Category Archives: TRAVEL

Nitta Shrine Satsumasendai

I visited Nitta Shrine in Satsumasendai very early in the morning. The town’s name is Sendai, but it is called Satsumasendai to distinguish it from the more famous Sendai up north. It was the 37th day of my Kyushu Pilgrimage and I had a long way to go today. Also I prefer shrines very early because the light is so good for photography, and there are few people around.

Situated on a hill


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More Kunisaki Cliff Carvings

The Motomiya Magaibutsu are a set of Buddhist cliff carvings in the Kunisaki Peninsula. I had started the day at what are believed to be the biggest cliff carvings in Japan, the Kumano Maigaibutsu, and later in the day after visiting the wonderful statuary on display at Makiodo I carried on walking north .

The figure on the left is a Jizo, next to Jikokuten. In the center of the first

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4 Day Tokyo Itinerary for First-Time Visitors

shibuya crossing

If you only have 4 days in Tokyo, this 4 day Tokyo itinerary will allow you to plan your trip with ease and navigate the city like a local. Don’t waste time on unnecessary train rides and overpriced tourist traps. This 4 days in Tokyo itinerary is designed to make the most of your precious vacation time and experience the very best of the modern and traditional sides of the city.

I guarantee that if you follow this Tokyo itinerary to the letter, you will have the most incredible trip. I have lived in Tokyo and personally tried and tested all of the activities, so you can trust that you are in safe hands!

Be sure to also check out my 5-day Tokyo itinerary for more ideas, or if you are heading to Kyoto, see my 3-day Kyoto itinerary here. If it’s your first time planning a trip to Japan, I strongly recommend downloading my essential Japan travel tips here.

4 Day Tokyo Itinerary Overview

Is 4 days in Tokyo enough? Well, to be honest, no. But even if you live in Tokyo you’ll never get to experience all of the incredible things it has to offer, it’s simply too big. So if 4 days in Tokyo is all you can manage, then I recommend the following plan:

Location Activities Included
Day 1 – Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku Scramble crossing, Hachiko statue, shopping, rainbow street food, dessert cafes, cocktails with a view, izakayas, Meiji Shrine, karaoke
Day 2 – Odaiba, Asakusa, Ryogoku Team Lab Museum, shopping, Odaiba beach, water taxi across Tokyo Bay, Sensoji Temple, Tokyo Skytree, sumo restaurant
Day 3 – Kichijoji, Shimokitazawa, Ginza, Shinbashi Ghibli Museum, Inokashira Park, vintage stores, cool cafes, local vibes, hip neighborhoods, designer stores, authentic restaurants, bar-hopping

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Kenzanji Temple 49 on the Kyushu Pilgrimage

This little man-made grotto/cave with a Fudo Myo is ain Kenzanji Temple located in Hiyoshi, in Hioki on the west coast of the Satsuma peninsula in Kagoshima. It is temple 49 on the 108 temple pilgrimage of Shingon temples on Kyushu.

It isn’t an old temple though it has an historic stone pagoda from an older temple that used to exist nearby. The main hall is a portakabin, something I have

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