I love sunsets. Anywhere, any time, any season, in any weather. Back home in Ontario we would get some fantastic sunsets, probably among the brightest, most vibrant I've ever seen. But I have to say, after seeing the sun set over the sea, this has got to be one of my favourites views.
Shirahama in Wakayama is a tiny town with great PR. It's a sleepy town that takes hours to get to, with not much to recommend it besides a lot of rocks, hot springs, and cliffs. Years back, they rebranded it, importing sand from Australia, building some theme parks, and naming all their rock formations. This one is the Senjojiki, or Thousand Tatami Mats.
It is, granted, beautiful. But I don't think this mass of sandstone would have half the traffic it did if they hadn't turned it into a major tourist attraction. ;)
Each year on March 3rd, thousands of dolls are sent to Awashima Jinja for “Hina Matsuri”. The dolls are burned, rather than thrown away, to protect their souls. The burning is the best part, to be honest.