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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

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Jikko-in Temple 実光院

A wonderful garden oasis

Tucked away in the rural village of Ohara in the northeast mountains of Kyoto, Jikko-in Temple is known for its gardens, which are particularly lovely in autumn.

Quick Facts

Home to a very rare type of cherry blossom which blooms in the fall

The tatami rooms contains an array of chanting implements

Entry includes sweets and a cup of sweet matcha

How to Get There

It can be accessible by bus then on foot.

To get to Ohara from Kyoto Station, you can catch bus #17 to Ohara. The bus stops at Demachiyanagi Station, so you may want to take the Keihan Line to Demachiyanagi and catch the bus from there. It’s a 40-minute ride to Ohara.

Once there, it's a 10-minute walk from the bus stop to the main street of the village, off of which Jikko-in is located.

Buddhist chanting

Jikko-in was originally founded as a monk’s quarters in affiliation with nearby Shorin-in Temple.

Shorin-in was revitalized by the Buddhist monk Jakugen in 1013. He is known for bringing shomyo, or Tendai Buddhist chanting, to Japan from China. Thus Jikko-in is indelibly linked to this style of music.

Drink matcha in the hall

In 1919, Jikko-in was relocated to its current site from nearby. Rebuilt in 1921, the Kyakuden, or guest hall, displays paintings from the Edo Period (1603-1867) by the renowned Kano School. The tatami room contains bells and other instruments used for chanting. You can sit in the hall and eat a Japanese sweet with a cup of matcha, the cost of which is included in the ticket price.

Symbolic

The Keishin-en Garden was created in the later years of the 1920s. The highlight is the koi pond and fountain. It is fed by the nearby Ritsu River and is in the shape of the kanji, or Chinese character, for heart.

Each natural element in the pond area means something different. The rocks by the waterfall symbolize the sacred mountain of Horai in China; the pine tree overlooking the water represents a crane. A small island in the middle of the pond symbolizes a tortoise. In Japanese mythology, the crane and tortoise are both synonymous with happiness and longevity.

Sakura in the fall

Below the temple is a stroll garden, built after Keishin-en. It also features a pond, rocks, and a tea house. Stone lanterns and small stone pagodas add artistic touches to the serene atmosphere.

This garden is home to a rare type of cherry tree that blooms in autumn, peaking in November. It is perhaps the only place where you can see Japan’s famous cherry blossoms and autumn leaves at the same time.

Admission: ¥700 (green tea and sweet included)

Hours: 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

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