In Tokyo you can visit a shrine deifying war criminals. This is the Yasukuni Shrine controversy, a topic of complex and troubling issues.
Kyoto’s Golden and Silver Pavilions: Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji
Kyoto's Golden and Silver Pavilions are stark contrasts. The Golden Pavilion is more famous, but the Silver Pavilion is much more impressive. Why?
Fushimi Inari Shrine: Alone on the mountain
Fushimi Inari Shrine was my favourite place in Kyoto. This magical mountain path is covered with 1000s of orange gates and is unlike any other hike I've experienced.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove: An unwanted lesson
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is an unforgettable place. Read more to see why.
Tofukuji Temple: Japan’s best autumn destination?
Tofukuji Temple is one of Kyoto’s oldest and most famous temples. It's also one of Japan's most popular autumn viewing destinations. Read more to see why.
Himeji Castle: Japan’s finest castle
Himeji Castle is a gorgeous piece of design and engineering. Despite being Japan's finest castle, it's a miracle that it still stands today. Why is this?
Nara Deer Park: The City of Wild Deer
What makes Nara so magical? The temples, shrines and ruins are amazing. But it's the wild Nara deer that are especially memorable.
Kamagasaki: Sleeping in Japan’s biggest slum
Kamagasaki is Japan's biggest slum. Staying here sounds dangerous, but what's it actually like? I accidentally found out for myself.