Takasakiyama Money Park is one of the best places in Japan to see the hierarchy of Japanese macaque society in action. It is located in Beppu, Japan is a Japanese Macaque reserve home to 1500 monkeys divided into 2 troops B, and C.( A was dissolved after being defeated by troop C). While it is called a zoological park, the monkeys are indeed wild animals and can and go as they please. After the end of WWII, the Japanese masques population increased greatly in the Takasakiyama area and were wreaking havoc on farms. Ignoring calls for culling, the mayor of Beppu at the time decided to feed them which would lure them away from farm and double as a tourist attraction.
The Sacred White Snakes of Iwakuni
The city of Iwakuni is unique for it`s white snakes, that are considered lucky. There are many white snake attractions in Iwakuni.
Akama Shrine and the Tale of Hoichi the Earless
A statue of Hoichi the Earless from the famous ghost story of the same name is located at the colorful Akama Shrine in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi.
Shirokuma:The Polar Bear Shaved Ice
Shirokuma means polar bear English, a fitting name for this Japanese shaved ice topped with condensed milk and colorful fruit and jellies as it is said to look like its namesake from above.
The Year of the Tiger in Japan
Tigers stand out for being the only Zodiac animal that Japan doesn't have. That hasn't stop tigers from being a fixture in Japanese culture.
Frog Street of Matsumoto
The shopping street leading up to Matsumoto Castle is peculiar for its love of all things frog.Frog statues and figurines line "Frog Street".
Izumi: Largest Gathering of Cranes in Japan
The city of Izumi is the site of largest gathering on cranes in Japan. Every year 10,000 cranes migrate here for the winter. There is an Observation center, a museum, and even a shrine centered around these feathered winter visitors.
Ise-Shima National Park-A Holy Seafood Wonderland
Ise-Shima National Park famed for its beautiful coastal scenery, bountiful seafood like the Ise Ebi, female free divers, and having the holiest shrines in Shintoism, Ise-Jingu.
Kyoto`s Animal Shrines
After a while, temples and shrines in Kyoto can start to look the same. Freshen things up by visiting five unique shrines with animal motifs!
Tamba Sasayama- The Boar Eating Japanese City
The city of Tamba Sasayama is called a “little Kyoto” but those are a dime a dozen . What makes it stand out is its wild boar eating culture.