Visiting temple and shrine laden Kyoto, or seeing some of Japan's more rural, majestic monuments can be one of the most satisfying experiences when visiting Japan.

The 'most sacred' of Japan's Monotsumi Inari Shrineshrines is Ise Jingu, in Mie Prefecture, set in amongst a sacred, peaceful forest. Alternatively, you could visit Japan's 47th most famous prefecture, Shimane, to see Izumo Taisha, or go to rural Yamaguchi prefecture to visit Motonosumi Inari Taisha which tumbles down in to the sea. Nara's Todai-ji temple makes for fantastic photo memories to take home, and is as ornate and picturesque inside as out.

Inner shrine at Ise Jingu