Historic Sites in Japan

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  • Valeriane P
    Villeurbanne, France31 contributions
    I went there several times, alone, in couple, in family and with friends, and it always has been a really good experience.
    It's a very nice walk, and the view from the top is beautiful.
    Perfect spot for photos obviously.
    If you dare explore a bit off the paths, you can find a lot of cool places as well, like mini temples and quieter places in nature.
    I definitely recommend going, but preferably early in the morning, before it gets insanely crowded.
    The walk from the station to the shrines is cool as well, you can sample different kind of street food.
    Written May 12, 2022
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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia705 contributions
    This is also known as the White Heron Castle and considered Japan's most spectacular. It comprises 83 buildings and dates from the Shogun period. I personally found this my favourite castle. It is impressive, elegant and unique especially the six story wooden structure. The open field is great for photo opportunities. If you visit the main building, there are steep stairs ascending the floors which are mostly unfurnished and only a few have displays. We visited right at the beginning of Covid in March 2020 so there were very few tourists. From Himeji station, it is about 15 mins walk. Do not miss this when visiting Japan.
    Written April 16, 2022
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  • Celyn T
    Luzon, Philippines94 contributions
    Seeing the dome was humbling yet saddening. The war had devastated this structure, but it still stands today as a reminder of the past.
    Written January 9, 2022
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  • William S
    Kobe, Japan1,176 contributions
    We’ve seen many homes and gardens in Japan and Senganen was one of the most impressive. The house is not just historic it is gorgeous. The staff are helpful (some English spoken) and clearly proud to be working there. The gardens are really remarkable with ponds, small buildings, fountains and great walking areas. It’s March and there are lots of trees and flowers in bloom but it must be gorgeous most of the year. There’s a lot of English signage which is helpful along with young, enthusiastic staff. The shops are interesting with local traditional sweets along with beautiful crafts. We aren’t so fond of cut glass but the production here is a quite remarkable. Expensive and wonderful. We spent 3-4 hours wandering around and having lunch in the cafe - which was also quite good. Keep a watch for someone ordering one of the deserts with tea - the making of the tea is an interesting exhibition.
    Written March 23, 2020
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  • 1william5555
    Hummelstown, PA236 contributions
    Take free tour. Stayed at an airport hotel. Took free shuttle to rail station then took a pleasant 15 min walk to the temple complex. Checked in and we asked for the free English guide of the complex. The tour was about an hour and a half. It looked as if we were the only ones to take advantage of the free guide. We got so much more information having a guide. No signs in English so ask for information counter in is on the left after you go through the grand entrance.
    Written July 19, 2021
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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia705 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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  • HaruKenchiru
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia54 contributions
    Has anyone heard of Ghibli studio Laputa, Castle in the sky? Well, this island was the background inspiration for that animation. It was an interesting island though one need to really go early else there will be a long waiting queue since there is only 1 ferry operator from the Kada port, Wakayama. Also, some instruction was not really clear and lack of English direction. For example, one of the bunker no 5, if not mistaken was closed but it was not on any notice. Imagined walking up the hill only to find out it was not accessible? (Tiring to do so). Nevertheless, for those who are interested, please visit the bunker no 3 which is the place that inspired Laputa, the movie.
    Written December 6, 2019
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  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy519 contributions
    The Aichi Prefecture is not so much known among Western tourists, but it has many hidden jewels you should discover! Inuyama Castle is one of them. Trivia: in Japanese, Inuyama means “mountain of the dog”
    Written July 5, 2021
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  • hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
    Vermont6,742 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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  • treesrgreenie
    Adelaide, Australia173 contributions
    Climb uneven stone steps to reach the top where the castle is. Prepare to take off your shoes before entry. Plastic bags provided to carry with you. Very steep wooden stairs inside but worth the climb to the top. The views are lovely. Quite steep again walking down but the castle is really old and a great insight to how it was back in its time. Watch your head. The beams are quite low so we heard a few bangs of the head from time to time.
    Written January 26, 2020
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  • Kurush
    Mahim, India6 contributions
    Lovely castle made largely from wood. Has 4 floors and view from every floor is fantastic! Shoes have to be removed and carried with you.
    Written September 3, 2021
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  • IZ_Zardai
    Tokyo, Japan157 contributions
    The castle is a faithful reconstruction of the original castle standing here. Okazaki is supposed to be the location where Tokugawa Iyeasu was born, hence the place's historical importance. The castle grounds are lovely and staff are friendly. There are a few young employees walking around giving out information, maps and they are dressed up as samurai in beautiful period costumes. Nice to take a walk there.
    Written January 24, 2019
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  • BROs IN JAPAN
    Japan182 contributions
    We think that the Hasedera is the best temple to visit during a Kamakura trip in June. Not only can you enjoy hydrangea flowers floating in several of the temple's ponds, but also a small grotto, one of the biggest wooden figure in Japan and an observation platform with ocean view.
    Do bring enough time though since the temple closes at 5PM.
    Written July 1, 2021
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  • kdoi2017
    Chicago, IL236 contributions
    This old buiding was built more than 100 years ago, and used as guest house for the Meiji Emperor, which was renovated recently very nicely. It is worthwhile to visit and see rooms in the bulding.
    Written August 19, 2018
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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia705 contributions
    The temple was designated to UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most famous building in the temple, the Phoenix Hall which hold the Amida Buddha statue and two statues of phoenix on the roof. The hall is pictured on 10 yen coin. Although Byodo-in Temple is one of the greatest and most spectacular temples in Kyoto, many visitors skip to visit there since it’s located in Uji city, which is approx 30 mins away from Kyoto station by train. So if you want to avoid mass crowds at Kyoto’s tourist sights, this temple is a really great destination. It really is spectacular to see. From Kyoto station, take the Nara line to Uji and walk about 15 mins. Don't forget to try some matcha in town as it is famous for this.
    Written January 24, 2022
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