temple, was established in 764 CE. It is the headquarters of the Jimon sect of Tendai Buddhism, and is the 14th place on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage Map. The temple complex consists of numerous buildings, including Kondo. Kondo is considered as a national treasure, and its main deity image is Miroku-Bosatsu, a Bodhisattva that would appear in the future as Buddha’s successor.

The famous bell of Mii-dera Temple

The famous bell of Mii-dera Temple

Mii-dera Temple was designated as a Japan Heritage Site, and it houses over 100 important cultural properties and national treasures, including the Nio-mon Gate, a gate that contains the image of Deva kings on both sides, the three-storied pagoda Issaikyozo, a scripture house, and Akaiya Spring.

Throughout its history, Mii-dera Temple has survived many disasters, such as fire, wars, and conflicts with another temple, Enryakuji. Visitors can see images that depict these conflicts on a stone wall in front of the Niomon Gate.

The sound of the bell of the Mii-dera temple has been admired for its beauty in various pieces of literature. The bell was offered to the temple in the Nara period. There is a famous story about the bell called ‘Benkei and the Bell He Dragged Along’. A long time ago, Benkei, a warrior monk, stole the bell of Mii-dera Temple which he dragged to Hieizan Mountain. However, when he was about to destroy the bell, the bell started to make a sound that sounded like “take me back”. Benkei was scared and threw the bell down into the valley.

The 1,500 cherry trees within the Mii-dera Temple complex has made the temple complex a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.

Mii-dera Temple is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot

Mii-dera Temple is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot

Mii-dera Temple Pagoda

Mii-dera Temple Pagoda

The courtyard of Mii-dera Temple

The courtyard of Mii-dera Temple

Address: 246 Onjoji-cho, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Phone: +81 77 522 2238
Website: http://www.shiga-miidera.or.jp/translation/eng.html
Entrance fee: ¥600

  • Adult: ¥600
  • Primary school – high school students: ¥300
  • Younger than primary school students: ¥200

Opening hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

How to Get There

To visit Mii-dera Temple, visitors can take a train and get off at Midera Station, where the temple is about a 10-minute walk from. Alternatively, you can take a 15-minute bus ride from JR Otsu Station and then take a 5-minute walk to the temple.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Mii-dera Temple. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Hikone Castle Resort & Spa
Address: 1-8 Sawa-cho, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0075, Japan
Phone: +81 749-21-2001

2. Honmachi Juku
Address: 3-3-55 Honmachi, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0064, Japan
Phone: +81 749 30 9932

 

18. Koka Ninja Village

Koka Ninja Village

Koka Ninja Village

The Koka Ninja Village is one of the city’s main attractions. The village features a collection of old houses in the Suzuka Sanroku Forest. The village staff give regular demonstrations about the various hidden compartments and trapdoor functions in one of the houses. Visitors can try various devices used by ninja such as throwing a shuriken (throwing star) in the shuriken practice hall, walking on water, or scale walls. Other attractions in Koka Ninja Village include:

  • Koka Ninja Museum – a museum at the village that contains information about tools, weapons, and ninja secret books (Bansenshukan) that have been used by Koka Ninja in the past
  • Shinobi-jinja Shrine – a shrine dedicated to a nameless ninja
  • Karakuri Ninja Mansion – The home of real ninjas’ descendants, the Fujibayashi family, the mansion contains many devices and traps for intruders and ways to escape when necessary

Visitors can also rent ninja costumes in the village to get a fuller experience of Ninja lifestyle.

Koka Ninja Museum

Koka Ninja Museum

Karakuri Ninja Mansion

Karakuri Ninja Mansion

The entrance to a secret tunnel

The entrance to a secret tunnel

Address: 394 Kokacho Oki, Koka, Shiga Prefecture 520-3405, Japan
Phone: +81 748-88-5000
Entrance fee:

  • Adult: ¥1,030
  • Children: ¥610

Opening hours: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

How to Get There

To visit Koka Ninja Village, visitors can take a train and get off at Koka Station. Koka Ninja Village is about a 30-minute walk from the station. Visitors can also ride a free shuttle bus that is usually waiting at the north entrance of Koka Station to take visitors to Koka Ninja Village. If the bus is not there, you can call +81 748-88-5000 to request for a pickup. An alternative for visitors is to take a ten-minute taxi ride to the Ninja Village.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Koka Ninja Village. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Hikone Castle Resort & Spa
Address: 1-8 Sawa-cho, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0075, Japan
Phone: +81 749 21 2001

2. Honmachi Juku
Address: 3-3-55 Honmachi, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture 522-0064, Japan
Phone: +81 749 30 9932

 

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19. Maruoka Castle

Maruoka Castle

Maruoka Castle

In 1576, Shibata Katsutoyo (1556 – 1583 CE), a 16th century samurai commander, ordered the building of Maruoka Castle. According to legend, whenever an enemy approached the castle, a thick mist would come and hide the castle from view. Due to this legend, Maruoka Castle is also known as Kasumi-ga-jo (Mist Castle). In 1948, the Great Fukui Earthquake destroyed the castle, but since then it has been reconstructed using 80% of the original materials.

Today, Maruoka Castle is the stage of Koshiro Matsuri (Old Castle Festival) that is held annually every October. The castle complex is also a popular place to enjoy the cherry blossom festival, with 400 cherry blossom trees on the castle complex and autumn leaves. Visitors can also visit a small museum at the castle park that contains household items, arms, and armours that belonged to the former lords of the castle.

Maruoka Castle interior

Maruoka Castle interior

Kansai98

Address: 59 Kasumi-Cho, Icho-me, Maruoka-Cho, Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture 910-0231 Japan
Phone: +81 776 50 3152
Entrance fee: ¥300
Opening hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

 

How to Get There

Visitors can take a train and get off at either Fukui Station or Awara-Onsen Station, and then take a Keifuku bus to Maruoka Castle, which is a 5 to 10 minute walk from Honmaruoka bus stop. You can also choose to rent a car to visit the castle from Fukui Station, which is a 30-minute drive from the Station. There is a free parking spot next to the castle.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Maruoka Castle. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Centurion Hotel Villa Suite Fukui Ekimae
Address: 2-2-3 Hinode, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture 910-0859, Japan
Phone:+81 776 63 5835

2. Fukui Manten Hotel Ekimae
Address: 1-11-1 Chuo, Fukui, Fukui 910-0006, Japan
Phone: +81 776 20 0100

 

20. Echizen Daibutsu

Echizen Daibutsu

Echizen Daibutsu

Echizen Daibutsu compared to an ordinary human size

Echizen Daibutsu compared to an ordinary human size

Echizen Daibutsu is the tallest sitting Buddha statue in Japan at the height of 17m (55.8ft). Echizen Daibutsu is located in the Great Buddha Hall of Shindaiji Temple, in Katsuyama, Fukui. The great Buddha statue was built in 1987 through the sponsorship of a local businessman.

In addition to the four Buddha statues placed on both sides of Echizen Daibutsu, there are 1,281 smaller Buddha statues placed in the wall around the hall. Shindaiji Temple Complex also features a 75m five-story pagoda and a beautiful Japanese Garden.

Shindaiji Temple where Echizen Daibutsu is enshrined

Shindaiji Temple where Echizen Daibutsu is enshrined

Another picture of Shindaiji Temple

Another picture of Shindaiji Temple

Address: 50-1-1 Katase-cho, Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
Phone: +81 779 87 3300
Entrance fee:

  • Adult: ¥500
  • Minor under 18 years old: ¥300

Opening hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

How to Get There

Visitors can take a train and get off at Katsuyama Station. From the station, you can take a bus to the temple and stop at Jibasangyo Centre Mae.

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodations near Shindaiji Temple. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Centurion Hotel Villa Suite Fukui Ekimae
Address: 2-2-3 Hinode, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture 910-0859, Japan
Phone:+81 776 63 5835

2. Fukui Manten Hotel Ekimae
Address: 1-11-1 Chuo, Fukui, Fukui 910-0006, Japan
Phone: +81 776 20 0100

 

Travel Books on Kansai

Book Cover Description
Kansai103 1. Kansai Cool by Christal Whelan

This book sheds light on how the old and new cultures interact in Kansai through a collection of 25 essays that provide insights about how art, faith, science, and history influence the traditional and modern Japanese culture in Kansai.

Kansai104 2. The Rough Guide Snapshot to Kansai (includes Osaka, the Kumano Kodo, and Kobe)

An informative travel guide to the Kansai region, this book contains information and maps about the region’s worldly attractions, such as Osaka’s nightlife, the Arima Onsen, and the pilgrimage places such as Mount Koya. The book also contains practical information that any traveller would need to make the most out of their travel experience in the region, including survival guides on culture and etiquette.

 
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  1. Anne Ong on Oct 29, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    It’s always interesting to read and know more about Japan. The history, culture, tradition and foods are very interesting to read up for knowledge. I love Japanese food and their beautiful places. Some of the places and pictures beautiful are, 1. Osaka Castle (Osaka-jō), 15. Hikone Castle, Hyogo Prefecture, 18. Koka Ninja Village. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this beautiful and interesting post on Kansai, Japan.

  2. Cc on Sep 3, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Japan is a place that i will visit again and again and again. Love the culture, people , food and technology. They are dedicated and detail in very expect.One can just backpack and walk alone without worries. People there are very helpful.

  3. wan wai meng on Aug 17, 2017 at 12:46 am

    The Japanese has many art forms and so many are beautiful and attractive to the senses. The culture of the Japanese is such that they try their best to do to the best of their abilities, they make that extra effort that sets them apart from other cultures.

    The Japanese have much to be proud of on the world stage, due to their work ethics and their dedication to doing the best they can. in this sense the pride of the Japanese has served them very well.

  4. Samfoonheei on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Kansai is the undiscovered Japan whereby it the journey to the very top and the experience was definitely exciting and wonderful. The surrounding region is often considered as the historical and cultural heart of Japan. Within the Kansai area, lies the famous and popular tourists spots of beautiful ancient castles, temples, shrines and hot springs to name afew. One of the oldest lakes in the world which about 4 million years ago…..Lake Biwa is also another place to offer to locals and touriest.There is a varities of good foods too for all .
    Its a UNESCO World Heritage sites with a a unique and long beautiful history.I love to visit some day such a beautiful place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful informative article for us to travel more easier.

  5. CindyH on Aug 10, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you for such a well-researched and informative piece about the Kansai region. After reading this latest installment and also the other travel related articles from this blog for some time now, (apart from the delights from the rather extensive information which are definitely useful for trip planning), it is still amazing and interesting to be presented with reflections of how universally appealing and versatile Buddhism is.

    When Buddhism “enters” a country or a culture, it acquires another style of Buddhism and yet retaining the core and essence of Buddha’s enlightened teachings. The explanations, expressions and representations of Buddha and His teachings may differ from one country or culture to another but what Dharma stands for remains universally consistent and relevant. Bottom line is, regardless of the differences, people generally can, at the very least appreciate or relate to the universal values emphasised in Dharma.

    In a way, I suppose its “typical” of Buddhism. After all, it is the nature, if not the goal, for the teachings be assimilated into one’s manner of thinking, beliefs and also way of life. Buddhism is not fixated in maintaining its “identity” but places more importance towards its application in one’s life. Thus, as long as it does not deviate from Buddha’s core teachings, Buddhism has no issues or qualms in accommodating the psychology and social cultures of the relevant society it seeks to reach out to for their benefit. Another reminder of how blessed I am to currently encounter and have Dharma in my life.

  6. Fong on Aug 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Sounds like another interesting destination. Japan is a very fascinating place with its unique and fine culture. Even the food is fine and beautifully presented, a matter of feeding the senses as well as the body.

    Reading this article makes one wish to visit Kansai.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 12:13 PM
    It is very interesting that the haunting at The New Inn is quite serious that people who were present at the moment witnessed paranormal sights. Unseen beings are part of almost every culture known on earth, being more feared in some than others. Therefore, it is amazing to see that people in the UK are not that fearsome of the unseen, as most of the people in the eastern culture don’t view the unseen beings as amusing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ghosts-in-the-pub.html#comment-771016
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 11:54 AM
    Thank you for this wonderful sharing of vegetarian steamboat. Coupled with spicy soup or herbal soup and be enhanced by the varieties of sauces, steamboat is a mouthwatering experience and a favourite meal choice to many food connoisseurs.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/what-is-a-steamboat.html#comment-771018
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 11:34 AM
    The burning times showed a single-minded and uncompromising campaign against a group of people labelled as witches, who are classified as having unacceptable views or behaviour, possess the ability of witchcraft. The “witches” or anyone found or believed to be witches will be subjected to unfair or malicious persecution. It is proof that humans are truly capable of such injustice and blasphemous judgement, playing God all the time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-burning-times.html#comment-770973
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 11:09 AM
    Master Xuyun’s life story is inspiring for he dedicate his whole life for Dharma, through “preaching the Dharma and Buddhist code of conduct, restoring monasteries and temples and holy sites, he had successfully revitalised the Chinese Buddhist teachings, especially the Chan teachings.” Thank you for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 10:45 AM
    Steamboat or hot pot is a Chinese soup containing a variety of Asian foodstuffs and ingredients of mixed vegetables which we could choose . While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Hot pot is my favourite as it’s a healthy cooking of mixed vegetables of our choice , and a varieties of other food stuffs like deep fried bean curd skin or fu chok, fresh mushrooms and so forth depending whether one is a vegetarian or non vegetarian. There are plenty of soup choices which we can choose and will make every steamboat meal different that suits one tastes. Having hot pot with family and friends is a good way to foster relationship

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/what-is-a-steamboat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 10:44 AM
    Lin Dai was a well-known Mandarin star actress of the Shaw Brothers Studio who was one of my favourites many years ago .She has acted more than 40 movies. I do enjoyed watching her movies that was only black and white those days . Amazing she could play a heroine role in classical Chinese beauty and the modern career woman. The film Shaw Brothers world lost a talented actress when Lin Dai committed suicide in 1964. Lin Dai won a number of awards been the Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Film Festival.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/superstar-linda-lin-dai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 21. 2018 10:43 AM
    Cultures all around the world believe in spirits that survive death to live in another realm. Ghosts are among the most widely believed of paranormal phenomenon. I do believe they do exist . Paranormal investigators has provided scientific proof that ghosts really exist in a number of cases. Interesting…….they has collected a great deal of evidence over the past decade. Through recorded CCTV as well as the eye witness accounts which are very convincing to be true.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the interesting videos.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ghosts-in-the-pub.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 04:16 PM


    It is indeed rare to see fish giving so much reaction and connect to human. I have the opportunity to visit the pond in Kechara Forest Retreat late last year and there were many Koi fishes . I understand that some of the fishes were rescued from fish store. The fishes swam freely and rejoice that they are always able to circumabulate Dream Manjushri statue in the middle of the pond. Thank you Rinpoche for showing us that we must always be kind and care for animals not only in this life but also for their future life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dorje.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 04:04 PM
    It is an interesting article about Jesus being a vegetarian and so many evidence to support this findings. No matter what religion we are, if we want to promote love, care, compassion and equality, we should support vegetarianism. How can eating meat promote all the good values mentioned since we are already discriminating animals who are to serve human. And needless to say all killings create pains and suffering to all beings. Hope more people realise that vegetarianism is the best method to practise compassion and love.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-vegetarian-jesus.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 03:39 PM
    How generous and compassion of this lady. No matter how little we have we can still share. Thank you Wendy for sharing this picture and it reminds me to give and love all beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/amazing-giving.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 12:40 PM
    Religion is the results of our practise. We choose a religion due to the blessings that led us on to the right path. The path is filled with Dharma that we apply in order for a complete turnabout of our attitude and the way we see things to happen. This would mean whatever that irks us, will no longer have an effect on us. The beauty of applying the Dharma and treating the Dharma as personal advice for us, help us to clear the irk worms that have been bred out of control before we meet the Dharma. These worms are vicious, vindictive, harmful, envious, arrogant, greedy, furious, ignorant, doubtful, and etc. that are bred by the negative thoughts, experiences and perceptions we had for as long as we live. The mind is so used to them to the point to believe that the (our) reality is pure negative.

    When we come to the Dharma, having given the knowledge and guidance by our compassionate and kind Guru who finds ways to help us with our transformation, to constantly give love and care while exposing our irk worms skilfully and creatively, we should be grateful and appreciative the kindness by transforming our mind. We might not like the methods the Guru use, but we can be assured that the motivation behind is of the purest and highest for our ultimate enlightenment. The Guru’s ‘job’ is to help us to liberate us from ourselves – the self that never existed but overwhelmingly coated with irk worms.

    When we have the blessings to meet the Dharma that is skillfully presented to us by our Guru, the moment we step into the Guru’s mandala, he or she is already paving the path for irk worms’ exposition in order for us to heal from our delusional mind. It is, therefore, our matter to deal with when we are irked. Instead of spending all energies into defending and justifying, we internalized the Dharma and cooperate with our Guru to cleanse the irk worms from our mind permanently.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/do-i-irk-you.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:14 AM
    Unbelievable facts ……..which I did not know till I read this post except every time you sneeze your heart stops a second and all babies are colour-blind when they are born. I read it from medical journal. Many of those facts are new and first time learning…..to name a few….. the lighter was invented before the match, in space, astronauts cannot cry because there is no gravity and hummingbirds are the only creatures that can fly backwards. Sound unbelievable and amazing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/20-unbelievable-general-facts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:12 AM
    Interesting…….any thing related to unseen being stories , historical sites and discoveries I always enjoyed reading and to know. Came across this post and I do enjoyed reading. The sea can be a haunted place, too. There have been dozens of ghost ships spotted floating around the sea could not imagined that. Vessel with no living crew aboard with things intact, and it may be a ghostly vessel and scary. Stories about ghost ships, vanishing into thin air or mysterious vessels found sailing the oceans with no one aboard.
    The mystery of the Arctic ghost ship Baychimo which abandoned 1914 cargo vessel and drifted for decades found after about 40 years ….really buffed me. All these mysterious ships are fantasized and fearsome . Some of these haunted ships continue to provoke speculation and fearful anticipation even till now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/10-ghost-ships.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 20. 2018 11:07 AM
    Wow ……beautiful poem by Maching Labdron.
    She was believed to be an Mind Stream emanation (tulku) of Yeshe Tsogyal, as well as “an emanation of the ‘Great Mother of Wisdom. She was well thought of as a Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini. Machig had been an Indian yogi in her previous life. Very inspiring and beautiful filled with wisdom, worthy words to remind us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/wisdom-from-an-old-lady.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 19. 2018 12:45 PM
    Poor Angel dog chained to the wall ………so inhuman and cruel to let the suffering dog to die in such a manner. Not only that Angie was abandoned in the first place and she was starve to death. Why can’ nt the former owner just leave Angie alone. Sad to see Angie condition, skinny and suffering in pain before dying.
    The authority concerned must stop this cruelty from happening and put a heavy fine if caught the culprit who did it. Do not hurt them , care and love them or at least put them in a home. Do hope more will people speak up against animal cruelty and bring awareness around.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/will-you-allow-this-to-happen.html

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\"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel.\" (Sakya liturgical verse).
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"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel." (Sakya liturgical verse).
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: \"For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to  any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat.  Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.\"
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In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
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At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
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Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
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Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
2 weeks ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
2 weeks ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
2 weeks ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
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This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
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Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
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Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
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Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people's religion.
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
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A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
2 months ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
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Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
2 months ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
2 months ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
2 months ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 months ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
2 months ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
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I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
3 months ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
3 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
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Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
3 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
3 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
3 months ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
3 months ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
3 months ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
3 months ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
3 months ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
3 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
3 months ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
3 months ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
3 months ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Paying hommage to Loma Gyoma in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. "As the emanation of Tara, Loma Gyonma is regarded as Lhamo Rithrodma, the 20th Tara as mentioned in the “Praise to the Twenty One Taras”. The praise to Lhamo Rithrodma states that her right eye emits blazing rays of light that burns away all the lords of diseases and epidemics." P. Antoinette - From the article Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyoma arrives to KFR! http://bit.ly/2FJyp0g
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Paying hommage to Loma Gyoma in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. "As the emanation of Tara, Loma Gyonma is regarded as Lhamo Rithrodma, the 20th Tara as mentioned in the “Praise to the Twenty One Taras”. The praise to Lhamo Rithrodma states that her right eye emits blazing rays of light that burns away all the lords of diseases and epidemics." P. Antoinette - From the article Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyoma arrives to KFR! http://bit.ly/2FJyp0g
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School start with prostration and prayers. By Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School start with prostration and prayers. By Jayce Goh,KSDS
Teacher Asyley in KSDS class age 2-4 - Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Teacher Asyley in KSDS class age 2-4 - Jayce Goh,KSDS
Student and teacher friendship, Teacher Grace and student Aaron , the 1st day KSDS orientation - Jayce Goh,KSDS
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Student and teacher friendship, Teacher Grace and student Aaron , the 1st day KSDS orientation - Jayce Goh,KSDS
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