This Koka Ninja House, located in the suburb of Koka City in Shiga prefecture, once a residence of The Koka Ninja clan, is currently the only real Japanese ninja house in the country.
If you like old world charm and nostalgia, then you will love Imai-cho town. At 17.4 hectares, it’s the largest preservation district for groups of traditional buildings in Japan. And since there are in fact people still residing in Imai-cho, it really is a living historical town.
His works are notable for the unconventional shapes and designs as well as the philosophy he puts in creating them – he believes in what he calls ‘ordered poverty.’
The origin of this formation is unknown. Some specialists and scientists believed the site is completely natural. Others claim that the formations are man-made stepped monoliths, while others affirm that it is a natural site modified or a man-made artifact.
Ueda and Sanada are home to one of Japan's most famous samurai clans. For a fascinating historical sightseeing tour in Nagano, come see this spot.
The “living Buddhas,” or sokushinbutsu as they are known in Japanese, differ from the more well-known mummies of Egypt in that they self-mummified while still alive.
Niemonjima. Have you heard of it? If you're not a history buff, then perhaps you haven't. Located off the coast of southwest Chiba, this tiny landmass was the secret hideaway of one of the greatest generals in Japanese history. Minamoto-no-Yoritomo was one of the founders of the Kamakura Shogunate, and after a battle with a rivaling faction, he fled for safety behind the shoreline rocks of Niemonjima.
For non-first time Kyoto travelers who seem to feel that the over-visited Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkakuji, Kinkakuji, Heian Shrine, Fushimi-inari Shrine, or Arashiyama have become too cliché for tourism, there are other numerous worthwhile treasures in Kyoto to explore, quite off the beaten path.
Tateyama is a famous symbol of Toyama, and one of the three most sacred mountains of Japan. The picturesque landscape of the Tateyama range in the Northern Japan Alps draws people for many reasons - hiking in summer, snow sports in winter, onsens, food, local festivals.