The Nonomiya Shrine is a small unpretentious shrine located in Arashiyama district. During the Heian period, imperial princesses spent year-long stays at the Nonomiya shrine to purify themselves before becoming representatives of the imperial family. On your way to the Arashiyama bamboo forest, you’ll have the chance too to purify at this charming and sacred site.
Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can't express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration! For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. "Gaijin" means foreigner and "San" is a honorific suffix in Japanese. View all posts by Gaijin San