The Shinto Shrine of Togakushi

The Shinto Shrine of Togakushi

A spiritual experience

A visit in Joshinetsu Kogen Natural Park will allow you to discover the Shinto buildings, the lost mountain of Nakano and the Togakushi Shrine located in the Nagano Mountains. The last one, is divided into five small sanctuaries scattered throughout the territory.

The legends of Togakushi area

The Togakushi Shrine is located on a mountain of 1,904 meters high and is a special place for Japanese mythology.

The story tells that two brothers, Amaterasu (goddess of the sun) and Susanoo (god of the sea), were playing when suddenly Susanoose got angry and began to break everything. Subsequently, Amaterasu hid in a cave leaving the world in darkness. The gods did their best to get her out. When she left, the world regained light.

Also, Togakushi is famous for hosting the beginnings of the Togakure ninjutsu school, a children’s martial arts school. This school, created 900 years ago, was the place of refugees from China escaping wars in the Tang dynasty.

The five shrines of Togakushi

The Shinto shrine of Togakushi is divided in five buildings, although the most important are three:

Hokosha Chusha

Firstly, you will find the Chusha shrine, located in the central part of the Togakushi shrine. If you visit it, you will see lush forests and a famous tree over eight hundred years old.

Santuario Shrine

Secondly, you will find the Hokosha, surrounded by three hundred copies of cryptomerias or “sugis”. This sanctuary is dedicated to the protective goddess of motherhood, academic life and sewing.

Santuario Okusha

Finally, you will find the Okusha sanctuary, at the top of the mountain. It is dedicated to the god of the three wonderful rocks. Next to the Okusha sanctuary you find the Kuzuryu sanctuary.

Other interesting places

It is necessary to mention that there are other points of interest in the area such as the Togakushi Minzoku-kan, a set of buildings that supports the presence of the former ninja school.  Also, you can find some restaurants, mainly noodles. Certainly, this region is famous for its Togakushi-soba.

In conclusion, Japan offers thousands of experiences for tourists who wish to discover the Japanese culture and their customs.

As a last advice, we recommend you to apply for Japanese visa before your trip due to from 2020 this transaction will be mandatory.

35 people die in Kyoto Animation Studios fire

The number of deaths increases

The number of deaths increases

We would like to inform you about the misfortune that occurred in Kyoto. Two weeks ago a fire broke out in the Kyoto Animation Studios. Unfortunately, the number of deaths increases. Now, there are a total of 35 people died.

After the investigation and the inspections in the suspect’s house, the professionals found materials produced and manufactured in the study. For this reason, he is directly related to the study.

The police have identified the suspect and his name is Shinji Aoba. He was previously sentenced in 2012 to three and a half years in prision for robbing a store in Chiba prefecture. In addition, after leaving prison, he received treatment for mental illness.

How did the fire develop?

The fire started when Aoba entered with a cart with a bucket of gasoline to the entrance of the building. Then, he poured the contents on the ground and set fire to the cry of “moríos”.

Finally, Aoba immediately confessed his crime to the police. He confirmed that he had started the fire because he believed that the studio had stolen his novel.

Unfortunately, the fire immediately spread throughout the building where 73 people worked. Only seven people were able to escape unharmed.

Our last tip is that it does not affect you when traveling to the country. We confirm you that Japan is not a dangerous territory. Also, do not forget to apply for a Japan visit visa to enter the country.

Takayama, a popular destination!

Takayama, a popular destination!

Takayama, an impressive place

What to see and do in Takayama?

The city of Takayama is located in the mountainous region of Hida, in Japan. It is in the Japanese Alps and boasts unparalleled beauty. Certainly, we recommend you to visit Takayama, a popular destination!

Also, the city offers traditional accommodation, sake wineries, temples and wooden shrines and an spectacular old town full of houses from the Edo period.

Next, we give you some adivices and recommendations about what to visit in Takayama.

  1. First of all, it is essential to walk through Sanmachi Suji, the old town. This area preserves Edo period houses that currently function as museums, art galleries, craft shops or coffee shops.
  2. Visit the Hida Kokubun-ji temple, one of the oldest in the city.
  3. You must enter one of the old houses of the Edo period. For example: the house of the Kusakabe family or the Yoshijima family.
  4. Visit the former Takayama Jinya government office in the Edo period.
  5. Visit one of the sake factories.
  6. Cross some of the bridges that cross the Miyagawa River, such as the reddish Nakabashi Bridge.
  7. Visit the Sakurayama Hachimangu shrine.
  8. Taste Hida meat.
  9. Take a walk through the stalls of the morning markets or Asaichi of Takayama, which are held every day in the square near the Takayama shrine and along the eastern margin of the Miyagawa River between the Kaiji and Yayoi bridges.
  10. Staying in a ryōkan or traditional Japanese accommodation.

What to eat in Takayama?

Takayama has a wide variety of restaurants and street food stalls where we can try local specialties such as Hida meat, hobo miso or chuka soba.

Where to stay in Takayama?

Takayama is a small city but very touristy, so there is plenty of accommodation. For this reason, we recommend some places: the Oyado Koto no Yume, the Ryokan Asunaro, the Wat Hotel & Spa Hida Takayama or the Hida Hotel Plaza. Also, there are other good options.

Finally, we hope the article “Takayama a popular destination!” has been interesting for you. If you decide to visit the city, do not forget you will need a Japan travel visa to enter the country.

Japan wants to dominate football worldwide

Japan wants to dominate football worldwide

Japan aims to win the World Cup in 2050

First of all, we want to inform you that Japan wants to dominate football worldwide and win the World Cup 2050 with its star players Hiroki Abe and Takefusa Kubo.

Currently, Hiroki Abe, the young talent of Kashima Antlers has signed for the FC Barcelona, and Takefusa Kubo is doing the preseason with Real Madrid. They are part of the ambitious plan with which Japan aims to win the FIFA World Cup.

The rise of Japanese football

These two japanese football players confirm the rise of Japanese football. Certainly, its presence in European leagues is increasing considerably in recent years.

The president of the J-League, Mitsuru Murai, has confirmed that the main objective of Japan is to build a team capable of winning the competition in 2050 and to consolidate its own ligue able to compete with European leagues.

On the other hand, the signings of stars Fernando Torres, David Villa and Andrés Iniesta are also part of the growth strategy of Japanese football.

In addition, the J-League has created a programme to develop national talent. All clubs participating in the competition are obliged to develop their own players. After that, the first team must always field at least two junior players and one under 21 years of age.

Thinking about a promising future

The president of the J-League said that they want to become the fourth world league in 2030.

Also, the good work of Japanese grassroots football has also resulted in a greater presence in the five major European leagues. This development can be seen in the 14 Japanese players currently playing in the top competitions of continental football: the Bundesliga; La Liga; the Premier League; and the French League.

In conclusion, it is a fact that Japan wants to dominate football worldwide. They have a very clear and definite idea of their future.

If you are thinking travel to this country, you can start to planify your itinerary. In addition, be clear that from 2020 you will need Japan tourist visa if you travel to the territory.

How does the Japanese population sleep?

How does the Japanese population sleep?

The Japanese style of sleeping

One of the curiosities of Japanese culture is the way of sleeping. For decades, the Japanese sleep in futons but you can also find standard beds in places such as hotels.

Certainly, if you travel to Japan do not worry as you will easily find tourist establishments with beds.

Next, we have answered the question: how does the Japanese population sleep?

The famous tatamis, how does the Japanese population sleep?

Japanese houses have a tatami, a reed mat that covers the floor of the dining room and the bethrooms. This area can not be stepped on with shoes, it must be stepped barefoot or with socks. For this reason, the futon is on the tatami.

In addition, it is necessary to mention the scarce space that exists in Japanese houses due to the overpopulation of the country. Thus, many people live in extremely small spaces.

Other curiosities

An interesting curiosity is the Japanese custom of falling asleep in public places. This custom is called inemuri, sleep being present.

The Japanese sleep anywhere due to their rhythm of life and they use every free minute to rest.

Finally, we wish you luck in your next trip to Japan and do not forget to know the Japan visa types to enter the country. Anyway, if you travel for tourism, you just need a Japan tourist visa.