This off-the-beaten-path temple is famous for its peony gardens (April) and its wart-curing shrine, but it’s also a great place for seasonal festivals and markets that are not at all touristy. No matter what time of year you go, there will definitely be something worth seeing.
While you’re in Japan, read a novel set in Tokyo!
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