Religious Sites in Japan

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Religious Sites in Japan

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  • Ren
    Arkansas19 contributions
    The place is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The street packed with food stalls and souvenir stores on the way to the shrine was especially nice. The trip to the summit can be a little grueling if you’re not in shape, but the lack of people makes it the perfect place to get good pictures.
    Written July 23, 2022
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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia708 contributions
    Toshogu Shrine is a magnificent memorial to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan for over 250 years. The lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen buildings set in a beautiful forest. Countless wood carvings and large amounts of gold leaf were used to decorate the buildings in a way not seen elsewhere in Japan, where simplicity has been traditionally stressed in shrine architecture. Among the many buildings at Toshogu, particularly notable ones include a pretty five story pagoda in front of the main entrance gate. Despite Covid, there were long lines to enter. Admission fee is 1300 yen. Easily accessible with the world heritage bus ticket and get off at stop 82/83.
    Written January 7, 2022
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  • Frederick G
    Flemington, NJ381 contributions
    Not the most impressive Shrine in Japan, but certainly it has the prominence. Layed out in a series of levels, irregular stone steps - makes visiting for some a bit difficult. Crowded at the site and especially in the ropeway leading down to the Shrine itself - I personally think they jam too many into the tram. Worth a visit, but not on the top bucket list.
    Written November 9, 2019
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  • Naturelover33
    Tokyo, Japan31 contributions
    Been there with friends last week.not so far from the station best place to spend your time with friends and also with family as well .located on the peaceful environment.you can get there souvenirs shops and many others shops and restaurant near the street.highly recommended ❤️
    Written June 6, 2022
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  • Guppi8
    Guam, Mariana Islands2 contributions
    This is my third visit to Shinshouji. This time I took my wife for the first time.
    It would be much help and enjoyable if you can hire (for free) a guide to take you around the area. The history and the stories are amazing.
    Written June 6, 2022
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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia708 contributions
    Todaiji was once one of Japan’s Seven Great Temples and houses the world’s largest bronze Buddha. As one of the main sites of interest in Nara, the Temple was originally built in 752 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    The Great Buddha is standing 16 meters tall, and there is a pillar at the back of the hall, which has a hole in the middle. Those who can squeeze through the hole are said to be assured of enlightenment and long life of happiness.

    The Nandaimon Gate which stands at the temple entrance is the largest gate of its kind in Japan, with the two guardians within known as the two kings of Todai-ji.
    The temple is a 19 minute walk from Kintetsu-Nara Station and a 30 minute walk from Nara Station.

    Note that the entry fee is just for entering the complex. If you want to enter the great Buddha hall or the Todaiji Museum, there are separate charges.
    Written April 18, 2022
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  • Shlomi T
    Nagano, Japan1,327 contributions
    The most holly ground in Japan! and a beautiful park all around the area.
    This is by far the most important Shinto religion site in Japan.
    Even if you are not so much into Buddhism or Shinto, the place is so beautiful.
    Lots of green, green and more green.
    The temple itself is very important in Japaneses couture, but not that special visually.
    Written May 24, 2021
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  • Audree
    Canada26 contributions
    This is the birthplace of Zen Buddhism. The Enryaku hotel was, traditional Japanese style, very clean and comfortable- staff was very pleasant and helpful. The food breakfast and dinner was included and extraordinary! Beautiful views of the lake and distant mountains, some days we could see My Fuji in the distance. The Japanese baths were clean and hot. 7am we walked to the main temple to participate in the morning ceremonies. We hiked the mountain and visited the ancient temples, some original and hundreds of years old- learning the story of Zen Buddhism and how it came to be on this sacred mountain.Lots of local pilgrims making offerings and praying- so peaceful
    Written February 14, 2020
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  • TWHK
    Hong Kong, China173 contributions
    I did not plan to go to this temple as it is not often mentioned in travel guides. On the day I went there, I walked along the shopping street and saw a temple at the far end. It seemed to be very nice to take a visit. I did go there and it proved to be a good choice.
    Written August 17, 2019
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  • 1760022
    Tokyo Prefecture, Japan106 contributions
    Despite renewal work that will continue for another five years, the trip to Haruna Jinja is one well-worth making. It will not disappoint.
    Written October 12, 2020
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  • Hiroaki Kaneko
    Tokyo, Japan2,710 contributions
    長野を代表する寺院の一つ。年間を通して国内外から多くの参拝客・観光客が訪れる。にもかかわらず境内は過度な観光地化はされておらず、国籍や年齢問わずほとんどの参拝客・観光客は比較的静かに参拝している。安置されている仏像は勿論のこと、多くの建物自体が国宝もしくは重要文化財に指定されている。
    基本的に境内は無料で利用できるが、一部の建物内(本堂、経蔵、山門等)は入場料金が必要。各建物や安置されている仏像の案内には英語も併記されており、境内に常駐するガイドも必要に応じ英語で案内するため、海外からの観光客も安心して利用できる。
    長野駅から2km程の距離があるため、バスなどの公共交通機関も整備されているが、特に苦にもならない緩やかな坂道である上に、参道や仲見世通りには店も多く立ち並んでいるため、徒歩で参拝する人も多い。
    お勧めの季節は5月の新緑の季節。比較的人も少なく陽の光に照らされた新緑が素晴らしく、清々しい気持ちになれるだろう。お勧めの時間帯は夜。仲見世通り等の店は全て閉まっているが、その分休日でも人の姿はほとんどいない。ライトアップされた本堂を独り占めできるチャンスかもしれない。

    It's one of the representative temples in Nagano. It is visited by many worshippers and tourists from home and abroad throughout the year. In spite of this, the temple grounds are not overly touristy, and most worshippers and tourists, regardless of nationality or age, worship in relative silence. In addition to the enshrined Buddhist statues, many of the buildings themselves have been designated as national treasures or important cultural properties.
    Basically, you can use the temple for free, but some buildings (the main hall, sutra storehouse, temple gate, etc.) require an entrance fee. Information on each building and the Buddha statues enshrined therein is not only Japanese but also written in English, and guides stationed in the temple provide information in English when necessary, so tourists from overseas can use the temple with peace of mind.
    It is about 2 km from Nagano Station, so while public transportation such as buses are available, the road to the temple is a gentle slope that is not particularly difficult, and many stores are lined on the approach and Nakamise Street, so many people visit the temple on foot.
    It is about 2 km from Nagano Station, so while public transportation such as buses are available, the road to the temple is a gentle slope that is not particularly difficult, and many stores are lined on the approach and Nakamise Street, so many people visit the temple on foot.
    My recommendation season to visit is during the fresh green season in May. There are relatively few people here, and the fresh greenery in the sunlight is wonderful and refreshing. The best time to visit is at night. All the stores on Nakamise Street are closed, but this means that even on holidays there are few people around. You may have a chance to see the main hall lit up all by yourself.
    Written May 13, 2021
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  • hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
    Vermont6,800 contributions
    Absolutely lovely - if you catch it just right.

    This ancient abandoned temple is tucked away amidst forests and open fields of tea. The walk up to the temple is long and passes several stalls of local villagers selling produce, plants and trinkets. There’s a small rest house selling food and water.

    Once you get beyond all of this, the walk through the countryside is long but easy, with some uphill passages. There are a few significant buildings along the way, but perhaps the most famous site is the red maple carpet.

    When you get to the temple there is a long, very steep and uneven flight of steps up to the closed and deserted building. But the main attraction in autumn is the carpet of red fallen maple leaves on a section of the path to the temple. This section is closed off to pedestrians from the top and bottom to keep the leaves intact. You can stand at the bottom and photograph up the path which looks like a deep red carpet going up the hill. When we visited it was not nearly as lovely or dramatic as some of the photos we have seen. You really have to hit it just right.

    We were the only Westerners we saw on the paths, but there were very many Japanese tourists. It did not seem crowded since the paths are long and wide and people tended to walk at different paces.

    And, when you find a temple called chicken foot, how can you resist visiting it?
    Written October 14, 2019
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  • Pierluigi F
    Nasushiobara, Japan898 contributions
    But not nice view down: just at the foot of the temple there is a cemetery which - in my opinion - spoils the overall feeling .
    What impressed me the most were the birds (falcons ?) who circled the hill top above the temple.
    Written January 4, 2014
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  • 100nights19flights
    Japan234 contributions
    The autumn colors are amazing. I went on a Monday and it was not busy. For 200 yen it is an incredible value.
    Written November 2, 2021
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,782 contributions
    I visited Shimane Prefecture mainly to see the Izumo Taisha Shrine and it was incredible. I visited over a weekend and it was pretty crowded. There is free parking nearby. The walk from the parking lot to the shrine is not to far but most of it is through a nice park. Once at the Shrine, I was amazed by the whole complex, everything was massive and very nicely kept up. This is considered one of the great Shrines of Japan. I suggest at least one to two hours here, then afterwards can stroll down the street outside the complex and visit some of the shops and restaurants. Overall, the Izumo Taisha Shrine is fascinating and well worth visiting.
    Written October 23, 2020
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