Nagoya Castle

A Pictorial Tour of Nagoya Castle and Hommaru Palace

Posted on July 23, 2017

I spent one afternoon exploring Nagoya before I took the bus the next morning to Mt. Fuji. From Atsuta Shrine, I headed to Nagoya Castle, another important attraction in Japan’s third-largest incorporated city. I spent a few hours walking around the castle grounds, climbing up all 7 floors of the Main Donjon, and checking out the insides of the Hommaru Palace. After visiting a few of Kyoto’s temples and shrines (such as Kennin-ji and Kiyomizu-dera), seeing Nagoya Castle for theRead More

Atsuta Shrine, Nagoya: What to Expect to See

Posted on July 23, 2017

From my reading online, Atsuta Jingu is one of the most revered shrines in Japan, next to the Great Shrine of Ise, drawing in a total of 9 million visitors every year. Enshrined in Atsuta is a sword called “Kusanagi no Tsurugi,” one of the three sacred treasures that symbolize Japan’s Imperial Throne. Also enshrined is the chief god Atsuta-no-Ookami, and five other “great gods” who are believed to be connected with the sacred sword. Here are some images showingRead More

Miso Pickles

When in Kyoto: Images of Nishiki Market (Kyoto’s Kitchen)

Posted on July 23, 2017

Food bloggers will love Nishiki Market, for sure. Known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen,” it’s the place to be for people wanting to explore Kyoto’s culinary landscape – or at least a taste of it. Nishiki Market is 5 blocks long, but if you’re there to just take a look around, the whole session will probably take you less than 15 minutes. Spend an hour if you’re serious in trying out the food. These images, though few, should get you excited forRead More

Kiyomizu-dera from afar

Let the Love Gods Grant Your Wish at Jishu Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera

Posted on July 23, 2017

The man at the ticket counter laughed when he saw the coins on my hand. In return, I gave him a wide smile. “It’s 400 yen, right?” “Hai.” I found out later that what I paid for was access to the Hondo or the Main Hall of Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple founded in 780 BCE. You can actually roam around the complex for free – including the Jishu-jinja – if you know where to go. I wouldn’t have minded payingRead More

Inside Kennin ji

Kyoto Temples: Inside the Kennin-ji Complex

Posted on July 21, 2017

It’s not difficult to find a Japanese temple with a superlative attached to its name. Kennin-ji, for instance, is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. I wouldn’t say it’s a must-see, but if you’re not a “temple person” yet you feel you have to visit one in Kyoto, know that Kennin-ji is the closest to Gion’s Hanami-koji. Before showing some images of the complex, here’s an introduction on Kennin-ji and about its priest founder, Yousai, taken from the brochure IRead More

Sagano Bamboo Forest

Arashiyama DIY Tour: Possible to Visit the Bamboo Forest in Half Day?

Posted on July 20, 2017

One tourist asks: “Is it possible to visit the Sagano Bamboo Forest in half day?” The answer is a resounding yes. The bamboo forest is not a long stretch, so you can complete it in just 20 minutes. But as there are other attractions in Arashiyama that you don’t want to miss, you’ll want to spend several hours to better explore the place. After hiking Mt. Inari in a yukata and a pair of geta shoes, I was accompanied byRead More

Torii Gates Fushimi Inari Shrine

Hiking Mt. Inari (Fushimi Shrine) in a Yukata and Geta Shoes

Posted on July 20, 2017

For the second time, I met up with Sung Sik on July 7th for another tour of Kyoto. This time, he took me to Fushimi Inari Taisha, one of the most blogged-about Kyoto attractions famous for its bright red-orange torii gates. Before exploring the place (and eventually climbing to the top), I changed into my yukata and slipped into the same pair of geta shoes. My feet hurt midway through the short hike, but I kept going because obviously, IRead More

Gion Tatsumi Bridge

Chasing Gion One Afternoon, In a Yukata and Geta Sandals

Posted on July 20, 2017

If someone says they want to go to Kyoto, chances are, Gion is what they have in mind. After all, Gion is a historic district, and everyone wants a taste of old Japan, from geishas and centuries-old temples to Zen gardens and narrow streets with well-preserved machiya‘s (or old-style Japanese houses). Gion (and Kyoto in general) has several attractions to offer. These include temples, walking streets, and museums. If you have one afternoon (and a few hours in the evening)Read More

Harie Water Wheel

A Walk Around Harie Shozu-no-Sato, Takashima, Home of Fresh Water

Posted on July 19, 2017

Like Yuasa, my interest in Harie was piqued by a documentary I watched on Youtube. As a whole, the documentary talks about Japan’s beautiful coexistence with nature through a concept called Satoyama (sato means “village” and yama means “mountain”). The key features of a Satoyama landscape are truly impressive, but what I found most interesting was how, over the centuries, the people have managed to use and preserve a system that gives them access to clean and pure water soRead More

Retail Store Kadocho Brewery

A Visit to Yuasa Town, Wakayama: Birthplace of Soy Sauce

Posted on July 18, 2017

When I saw National Geographic’s documentary on Yuasa, I knew I had to see the place. So immediately, I revised my itinerary to include a visit to this idyllic town, which is said to be the birthplace of shoyu, or soy sauce. I’m not going to relay the story of how soy sauce was discovered. I leave it to you to watch this video to know what got me interested. How to Get to Yuasa from Osaka From Umeda Station,Read More

Amazon Associates Disclosure

Chasing Summits is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

For every purchase you make through this site's Amazon affiliate links, Amazon offers a commission, which supports my cause at no addition cost to you.