Category Archives: Japan


Fukuoka is Japans 7th largest city  and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu Japan. This was to be our last stop in Japan, during the evening we will sail to Busan, South Korea. We only had one day in Fukuoka, so the most we could do was to get a […]

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The Way of the Gods

Shinto is the indigenous spirituality of Japan; the word Shinto translates into “The Way of the Gods”. If you follow Shinto, you perform certain practices, that if followed consistently, it is believed to establish a connection between the present day Japan and its ancient past. Shinto goes back to the 8th century when it was […]

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The Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple complex, the second stop in out tour of important tourist attractions in eastern Kyoto. This temple is part of the Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage sites. The temple complex dates back to 778, but due to fires it has undergone several reconstructions. Its present buildings date back to 1633. See pictures and commentary […]

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Kinkaky-Ji – Temple of the Golden Pavilion

A National Historic Site and one of the most popular tourist destinations is Japan – the beautiful Golden Pavilion and surrounding gardens. Built in 1397, the original pavilion was burned down during the Onin war (1467-1477). It was rebuilt and then burned down again in 1950 by a 22-year-old monk. The current version was rebuilt in 1955 and it is […]

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