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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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Kinkakuji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
Koyasan Okunoin
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Chureito Pagoda
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Mount Fuji
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Last Samurai
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Katsura Imperial Villa
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Miyajima
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Ise Shrine Geku
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Nijo Castle
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Himeji Castle
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Matsumoto Castle
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This is a fantastic shrine set on hills just ten minutes from central kyoto ideal for those enjoying temples and walks outside,the views are amazing and some greats shops and stalls available nearby
Most people, including us, visit the shrine because of all the amazing images you see associated with its thousands of vermilion torii gates, The red torri gates are incredible, so are the crowds visiting.
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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...
The main hall is amazing and it has a wide wooden deck which overlooks a 40+ foot drop and you can also admire beautiful views of Kyoto as well as the adjacent lush mountain from the deck.
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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.
In order to make your visit complete, you must also visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park, to fully understand the entire WW2 history and the massive effects of the atomic bomb!
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After a leisurely and fun stroll in Nara Park with my memorable deer encounters the pinnacle of my journey is the Great Todai-ji temple (Great Eastern Temple), one of the 7 Great Temples in Japan built in the 8th...
Passing through the giant Southern gate with its large guardians you come into a big courtyard inside the temple grounds, Japans largest wooden temple with enormous historical value to the great dynasty of Nara an...
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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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Along with Matsumoto and Kumamoto Castle, Himeji Castle is one of Japan's three best castles, and UNESCO world heritage site (1993) The White Heron castle is a real star of cinema.
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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Very impressive display, 1,001 side-by-side statues, very beautiful and well done,You will find how peaceful and quiet the Temple is compared with other Temples & Shrines in the city of Kyoto... We highly recommen...
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.
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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.
This little five-story pagoda is glorious.
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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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Mt. Haguro

Tsuruoka
Along the way are several shrines, the five story pagoda and a wonderful rest stop about 3/4 of the way up with a beautiful view, refreshing shaved ice or other food items.
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,...
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Anyway, Hasedera is glorious - little pools, paths, beautiful flowers and trees, excellent view of the sea from Prospect Walk, a restaurant with gorgeous food (try the Temple Curry!), a fun little shrine that's in...
If you visit only one temple complex ...this is the one to visit......so wonderful perched on a hillside with fabulous gardens around all of the buildings amazing sculptures everywhere and a stunning view of the c...
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This is a truly unique shrine, I highly recommend visiting at both high and low tides, the timing for these is easily found online but if you plan to spend a full day on the island you should be able to catch them
In line with Hiroshima being ultra welcoming to tourists, you can get the train (26 minute journey) and the JR ferry (15 minutes and only a 5 minute walk from the train station) for free with your JR Pass.
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This brilliant red pagoda sticks out very clearly throughout Koyasa and after the complex at Okunoin, was the highlight of our trip to Koyasan.
The entire Kouyasan is what composes Kongoubuji Temple, and the Danjou-garan is the equivalent of its main temple.
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... some great carvings on the temples and huge buildings that adorn each side of the stairs to the main shrine/temple, great photo opportunities to be had around here and seems to be a quieter area than other tem...
You can really breathe the fantastic history and culture of this amazing country.
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It had vast grounds 165,000 square meters which included a number of towers, halls, trees, shrubs, statues, engraved stone monuments, a sculpted large pond, waterfall and fountain.
The temple is actually a complex which includes a beatiful garden with a large pond, several shrines, a calligraphy museum and pathways connecting everything.
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This is a fascinating gate with beautiful carvings of dragons, flying horses and other creatures.
It is an entry point to the amazing temple with the interesting acoustic effect – you just need to stay in the right place under the dragon in the ceiling.
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Beautifully crafted and sited in the most perfect position looking onto the river it is simply beautiful, The garden although small is delightful and interesting and leads to perhaps the best feature, the tea hous...
As much as I enjoyed the truly excellent Castle, it was the unassuming Cottage/Gardens at Garyu Sanso that left the most indelible memory of my brief visit to this little town.
Temples, Shinto shrines, quiet walks along wooden planked pathways, moss covered gardens dappled by sunlight, koi ponds, and beautiful, ancient, artwork are all wonderful parts of this very large stretching temple...
This is a must see temple in Kyoto, the gardens are beautiful and are full of small sakura trees which makes for an amazing sight during sakura season.
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Sengan-en

Kagoshima
A short bus ride away from the heart of Kagoshima City, Sengan-en provides the perfect sanctuary for locals and tourists alike from the hustle and bustle of the city.
There are two restaurants and a matcha cafe, gift shops with local crafts of wood and satsuma kiriko (cut-glass crystal), and snacks, sweets and delicacies.
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A short easy walk from the train station brings you to Byodoin Temple with centuries of history this well kept Temple and its breathtaking Buddha humbles you with its tranquility and superb ancient designs.
What a great photo opportunity on a sunny day...the reflection of the lake, the lovely grounds and the spectacularly beautiful and symmetrical Phoenix Hall (said to be the inspiration for Wright’s Imperial Hotel ).
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The south garden is a traditional zen garden, with a sea of raked sand and rocks arranged to represent sacred mountains.
Allow about an hour to walk around the garden including some climbing up rocky paths finish with tea in the tea temple Fifteen minute walk from the station
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A short walk along a well formed trail is well worth the effort as you pass through forest to the site of the castle.
Got into Bitchu Takahashi after lunchtime and went to the tourist information centre which was in Tsutaya bookstore / city library building adjoining JR station to get more information.
It is a completely different story in the early morning, warm sun shine and nice weather to walk around all the shops are preparing to open for the tourists to come, but you can sit along the sea with a cup of Mac...
There are bicycle for the visitors to do sightseeing around the village (free of charge).
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We took a sightseeing bus tour to Ainokura and Shirakawago by Nohi Bus (departed from the Nohi Bus Center near Takayama Station, price is 6690 Yen for an adult, lunch and guide included).
The village is nestled in beautiful mountains and you can walk up above the village to see a really memorable view.
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Shirakawago

Shirakawa-mura
... many of them filled with cafes, restaurants, museums and shops run by people proud of their town, and delighted to look after visitors, and all within an easily walkable distance which made for a perfect day out.
It took us 3 hours to get here from Nagoya via Bus but going there was like going up the mountains of the Swiss alps .. such a beautiful view since i come from a tropikal Country , i truly enjoyed coming here and...
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Water, stones, little bridges – all incorporated into landscape so you can relax and enjoy the nature.
It was really beautiful and peaceful, well worth the visit!
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Absolutely amazing experience, the awesome shrine is well worth the effort to go all the way up the 785 stone steps to the top.
Plenty of steps but take your time as the views of the surrounding countryside are superb.
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Situated next to the "Suicide Cliffs," where the Battle of Okinawa ended, a visit to Okinawa Peace Memorial Park inspires a profound and overwhelming appreciation of the horrific tragedy.
The Peace Memorial Park is a huge place with a well-curated museum of what Okinawa went through during the war and the post-war period.
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