Nanzen-ji temple in Kyoto, Japan - my favorite Japanese garden in Kyoto.  Repinned by http://sailorstales.wordpress.com/

Nanzen-ji temple in Kyoto, Japan - my favorite Japanese garden in Kyoto. by Aaron Webb

Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan   |  19 Reasons to Love Japan, an Unforgettable Travel Destination

19 Reasons to Love Japanan an Unforgettable Travel Destination

Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan 19 Reasons to Love Japan, an Unforgettable Travel Destination

Gyokusendo Okinawa Japan  Okinawa World is the largest theme park of Okinawa Prefecture and presents the history, culture and nature of the island in one place. The most visited attraction is Gyokusendo: a 5,000-meter long cave formed about 300,000 years ago.  850 meters of this cavern are open to the public: visitors can walk in the caves evocatively lit and gape osservanfdo the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.

Gyokusendo: a long cave formed about years ago. 850 meters of this cavern are open to the public: visitors can walk in the caves evocatively lit and gape at the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.

Island of Miyajima, an island in Japan which is basically a tourist hotspot for the Japanese.  These sacred deer wonder around and beg for food (by nodding), the whole place is deer crazy; you can get photos taken in booths with pictures of deer on them, deer frequent all parts of it, deer figures are rife and the island also has a huge mountain, complete with cable cars and angry monkeys.

"The island was full of sacred deer. They were not afraid, for no one hurt them." [Japanese sacred deer at Miyajima.

Macaques enjoying an onsen (hot spring) in Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano, Japan. Commonly referred to as Snow Monkeys, that go to the valley during the winter, foraging elsewhere in the national park during the warmer months. Starting in 1963, the monkeys descend from the steep cliffs and forest to sit in the warm waters of the onsen (hotsprings), and return to the security of the forests in the evenings.

Macaques enjoying an onsen (hot spring) in Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano, Japan. Commonly referred to as Snow Monkeys, they go to the valley during the winter, foraging elsewhere in the national park during the warmer months.

If you're looking for a spectacular tourist destination without all the tourists, you'll want to visit Kyoto's sleepy little fishing town that floats on the sea.

If you’re looking for a spectacular tourist destination without all the tourists, you’ll want to visit Kyoto’s sleepy little fishing town that floats on the sea.

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