Sengaku Ji Temple

Travels: The Graves of the 47 Ronin

Content Warning: This article contains sensitive topics including violence and suicide.

For this trip, I wanted my off the beaten path adventures this time around to include a number of locations related to historic events. One of those locations included the resting places of the 47 Ronin (浪人). Yes, those 47 Ronin. Yes, they were real and their graves are right in downtown Tokyo (東京).

Travels: Miyajima

Today, I’m sharing with you all my experience at Itsukushima (厳島), more popularly referred to as “Miyajima” (宮島) or “Shrine Island”, located southwest of the city of Hiroshima (広島). As one of the “Nihon Sankei” (日本三景), or “Three Views of Japan” coined by the scholar Hayashi Gaho (1618-1688), scholars consider it one of the most scenic and beautiful sites in all of Japan… and that’s an understatement!