Japanese Culture and History

Japan has a rich cultural history which can be explored almost everywhere you travel. The culture and history of Japan is woven into the fabric of each city, featuring art, music, fashion, architecture and history in abundance with castles, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.


Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kyoto

Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kyoto

The touristy but fascinating rural town of Arashiyama near Kyoto has a stunning bamboo forest and other attractions

Kyoto, Arashiyama bamboo forest, walks, temples


Visit Nijo castle in Kyoto for an amazing historic and cultural experience

Visit Nijo castle in Kyoto for an amazing historic and cultural experience

A beautiful Japanese castle with a palace and gardens, an essential part of any trip to Kyoto

Kyoto, castle, historic, Japanese gardens


Asakusa and Sensō-ji temple, Tokyo

Asakusa and Sensō-ji temple, Tokyo

A bustling market district - and all roads lead to the Sensō-ji Bhuddist temple

Tokyo, Market, Temple, Shops, Restaurants


Visit the Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kōtoku-in

Visit the Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kōtoku-in

Enjoy one of Japan's Buddhist national treasures in rural Kamakura, only an hour from Tokyo and the ideal day trip

Buddhism, Tokyo, nature, hiking, Giant Buddha


See Kamakura on a day trip from Tokyo and visit rural shrines and temples

See Kamakura on a day trip from Tokyo and visit rural shrines and temples

Get out of Tokyo and take in some fresh air on a trip out to Kamakura where you can see temples and a giant bronze Buddha

History, Countryside, Trains, Walks


Visit Miyajima and experience a stunning Shinto shrine set on a beautiful island

Visit Miyajima and experience a stunning Shinto shrine set on a beautiful island

The island of Itsukushima is better known as Miyajima, or Shrine Island and is a beautiful day trip from Hiroshima.

Hiroshima, Culture, Shinto Shrines, Hiking