Yokohama Chinatown is located in Yamashita-cho, Naka Ward, Yokohama City, Japan. The town has about 150 years of history and is the largest Chinatown in Japan. Yokohama Chinatown began at the same time as the port was opened to foreign trade in 1859. Many Chinese immigrants arrived in Japan and formed a settlement in Yokohama. The area was known as "Nanking Town."
Kumano Hayatama Taisha situated Mt Gongen-yama in the background. Halfway up the mountain, Kamikura-jinja is located. It is believed that the site of Kamikura-jinja where the shrine deity had descended from the heaven. A 800 year old Nagi-no-Ki tree (Podocarpus nagi) stands in this Grand Shrine’s precincts. It is the symbol of nature worship.
Takamatsuzuka Kofun is an ancient tomb in Asuka village, Takaichi District ,Nara prefecture, Japan. It is thought to have been built between the end of the 7th century and the beginning of the 8th century. This tomb of circular shape was accidentally discovered by a local farmer in 1970.
Chiryu jinja is a Shinto shrine located in Kanda, Nishimachi, Chiryu City, Aichi Prefecture. This shrine is the origin of the name of Chiryu City. According to the shrine legend , the origin shrine was built by Yamato Takeru in the era of Emperor Keiko. The Shrine used to be called Chiryu Dai Myojin. It was one of the important three shrines of Tokaido during the Edo Period.
Kappa are believed to inhabit the ponds and rivers of Japan . However, kappa are legendary creatures found in Japanese folklore They appeared as child-sized humanoids ,created as warnings to keep children from drowning. They have a shell on their back, a dish on their head, webbed hands and feet. Kappa can swim like fish.
Tanaka Shrine , tucked in a small forest, is entirely covered with Japanese wisteria. This plant was introduced in an academic conference by the naturalist Minakata Kumagusu who was born in Tanabe and became famous. The forest was designated a natural monument by the local government in 1956.)
Visitors can enjoy seeing the more than 3,000 hydrangea every year in Sanzen-in Temple in the rainy season. Sanzen-in Temple is located in Ohara-no-Sato in the northeastern outskirts of Kyoto City. The Ajisai Festival will be held around this time.
Most of the Kofun have a keyhole-shaped mound in Japan. The front of the mound of Nintoku-ryo consists of three layers, with a total length of about 486 meters , and the round rear part has a diameter of about 249 meters and a height of about 35 meters. The entire mound is surrounded by three moats. Nintoku-ryo is believed to date from the middle of the fifth century. Emperor Nintoku was the 16th emperor of Japan. He is considered to have reigned from 313- 399.
Kishi Station is famous for Tama the Station Cat. Kishi Station is a train station in Kinokawa Town, Wakayama Prefecture, along the Kishigawa Line of the Wakayama Electric Railway. Tama ,a female cat, was selected as station master by railway officials in 2007. Tama sit by the entrance of Kishi Station in a railway uniform cap and pose for photos for the tourists.
The Hisatsu Line is a railway line running for 124.2km between Yatsushiro station in Yatsushiro City of Kumamoto Prefecture and Hayato s tation in Kirishima City of Kagoshima Prefecture all within Kyusyu. The line passes through Kumamoto, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima prefectures. It is operated by the JR Kyushu. The major part of the line is in the mountainous Kirishima range.
Zoshigaya Cemetery is a public cemetery located in Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima District, Tokyo. The cemetery was founded by the Tokyo Prefecture’s government in 1874. It is famous for notables being buried. John Manjiro, Lafcadio Hearn, Natsume Soseki,Izumi Kyoka. Nagai Kafu and Tojo Hideki lie in this cemetery. Lafcadio Hearn is buried in plot 1-1-8-35 under his Japanese name, Koizumi Yakumo.
Nichinan Line operated by JR Kyushu is a railway line running for 88.9 km from Minami Miyazaki Station in Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture to Shibushi Station in Shibushi City, Kagoshima Prefecture. It has 28 stations including both terminals. The line is electrified between Minami Miyazaki and Tayoshi.
The Kumano Sanzan are the head shrines of all Kumano shrines throughout Japan. The Kumano Sanzan are connected by the pilgrimage route called Kumano-sankeimichi. No record gives the date of establishment of the shrine. The main deities are Kumanohayatama no Okami and Kumanofusumi no Okami.
Kumano Hayatama Taisha is a Shinto shrine located in Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture. It is one of the Kumano Sanzan along with Kumano Hongu Taisha and Kumano Nachi Tsaisha, and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range".
Fujiwara no Teika visited Kumano Sanzan with Ex-Emperor Go-Toba in 1201. He descried this shrine in his diary , the Kumano Gokouki. Saigyo also visited the place. Saigyo was a famous Japanese poet of the late Heian and early Kamakura period. In “Sanka Shu” by Saigyo、Yagami Oji appeared.
The Tarumi Line is a Japanese railway line running from Ogaki Station, Ogaki City to Tarumi Station, Motosu City all within Gifu Prefecture. The railway line is operated by Tarumi Railway. It runs for 34.5 km. It had a freight rail service for Sumitomo Osaka Cement, but the freight operation ceased in 2006. In 1984, the operation and possession was transferred from the Japan National Railways to the third sector Tarumi Railway. The railway line from Komi to Tarumi 10.9 km was extended by the Tarumi Railway in 1989.
Yagami jinja is a Shinto shrine located in Kamitonda-cho,Wakkayama Prefecture. The shrine was erected at the old site of Yagami Oji. The name of Yagami Oji appeared in the record Kumano Gokouki by Fujiwara no Teika in 1201. He was a Japanese poet, novelist and scholar of the late Heian and early Kamakura periods.
Shiba Koen is one of the oldest parks in Japan. The park was opened to the public in 1873 . It is located in Shiba koen 4-10-17, Minato-ku, Toyko. Shiba Koen is close to the Minato city offices, Zoujyoji Temple and Tokyo Tower.
Tanaka jnja is a Shinto shrine located in Oka, Kamitonda-cho, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture. The shrine is surrounded by rice fields and has a small forest that has been designated as a natural monument by Wakayama Prefecture. In 1906 the government imposed shrine consolidation regulations under which all shrines in a village or a town should be merged. Tanaka jnja was ordered to be abolished.
Ebaraji Temple is a Buddhist temple of Koyasan-Shingon sect located in Ebaraji-cho, Nishi-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture. In 704,the temple wad erected at the birthplace of Gyoki who was a famous monk in the Nara period. Gyoki is worshipped as the "bodhisattva of wisdom." The temple is a popular destination for students taking entrance exams. They write their prayers for good luck and success on their tests on the handkerchiefs and stick them on the main hall's walls and columns.
In 1889, the shrine was partially destroyed in a flood and so the remaining buildings were relocated at the present site. A huge flag drawn a black yatagarasu in a red circle stands at the entrance of the shrine. Yatagarasu, the three-legged crow, is a creature found in Japanese mythologies. It is the symbol of the Kumano area. The crow is believed in as a messenger of God in the area. The mythical crow appearing in the Japanese myth is regarded as a solar incarnation .
All of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage routes lead to this Grand Shrine, and a long stone stairway leads to the main buildings of the Kumano Hongu Taisha located on a ridge surrounded by giant cedar and cypress trees. The shrine was originally located on a sandbank at the confluence of the Kumano River and Otonashi River. The old shrime site is called Oyunohara at where the tallest torii in Japan stands.
Kumano Hongu Taisha is a Shinto shrine located in Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. The shrine is one of Kumano Sanzan along with Kumano Nachi Taisha and Kumano Hayatama Taisha. The main deity enshrined is Kumano Gongen. The annual spring festival will be held from 13th to 15th of April every year.
The Kumano Kodo are the ancient pilgrimage routes that cross the Kii Peninsula toward the sacred site Kumano Sanzan. The Kumano Sanzan consist of Kumano Hongū Taisha , Kumano Nachi Taisha and Kumano Hayatama Taisha.. These sacred trails were used for the pilgrimage from the Heian period. The Kumano Kodo and Kumano Sanzan were registered as UNESCO World Heritage on July 7, 2004 as the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range".
The Yosuien garden is a Japanese style garden located in Wakayama City. It was built by Tokugawa Harutomi in 1826 as an accompaniment to the Nishihama Goten palace residence. Harutomi was the 10th lord of the Kishu Tokugawa domain. The garden features a seawater pond within its 33,000 square meter grounds.
Hoonji is a Buddhist temple of Nichiren sect located in Fukiage,Wakayama City,Wakayama Prefecture. This temple was originally built in 1609 as Yogyoji. The first legal wife of Tokugawa Yorinobu , the first feudal lord of the Kishu-Tokugawa Domain was buried in the graveyard of this temple in 1666. The temple was founded by the monk Nichijun at the request of the second feudal lord Tokugawa Mitsusada, as Hoonji.
The Kumano Kodo is an ancient road of faith for the pilgrimages to visit the sacred site "Kumano Sanzan." The road consists of the Ise-ji of Mie Prefecture,the Nakahe-ji, the Ohe-ji and the Kohe-ji. The Ohe-ji route followed the coast around the Kii Peninsula. The Nakahe-ji route was the most popular route used by pilgrimages from Kyoto and the Kohe-ji ran from Mt. Koya in Nara Prefecture to Hongu via Totsukawa in Nara Prefecture.