Tranquility captured in Stunning Photo of Japan

Travel Bucket List #1: Yamanashi Prefecture: Encircled with mountains, abound with lakes, valleys and hillside orchards, Yamanashi District is situated next to the western part of Tokyo and southeast of central Japan. Yamanashi is known for its various places of natural beauty such as Mt. Fuji and Fuji Goko, however it also hosts various historic ruins left for posterity by the Takeda family of war lords who ruled the region in the 16th century —Takeda-jinja Shrine and Kai Zenko-ji Temple. Although Kyoto is Japan’s second largest city and one of the most popular tourist destination in Japan, Yamanashi has its own beauty …

How Much Money Do you Need to Travel Asia?

Last year, I spent two months traveling through parts of Southeast Asia. Because I`m always conscious of my finance, I kept track of all my spending.  I traveled alone once, but didn’t enjoy it as much, nor did I kept track of any spending. This time around, I traveled Southeast Asia together with my sister. So, here’s how much money we spent travelling in Southeast Asia. Total Southeast Asia Spending As I’ve mentioned above, all expenses listed below are for two people, in USD. Not surprisingly, many Asian countries prefer US currency, so there was never a time I ever needed …

The mountain with ten thousand gates, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine), is built at the base of Inari Mountain by the Hata family in the seventh century. It is said to be the most famous of several thousands shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto God of rice. In Japan, foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers, and as a result, there are many fox statues scattered across the shrine grounds.  Over the centuries, it established itself as the primary shrine for over 30,000 Inari shrines all over Japan. Now, it is the most visited shrine—during the new years more than 3 million people travel …

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