Hello and welcome to DiveIntoJapan!
This blog / website is a place where you will find tons of information about Japan, from how to prepare for the voyage, to the most sumptuous places to visit. You’re probably thinking to yourself that there already are hundreds -if not thousands!- of blogs and website about traveling to Japan, temples and shrines to visit, gorgeous hiking places, etc…
And YES! You are completely right! But I have yet to find one website or blog has every piece of information possible about Japan. There are thousands of obscure temples and shrines with no information in English, and many with very little information in Japanese even! Surprising, right? Not really. Most sites or blog like to write about popular places, and tend to leave the little known location out.
Think about how many times you have seen information about the dazzling Golden Pavilion of Kyoto, or the breath-taking Mount Fuji. You will literally get millions of search results on Google. But what about the Fujii-dera of Tokushima? The scenic Shogunzuka? Or even the Gioji Temple in Arashiyama? While these places are beautiful, you will find a lot less articles about them.
The first time I came to this realization was when I was doing some translation work on temples and shrines in the Shiga Prefecture. Several had not even a Japanese Wikipedia page, and even very little information on Japanese websites. That’s when I thought it would be great to have a site with information about every temple, shrine, castle, and others in Japan. That is what I will try to achieve.
Of course, that doesn’t mean I will skip the famous places, on the contrary! I want to focus on equally interesting, yet less visited places of Japan. Not only that, but also have sections of information to prepare for the trip, as well as detailed information about anything and everything in Japan. My goal is to have you come to this site, and find what ever you are searching in the first place, without having to go to forums in order to acquire the information you need.
A complete database of everything about Japan is an impossible feat to achieve, but I will do my best so this becomes the largest online database about Japan.
So, stay tuned, and see you tomorrow!