The “Ninja” Temple: Samurai Secrets and Lies
Famous for its trick doors, hidden chambers, and many traps, Myouryu-ji is often referred as Ninjadera, or "Ninja Temple," though the temple has little to do with ninja at all. The temple was a sanctuary for forbidden samurai and offered e…
Under that Ishikawa Sky
As if the heavens above Kanazawa weren't stunning enough on their own, they are even more so when framed by the Japanese Alps around Mount Haku or by the sea...
Holy Prayers and Stripping Firefighters: Japanese New Year in Kanazawa
Ring a temple bell, get your shrine fortune, and watch acrobatic Japanese firefighters strip in the snow! Here's what to expect for New Year's in Kanazawa.
Go Forest Bathing & See Sacred Trees in Kanazawa
In a smaller castle town like Kanazawa, finding a green spot of nature is easy! Here are my favorite places to visit sacred trees and bathe in forests.
Toyama, for Crafts & Nature Lovers
There are many charming spots in Toyama, but from here I want to share everything that appeals to my craftwork-loving heart! So let's start...
Seseragi Marriage Festival
Looking for true love in Japan? Say a prayer at the shrine during Seseragi-dori's Marriage Festival, a quaint but supremely friendly street fair in late May
One Night in Kanazawa: 24 Hours in the City of Gold
Only one night in Kanazawa planned and don't know where to go? No problem! Here's our recommended walking itinerary for enjoying Kanazawa, Japan in 24 hours!
Komatsu: Pines, Performances & Peace
Just 17 minutes away by train or car, Komatsu is the birthplace of "Children's Kabuki" and a place to reconnect with nature, with the sprawling forest shrine of Natadera, the moss garden at the Forest of Wisdom, and the Takigahara Farm, an…
Sacred Wells and Magic Stones at Kanazawa Shrine
Conspicuously small and hidden for the shrine that shares its city's name, Kanazawa Shrine is a secret many visitors miss and fewer know how to appreciate. The grounds of this small, but brilliantly-colored shrine are connected to ancient …
18 Free Things to Do in Kanazawa
Kanazawa has plenty to occupy the backpacker on a budget. Here are our picks for the top 18 free ways to enjoy this samurai castle town!
Tentokuin: The Princess Temple in Kanazawa
She was only three years old.