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  • Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto

    Dragon water spout at the Higashi Honganji Temple in Kyoto, Japan

  • The "Magnificient White Heron" Castle

    Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, seen from outside of the northern compound wall. Himeji-jo is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture, comprising 83 buildings with highly developed systems of defence and ingenious protection devices dating from the beginning of the Shogun period. It is a masterpiece of construction in wood, combining function with aesthetic appeal, both in its elegant appearance unified by the white plastered earthen walls and in the subtlety of the relationships between the building masses and the multiple roof layers.

  • Himeji Castle

    Himeji Castle, located in the Hyōgo Prefecture in Japan, dates back to 1333, was one of the first registered UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan

  • Horin-ji Temple, Arashiyama

    Panoramic view over Kyoto from the Horin-ji Temple in Arashiyama

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace

    Gate at the garden of the Emperor Library at the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Japan

  • Togetsukyo Bridge Arashiyama

    View over the Oi River from the Togetsukyo (Moon Crossing) Bridge in Arashiyama, Kyoto. The current below Togetsukyo bridge is called the Oi River while later downstream, it becomes known as the Katsura River. Furthermore, in the Kameoka and Kyoto basins, the waterway is referred to as the Hozu River.

  • Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto

    The famous Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto

  • Hot spring foot bath in Arashiyama

    Hot spring foot bath on the platform of the Randen Line Train Station in Arashiyama, Kyoto

  • Ninna-ji Temple, Kyoto

    The five-storied pagoda at the Buddhist Ninna-ji Temple in western Kyoto, Japan. Ninna-ji is the head temple of the Omuro school of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism

  • Rokkaku-dō Temple in Kyoto

    Statue at the Buddhist Rokkaku-dō Temple in Kyoto, Japan

  • Ryoan-ji Temple Gardens Kyoto

    The large pond at the garden of the Bddhist Ryoan-ji temple in Kyoto, Japan

  • North entrance of the Shinsen en garden in Kyoto

    In 794, when Emperor Kanmu established 'Heiankyo', the ancient capital of Japan from 794 to 1185, the swamp in the southern part of the Imperial Palace was reclaimed to make a garden. The garden was named Shinsen-en because it had a spring gushing within. The garden encompassed the main palace 'Kenrinlaku', the palace for the enjoyment of fishing, 'Tsuri-dono' and the palace of the waterfall 'Taki-dono', as well as the big pond and the island. It is said that successive emperors and aristocrats enjoyed various events and parties here, such as boating, flower viewing, writing poetry, archery and sumo wrestling.

  • Gohozan Sorin-in Temple (Yamashina Shoten)

    This is a sub-temple of the Bishamon-do Monzeki. It was founded in 1665, at the same time as Bishamon-do. The principal image is a statue of the Buddhist deity Daishokangiten (Shoten), revered by the imperial prince Kojun Hoshinno. This image is worshipped alongside more than 70 other Shoten statues, donated to the temple in later years by other temples and many followers, includin Takeda Shingen. The number of Shoten images is unparalleled. Widely revered as Yamashina Shoten, the temple is regarded as having the power to grant wishes. Fudo-do hall, which greets the visitors entering by the main gate, is of a special structure that allows the burning of prayer sticks within the hall. This hall houses a Fudo-Myo statue with a unique lineage. The statue was made out of more than 100 parts of Buddhist statues from different eras in Japan's past.

  • Sanmon Gate at Tofuku-ji Temple

    Season's ver for the water lillies at the Sanmon Gate at Tofuku-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto, Japan

    Torii gate tunnel through the forest at the Shinto Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto, Japan

  • Koyasu Pagoda, Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

    The three-storied pagoda of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Built in 1633, the pagoda is dedicated to Koyasu Kannon, a goddess who grants safe delivery of children. There is a legend saying that the pregnant women who are climbing here will have a safe and easy childbirth.

  • Ōtani Mausoleum Kyoto

    A stone relief inlay in a rock boulder near the entrance of the Ōtani Mausoleum makes the rock look like a face from a distance

  • Kamoe-ji Temple in Hamamatsu, Japan

    Battered figure as roof decoration at the Kamoe-ji Temple in Hamamatsu, Japan

  • Bishamon-do temple Kyoto, Japan

    Garden and pond at the Bishamon-do temple in Kyoto, Japan

  • Yamashina Canal and Anshoji River

    Yamashina Canal and Anshoji River The transport of water from Lake Biwa began with the 1st Lake Biwa Canal, on which construction began in 1885. The construction of the canal required the damming of some river and valley water flow from the mountains in the northern part of Yamashina. Outlets were created between Fujio and Yamashina to bring water from the lake to every corner of Yamashina. The course of Anshoji River was altered during construction, and the brick arch bridge built over the river in 1887 produced a graded separation where the canal passes over the river.

  • Sanmon Gate at Tofukuji Temple Kyoto

    The Sanmon, or enlightenment gate at Tofukuji is the largest and oldest Zen temple gate in Japan and so is a designated national treasure.

  • Trail in Maisaka, Hamamatsu, Japan

    Trail through the pine trees on top of the dike leading to the Maisaku Lighhouse, Hamamatsu

  • Downtown Hamamatsu, Japan

    At 213 meters (699 ft), the ACT Tower is by far the highest building in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The building was designed to resemble a harmonica, acknowledging the musical instrument manufacturers headquartered in Hamamatsu that include Yamaha, Roland, Kawai and Tokai.

  • Kamoe-ji Temple in Hamamatsu, Japan

    Misshaku Kongō or Agyō, one of the two Niō, the muscular guardians at the entrance of the Kamoe-ji Temple in Hamamatsu, Japan

  • Kamoe-ji Temple in Hamamatsu, Japan

    Buddhist deities at the Kamoe-ji Temple in Hamamatsu, Japan

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