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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Beautifully lighted area at night located along the canal, with the famous Running Man! Plenty of delicious foods like the takoyaki (must try), countless number of shops in the area and plenty of things to do.
At the heart of Osaka, in Namba district lies the great canal of Dotonbori and along its canal on each sides lies hundreds of shops, restaurants and souvenir items enticing both tourists and locals alike.
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is a must do for visitors to Kyoto to walk upward ever upward via the winding path through hundreds of Tori gates is an amazing experience, stopping along the way to take in the prayer...
This Shrine is so unique with thousands of Vibrant Orange Torii Gates dating back to 711 AD, it was very crowded so be prepared for lots of people, plenty of souvenir shops & food carts that sell really nice finge...
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Has all the views that you imagine about Japan - the serene lake with temple reflecting beautifully on the surface surrounded by a zen garden, perfectly manicured trees and grounds, koi fish swimming to and fro, t...
We loved our time at this Temple the gardens and the Golden Pavilion were beautiful and they pavilion gave great reflections in the lake and the blossom was lovely a great time of year but very crowded.
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The Kiyomizu-dera Temple was one of our important sights to visit- the day tour was fantastic and our trip on the Bullet Train to Kyoto was an experience in itself, Yes, we highly recommend this adventure, you wil...
Great temple and it could well be the best, as it has got everything, history, dragons, nature path, waterfall/ spring, ponds, nature trail and it goes on.
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Really knowledgeable, hospitable and friendly staff who took great pictures and video of the whole experience.
:D Everyone from the dojo was very kind and helpful, they helped me dress and took lots of photos and videos.
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There’s a beautiful water fountain nearby along with an individual who provides info, free in several languages, English, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, French, in bound notebooks laid on the ground near the dome.
We spent several hours exploring this, the memorial peace park, the memorial hall and the museum, and it was one of the highlights of our Japan trip because everything is so carefully and thoughtfully presented -...
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... with unexpected snow which created a wonderful scenery: the beautiful grey tombs and statues, some covered with green moss and some white with the snow, the massive trees, and some of the paths lit with lanterns.
Early morning and dusk are the best time to visit, early there are monks chanting, at dusk as the shadows fall the 200,000 tombs of the cedar forest begin to stir quietly.
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... there are more huge statues ,and carvings, a minature display of the temple area and art work , this temple is massive and awe inspiring , you must come here so much grand architecture and history to look upon.
The temple is located in Nara (only a few steps from the popular Nara Deer Park), recommended visiting this temple together with Nara Deer Park for a day tour from Osaka or Kyoto.
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They are all great places of remembrance of the horrors of war, and include, Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, The iconic A-bomb Dome, Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the...
Composed of the museum, the Atomic Bomb Dome, the Children's Memorial, the Korean Monument, the Peace pool, the eternal flame, and several other memorials on lovely grounds, you can spend several hours learning ab...
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... when all leaf become flower, and it did at eikando temple, the most pupular autumn leaves in kyoto, we come in when all the leaves so colorful, beauty of nature, so many people come here, enjoying the maple trees
The night-time illumination transforms the landscape, with the lake around Ben-ten Island forming a perfect mirror for the autumn colours.
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Miyajima

Hatsukaichi
Strolling around quaint, cozy Miyajima, I got to see deer, the Daishon-in temple and rows and rows of souvenir shops and other local treats like momiji manju and a host of other exceptional Japanese delicacies.
You can read about all the great things on this Island full of shrines and deer, but for me, the cable car up the mountain and the breath-taking view of the surrounding island and mountains is with the day trip.
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I discovered Otagi while researching sites for a private tour of Kyoto and saw pictures of the charming stone statues, each face being unique, some happy, some sad, others contemplative.
We can take buss from some of the tourist spot there in Arashiyama but I would suggest you to walk from Bamboo Groove area to this temple before coming back to train station by buss (bus stop just in front of the...
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Our group of 35 followed a guide on a circuit along paths and a stone-paved walk that brought us to various elevations for different views of the scenery, made even prettier by trees with leaves of red and gold.
Lovely garden; recommend taking the English language tour(there are several every day) and also recommend applying on line before visiting to make sure you get a place on the tour.
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Chureito Pagoda

Fujiyoshida
We went fall so the colors of Red, Yellow and Orange of the trees are in full bloom - very romantic, bright and happy colors which are perfect for photos and videos to cherish.
It's a journey of 398 steps up to reach the top, once you arrive at the shrine entrance, but absolutely worth the extra exercise to see such an unobstructed and stunning view of Japan's most iconic peak.
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(you will climb up rocks in some steep areas) Wear good hiking boots, pack plenty of snacks/water, and sunscreen since majority of the volcano is exposed) The weather constantly changes throughout the hike so brin...
I did a day climb of Mt Fuji (I dont recommend it) and it was awesome experience - every single person I met who worked on the mountain was amazing, friendly, approachable and happy to lend a hand.
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This world heritage site is a must if you are in the area, less than hour from Osaka with the Shinkansen and within walking distance from station.Besides the magnificent castle the grounds are great and there is a...
Stopped here for a half day on the journey from Kyoto to Hiroshima - well worth the trip You can see the castle from the train as you arrive in the town , the view is quite spectacular and the Castle is only a sho...
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Remarkably uncrowded for such a beautiful garden, a rival to Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama — but the meticulously pruned pine trees and borrowed scenery of a wild hillside are better!
As always with Japanese gardens (but even more so than most) there's an incredible attention to detail and the variety of views and fascinating little features is remarkable.
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Surrounding the temple are shrines and network of homes and little shops selling antiques, delicious food and desserts and the Kyoto National Museum is also located opposite to this temple.
1,001 wooden intricate statues of a Buddhist deity are lined up in this 120 m long temple - each of them subtly different - a very impressive sight indeed.
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ISE GRAND SHRINE Another display of pure Japanese culture and tradition with an incredible Use Grand shrine at the center surrounded by beautiful woodland, a very very clear river that is also worshipped and lots...
Over 8 million worshippers visit this site every year, which is the size of Central Paris This sacred place has long been revered as the abode of Amaterasu Omikami, the goddess of the sun and universe, the guardia...
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Mitaki Temple

Hiroshima
... the most special in terms of a spiritual experience because of quietness of the place, and the way the path weaves up the side of the hill, past trees, waterfalls, ponds, statues and buildings of various types.
Both spring and autumn are good times to see it, yet anytime is really nice and it's great to know there are still a few tranquil oases in Japan that you can still marvel at like you could decades ago, before the...
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Daishoin Temple

Hatsukaichi
... giant bell , hundreds of small Buddha statues with little woollen hats of various colours, its a very peaceful and tranquil area around the Daisho-in temple complex and a must visit place if you are on Miyajima .
The side path with little statues is absolutely amazing, I also love the fact that you actually have to explore this place to see all of the wonders rather than just standing in one spot and seeing everything at o...
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You climb down stone steps through beautiful old trees, over a red bridge and then, when you see the building through the trees it is a moment to remember.
Magnificent sights
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The Cenotaph

Hiroshima
The Cenotaph is located in the Hiroshima city in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park between Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bombing Dome.
Centrally located in the memorial park at one end of the pool, it is in alignment with the Peace Museum, the Peace Frame at the other end of the pool, and the Atomic Bomb Dome in the distance ie standing with your...
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small mountain like a hill, faced for one of hte biggest bridge among Shimanami Kaidou you can enjoy to watch panorama view especially at sun set time this is the place you must visit if you love sunset !
Awesome views
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Of all the monuments in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the Children’s Peace Monument is perhaps the one that touches us the most with emotions and endearment - heart wrenching to think that children are victim...
... Museum and that mournful structure, the Atomic Bomb Dome (a building that retained its basic structure despite being close to the bomb epicentre), the Children's Peace Monument includes some beautiful sculpture.
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Suggest to come in the morning/early afternoon or else the shadow of cliff will cover half of the sea and photos will be less beautiful (see mine below) There is a salt factory nearby with a small souvenir shop fe...
If you google map it, it will bring you right to the salt factory where you can park and walk.
It is a very large garden and the tour heads up hill to the highest point where you get a great view of both the garden and the city below across the lake.
The garden is grand, on the scale of Richmond Park; a vast and productive parkland with enormous lake and multiple waterfalls.
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Another attracted myth was Japanese all deities meet at Izumo Taisha shrine every year, so that this is the spiritual place to visit.
It is a very old and important shrine in Japan and the place where the Gods gather each year - and even without their beliefs and total understanding it did feel quite a special place.
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Mt. Haguro

Tsuruoka
Haguro, where there are some temples, a giant bell and a bus stop that takes you back if you want but the beauty is the path itself, surrounded by huge trees, very calm and with strange noises coming from insects,...
Bus runs every hour or so from the large parking lot back down the hill if you prefer not to walk back down or if its getting dark- last bus is at 5! Some pilgrims come to climb all three sacred peaks of which Mt...
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