Top Unusual Places To Visit In Japan – Part I

Asia | | September 9, 2009 at 10:04 am




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Japan is a fascinating contrast of the old and the novel and has through its past perpetually imported cultural practices alongside holding on firmly to the festival celebrations, sports and religious convictions of the past. The outcome is an exhilarating array of activities that Japan has in its offing that leaves one spoiled for choices. However, there are a select few enlisted to make one’s trip worth-while.

Awashima Shrine This shrine for women is located in Kada, close to Wakayama City in central Japan is famed for a mammoth assortment of dolls that are received from individuals that are incapable of abandoning their souls to the refuse heap on the crook. Here, dolls are believed to be substitutes used to implore for clemency and release. A majority of those that visit the shrine come for purifying their souls and invigorating their spirits. Women make doll offerings with wishes for a trouble-free child delivery known as anzan while others offer dolls for fujinbyo so as to cure female health disarrays or some offer dolls wishing to bear children (kosazuke).

Exorcism is still practised here with the Doll Festival derived from a Chinese cleansing ritual, is held on the river banks during the third lunar month, a day considered as belonging to the snake that is symbolic of evil, wherein the undesirable impurities are banished by shifting misdeeds to paper icons and tossing them in the waters.

places to visit in JapanThe smallish shrine has hoards of dolls that swarm the grounds, with heaps of them being absolved by the temple priest, with the Hina dolls that are ceremoniously bid good-bye to the sea propped on wood boats at the time of the Hina Festival.

Onsen : The quintessential activity to engage in Japan is get bare, soaked and heated up in the thousands of onsen or the innate thermal hot springs speckled all over Japan. The waters that come from the profound underground are full of varied minerals with therapeutic properties.

The Yunomine Onsen is visit in japansituated near Kumano Hongu Taisha, a World Heritage listed place. This primitive onsen once employed for ritualistic cleansing ceremonies is believed to be the oldest here, with the widely popular public bath Tsubo Yu, a small onsen offering varied water mixes of 50% each onsen and water and the other being pure onsen water. A rage with couples as it is believed that soaking in these waters produces a bonny baby. The sodium bicarbonate hydrosulfuric rich waters are effectual for treating various maladies. This small rock bath is located in the Yunotani River that is known to slightly alter colours nearly seven times in a day.

The Jigokudani Onsen is a big hit with the people and the snow monkeys with the key attraction watching the onsen monkeys taking a dip and the open-air rotemburo.

Japan is a fascinating contrast of the old and the novel and has through its past perpetually imported cultural practices alongside holding on firmly to the festival celebrations, sports and religious convictions of the past. The outcome is an exhilarating array of activities that Japan has in its offing that leaves one spoiled for choices. However, there are a select few enlisted to make one’s trip worth-while.

Awashima Shrine This shrine for women is located in Kada, close to Wakayama City in central Japan is famed for a mammoth assortment of dolls that are received from individuals that are incapable of abandoning their souls to the refuse heap on the crook. Here, dolls are believed to be substitutes used to implore for clemency and release. A majority of those that visit the shrine come for purifying their souls and invigorating their spirits. Women make doll offerings with wishes for a trouble-free child delivery known as anzan while others offer dolls for fujinbyo so as to cure female health disarrays or some offer dolls wishing to bear children (kosazuke).

Exorcism is still practised here with the Doll Festival derived from a Chinese cleansing ritual, is held on the river banks during the third lunar month, a day considered as belonging to the snake that is symbolic of evil, wherein the undesirable impurities are banished by shifting misdeeds to paper icons and tossing them in the waters.

The smallish shrine has hoards of dolls that swarm the grounds, with heaps of them being absolved by the temple priest, with the Hina dolls that are ceremoniously bid good-bye to the sea propped on wood boats at the time of the Hina Festival.

Onsen : The quintessential activity to engage in Japan is get bare, soaked and heated up in the thousands of onsen or the innate thermal hot springs speckled all over Japan. The waters that come from the profound underground are full of varied minerals with therapeutic properties.

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The Yunomine Onsen is situated near Kumano Hongu Taisha, a World Heritage listed place. This primitive onsen once employed for ritualistic cleansing ceremonies is believed to be the oldest here, with the widely popular public bath Tsubo Yu, a small onsen offering varied water mixes of 50% each onsen and water and the other being pure onsen water. A rage with couples as it is believed that soaking in these waters produces a bonny baby. The sodium bicarbonate hydrosulfuric rich waters are effectual for treating various maladies. This small rock bath is located in the Yunotani River that is known to slightly alter colours nearly seven times in a day.

The Jigokudani Onsen is a big hit with the people and the snow monkeys with the key attraction watching the onsen monkeys taking a dip and the open-air rotemburo.

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3 Comments

  1. Kim says:

    If my history is right, its shrine from 3rd century. There are a lot of stories built around it. However, not all of those stories happen to be the truth. However, it would be a beautiful visit at the time of festival.

  2. Oliver says:

    Wow! It’s cool to see some unusual ideas rather than typical expected ones. Ricky, I am glad I am gonna plan something unique & experience something rare than just over-exposed & cliche places.

  3. Steven says:

    I am excited with the onsen you have spoken about. I feel I can include few in my itinerary. Would you tell me, which onsen would be really fun & thrilling in nature?

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