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Arashiyama - Kyoto

Arashiyama (嵐山) is a famous tourist district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. It is well known for the wooden bridge crossing Ōi River (大堰川, Ōi-gawa) with forested Mount Arashiyama in the background. At the bridge Ōi River changes name, and becomes Katsura River (桂川, Katsura-gawa).

Other key sites of interest in Arashiyama are Tenryuji Temple (Tenryū-ji), a leading Zen Buddhist temple, and the famous bamboo grove nearby.

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Bamboo grove in Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan near the famous Tenryu-ji temple. Tenryuji is a Zen Buddhist temple which means “temple of the heavenly dragon” and is a World Cultural Heritage Site.

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Close-up of cast iron metal face statue outside Tenryu-ji temple in Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan.

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Orange coloured shrine lantern with a maple tree branch hanging over it and the shrine in the background.

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Bamboo grove behind a traditional grass fence.

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Bamboo grove behind a traditional grass fence.

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Dense bamboo grove canopy in Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan near the famous Tenryu-ji temple.



Mount Koya

Mount Koya (高野山, Kōya-san) is a mountain in Wakayama prefecture to the south of Osaka. First settled in 819 by the monk Kūkai, Mt Koya is primarily known as the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism.

Mount Koya temple pathway

Pathway leading through the maple tree forest to the temples on Koya mountain, Japan.

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Nara Todai-ji Temple by night

Tōdai-ji (東大寺, Tōdai-ji), meaning the Eastern Great Temple, is a Buddhist temple complex located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall (大仏殿 Daibutsuden), reputedly the largest wooden building in the world, houses a colossal bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese as the Daibutsu (大仏).

Nara Todai-ji temple inner gate

Illuminated evening view of the inner gate and wall surrounding Todaiji Temple with a pond in the foreground in Nara, Japan. Todaiji Temple can be seen in the background behind the wall.

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Frontal view of the inner gate and wall surrounding Todaiji Temple with reflections in the pond in the foreground in Nara, Japan. Todaiji Temple can be seen in the background behind the wall.

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