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- Temples

Yudonosan

TOHOKU

Yudonosan Shrine is under 5 km of Gassan mountaintop, and it looks mysterious and profound in deep ravine,worship is permitted only after cleaning the body without wearing shoes.It seems that mind is cleansed.There are some temples with Sokushinbutsu, monks who transformed their own bodies into mummies while still living,which is a mysterious experience of touching the essence of the Japanese Budd...

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Risshaku-ji Temple(Yama-dera )

TOHOKU

Risshaku-ji is a temple made on the slope of the mountain for 860 years, called another name Yama-dera .It is a typical Japanese mountain temple. Various temples and halls are built on the top 1,000 stairs.All about temples such as the atmosphere, prospects from the cliff are worth seeing....

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Zenko-ji Temple

CHUBU

Zenko-ji Temple has a history of about 1400 years. Everyone in Japan loved this temple.In the Edo period, people said, ”must visit Zenko-ji temple once in a life time”It has many tourists that worship now.The main hall is designated as a national treasureand built in the traditional Japanese style of architecture in the Edo period....

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Hida-kokubunji

CHUBU

Hida-kokubunji is said that a gate moved from Takayama Castle, a three-storied towerand a ginkgo tree of 1200 years old form the Hida-kokubunji, which is a characteristic temple....

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Chuson-ji Temple

TOHOKU

The temple was built by the Fujiwara Family for praying for peaceful Utopia of Buddhism in the twelfth century.It is dotted with the buildings of the temple in the forest of the hill, and every building has its historical value,so each building is worth seeing.Among them, the most striking one as a historical inheritance is the Konjikido.It is a precious building decorated with golden leaves throu...

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Motsu-ji Temple

TOHOKU

It is a temple built in the twelfth century erection in the south of Chuson-ji Temple.Though it was burnt down, "Jodo Garden" meaning heaven is leftand old prosperity can be imagined through it.There is a promenade around the pond in the garden....

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Takkoku-iwaya

TOHOKU

Takkoku-iawaya is a temple painted in red located under the cliff of 35meters high 6 km to southwest of Chuson-ji.There is a huge Statue of Buddha inscribed on the polished cliff, and it is so quiet because of few visitors,so it is an out‐of‐the‐way place.Though tours buses via Motsu-ji Temple arrive here, cycling in the rural atmosphere is pleasant, too.NowThe cherry trees are currently in full b...

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Zuigan-ji Temple

TOHOKU

The typical temple of Tohoku was built in 1609 by Date Masamune who was a ruler of this area.It is a temple but, in fact, the function as a castle is a certainly rare.The high level pictures in the temple are evaluated as the representation of the Japanese natural view....

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Entsu-ji Temple

TOHOKU

Entsuuji Temple is next to Zuigan-ji Temple.The quiet atmosphere of the garden is really wonderful.Though Seeing cherry blossoms at night is popular, its quietness is felt throughout the year....

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Myozen-ji Temple

CHUBU

Myozen-ji Temple is a temple founded in 1748, and the roof all thatched temple is rare in Japan.Among them, five-storied Kuri (kitchen of the temple) built about 200 years ago of the Edo periodis the biggest a rafter roof building,where old agricultural machinery and daily articles are displayed....

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Kinbusen-ji Temple

KANSAI

It is a mountain temple on a ridge of Mount Yoshino, built for monks practicing asceticism.Tourists are fascinated by 68 pillars in the magnificent main hall of a Buddhist temple.After all the atmosphere of this powerful temple seems to affect essence of the mountains religion deeply with simplicity,and a reporter likes this harshness.The scenery of the village of the cherry trees from here is spl...

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Todai-ji Temple

KANSAI

Todai-ji Temple is the symbol of Nara,where there is the Hall of Daibutsu or the Great Buddha of the world biggest wooden construction,Hokke-do with wonderful sculpture group and Nigatsu-do Hall which is famous for the festivalthat the Buddhist priest with a big torch is displayed on the temple.The huge Hall of the Great Buddha where the technique of the ancient Japanese building was used is the b...

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Kongo-buji Temple

KANSAI

On seeing the roof of cypress barks, various rooms, pictures on sliding paper doors and the garden,a visitor will be overwhelmed by the tradition of 1200 years.It is unmissable....

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Okunoin Temple

KANSAI

It is a path of 2 km long from Ichinohashi Bridge to Kukai Mausoleum.A path among the huge trees of the cedar, in overwhelming numerical memorial towers,a visitor may feel that he is connected with the human ancestorswho continued surely growing for tens of thousands of years and with the dead while walking.What will you feel?...

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Daishoin Temple

CHUGOKU

Buddha statues and stone statues of various expressions are seen after a 10-minute walkon the slope from the Itsukushima Shrine.It is a hidden little-known spot....

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Tahoto Pagoda

CHUGOKU

t is a unique tower of 16 meters high with cylindrical upper parts, square lower parts and a pyramid roof.It is not allowed to enter in it.Itsukushima Shrine can be seen from here too....

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Daijo-ji Temple

CHUBU

Daijo-ji Temple is the temple which is famous for Zen meditation.Zen meditation is carried out at half past four every day and the afternoon of Sunday,those interested in Japanese Zen culture can participate freely, which is recommended.In addition, it is possible to stay a night and have a full experience of Zen meditation.A prior reservation is necessary. Of course, to sit in on the temple witho...

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Danjogaran Temple

KANSAI

Danjogaran is a temple with the meaning of ‘Garden of the Quietness’ that a Buddhist trains himselfand is the head temple of the whole  Koyasan with Kondo or the main hall and Kopon Daitowhich is a pagoda that according to Shingon doctrine lined in it, which is a symbol of  Koyasan.Above all, 16 Buddhist paintings on 16 pillars in Konpon Daito are the main points....

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Kofuku-ji Temple

KANSAI

It was a temple of Fujiwara Family who had strong powers from the ancient times to the Middle Ages,the five-storied Pagoda of 50 meters high is so excellent among the Japanese templesthat you will be overwhelmed if you look up nearby.In addition, be sure to have a look at the statues of Buddha in the National Treasure Museum.You will be surprised at their expressiveness....

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Toshodai-ji Temple

KANSAI

It is a temple which was built by the Chinese priest, Ganjin who came to Japan in the Nara period.Kondo or the main hall  has never been damaged by disasters since the Nara period and in ityou can see a statue of Buddha called Senju Kannon who has 1000 hands.The temple is a little to the west of Nara downtown....

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Yakushi-ji Temple

KANSAI

Yakushi-ji Temple is near Toshodai-ji Temple and it is well known for the Triple Tower a beautiful national treasure,but it is not allowed to visit because of restoration construction....

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Chugu-ji Temple

KANSAI

One of the best sculptures of the statue of Buddha in the world is near the main hall.The smile of Mona Lisa is famous, but the mysterious smile of this Buddha statue attracts people too.Do not skip this it because it is in the Horyu-ji Temple site....

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Hoki-ji Temple ,Horin-ji Temple

KANSAI

There was a triple tower in the Hoki-ji Temple which was valued the same as the one in Horyu-ji Temple.The triple tower of Horin-ji Temple disappeared because of a thunderbolt,but the beauty of the rural scenery around these two temples is so tasteful that tourists forget time.Tourists are hoped to explore the beautiful scenery of the rural district here....

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Kichiden-ji Temple

KANSAI

KIchiden-ji is a small temple among the bamboo forest, but is the temple which is popularas a legend to be able to reach death without any pains, without getting sick....

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Konponchudo

KANSAI

Konponchudo is the main building of Todo, where there is the “Immortal Consecrated Light”which has been extinguished for 1200 years.It refers to teaching of Buddha....

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Shakado

KANSAI

Shakado is 1 km away from Todo which is the main building of Saito.It is the oldest building in Enryaku-ji Temple which features simplicity of big roof....

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Ninaito

KANSAI

Two temples of the same form are connected by a corridor,it is the most unique building of all temples in Japan.It is in Saito....

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Yokawachudo

KANSAI

Yokawachudo is the main building in Yokawa area which is 4 km away from Saito.It looks like a stage with its structure and generally seems that a ship is floating on the water, which is its feature....

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Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple

KANSAI

It is a Yamadera or a Mountain Temple , located in the northwest of Himeji Castle 0f 371 meters above sea leveland it called the  West Hieizan compare with Hieizan in the east of Kyoto because the temple is studded with buildings of the mountain.Many temples were built 500 years ago and are solemn,and the atmosphere of natural rich mountains temple surrounds the site which makes it an attractive t...

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Senko-ji Temple

CHUGOKU

Senko-ji Temple is accessible by ropeway, and is a representative temple of Onomichi.The prospects of the town of Onomichi and islands of the Seto Inland Sea seen from the temple are very splendid.Going down from the temple on foot without using the ropeway is recommended.Only this temple is recommended to those who are impossible to visit whole temples....

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Tennei-ji Temple

CHUGOKU

The three-storied tower of the temple is beautiful and Zazen or Zen Meditation is heldon Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday early morning.Reservation for Zazen or Zen Meditation is necessary to make ahead of two daysTel: 0848-22-2078....

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Mitaki-dera Templ

CHUGOKU

Though it is a little far away from the city, it is very quiet in nature.Three small waterfalls and Buddha statues, temples and calm atmosphere surround the area.It is really a good temple....

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Gessho-ji Temple

CHUGOKU

It is a temple of Matsudaira who was a Daimyo of Matsue Castle,which is surrounded by garden and the Matsudaira Family burial ground is a quiet temple....

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Ichibata-ji Temple

CHUGOKU

Ichibata-ji Temple is said that people with ill eyes were cured of their eyes after worshiping in the templewhose name is the origin of the Ichibata Train.It is on a mountain of 300 meters above sea level, reachable after climbing 1300 steps of stone stairways.It is possible to detour around to the temple by car.The scenery of Lake Shinji from the temple is splendid, too....

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Kasagataki-ji Temple

SHIKOKU

Kasagataki-ji Temple is Yamadera which was built to be stuck to the rocky mountain of the cliff locatedin the western mountains of Shodoshima Island.Scenery, terraced paddy field which is seen after climbing while passing through the caveand holding chains is really impressive....

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Hashikura-ji Temple

SHIKOKU

It is a temple located on the mountaintop of 600 meters above sea level and covered with cedar treesand cypress trees with an atmosphere of Yamadera(mountain temple).It is a group of constructions of splendid sculptures and is one of the temples which the reporter likes.A ropeway to the mountaintop is available.                                                                            Photo ...

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Tocho-ji Temple

KYUSHU

Tocho-ji temple was dedicated to a famous monk called Kobo Daishi.It is one of the oldest and considered the main temple of Shingon Buddhism sect.The temple has one Senjukan-non Buddhist statue of about 87cm that is carved from a single log of black pine.It is a national treasure for of its rarity and the unusual hexagonal shape of the temple....

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Shofuku-ji Temple

KYUSHU

One of Japan’s oldest Zen temple.Visitors can see the Sanmon gate, pond, and a historical wall.Because of its vast area the Zen temple still maintain its unique and calm atmosphere....

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Joten-ji Temple

KYUSHU

It is a temple that was built in 1242. It is also located where the famous Gion Yamakasa Festival originated.It is the birthplace of Udon and soba noodles and manju buns.In the temple, a stone memorial that readst he place where udon and soba were first made can be found....

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Sofuku-ji Temple

KYUSHU

The temple was built by a Chinese living in Nagasaki in the Edo period, so it is Chinese stylish.It is completely different from the Japanese ones,the excellent gate and main hall fully expressed the feeling of the Chinese to miss his hometown....

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Kofuku-ji Temple

KYUSHU

The temple was also built by a Chinese, so it is a Chinese-style temple.As it is painted red, it is called the‘Red Temple.It is the oldest Chinese-style temple in Japan.                                                                                                                       ...

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Shofuku-ji Temple

KYUSHU

Shofuku-ji Temple was built in the Edo period.It is different from other temples in Nagasaki by not being painted red,but it is pretty quiet because it is surrounded by the forest of nature. ...

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Koumyo Zen-ji Temple

KYUSHU

The Temple was built in 746, only two halls still remain,but the Japanese oldest bell is kept there and huge Buddha Statues of five meters high are especially symbolic.It is worth seeing though fee is charged....

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Kanzeon-ji Temple

KYUSHU

Kanzeon-ji Temple was built in 746, only two halls still remain,but the Japanese oldest bell is kept there and huge Buddha Statues of five meters high are especially symbolic.It is worth seeing though fee is charged....

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Nichirin-ji Temple

KYUSHU

The temple is not only famous for its cherry and azaleablossoms in springbut also the great statue of Buddha and Japanese-style garden.During the blossom season, the flowers of azalea are up to the mountaintop,which makes a wonderful scene....

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Kumano-magaibutsu

KYUSHU

It is a Buddha Statue in cliffs and rocks located in the Kumanosan-taizoji Temple.There is a place 300 meters away from the Temple, where a legend is said that an ogre piled up the pave overnight.Climbing along the stone pave, tourists may see two huge Images of Buddha engraved on the cliff rocks.Two stone statues of Buddha have a slightly mysterious gentleness.Japanese statues of Buddha have mild...

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Fuki-ji Temple

KYUSHU

It is a classic temple which is said to be built in the twelfth century and the oldest wooden architecture in Kyushu.The gate and frescos show the history, which makes it tasteful, elegant and feel calm.It is the symbolic temple on the Kunisaki Peninsula.In addition, the one-hour mini-Zen meditation , Zazen experience is possible here, too.Those who want to know about Zen meditation a little may e...

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Makiodo Temple

KYUSHU

Makiodo Temple was once a big temple, but burned down 700 years ago.Now it is a small temple with a hall and a storage warehouse,but the face of the Buddha statue is so beautiful that it is worth seeing for those who like Buddha statues....

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Tennen-ji Temple

KYUSHU

Tennen-ji Temple is famous for its Stone Statue dug to the rock for a wish of preventing floods.It is a beauty spot where strangely shaped rocks called Tennenjiyaba continue in the outskirts of the temple.The arched bridge of the stone in the mountain behind the temple is thrilling.It takes 40 minutes to climb up to the top and from there splendid views can be seen....

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