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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.



Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle (姫路城, Himeji-jō) is a flatland-mountain Japanese castle complex located in Himeji in Hyōgo Prefecture and comprising 83 wooden buildings. It is occasionally known as Hakurojō or Shirasagijō (White Heron Castle) because of its brilliant white exterior.

Along with Matsumoto Castle and Kumamoto Castle, it is one of Japan’s “Three Famous Castles”, and is the most visited castle in Japan.

Himeji Castle main tower

Landscape view of the main tower of Himeji Castle on the hillside during the daytime with trees of the castle grounds in the foreground and blue sky with thin white clouds in the background.

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Himeji Castle moat and entrance

Entrance to Himeji Castle grounds surrounded by a moat with main gate and bridge crossing in the foreground and Himeji Castle with clear blue sky in the background.

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Main tower of Himeji Castle on the hillside with bonsai pine trees of the castle gardens in the foreground.

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Osaka Castle



Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle (大阪城, Ōsaka-jō) is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one kilometre square. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside. The Castle grounds, which cover approximately 60,000 square metres contain 13 structures which have been designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government, including the Toyokuni Shrine.

Osaka Castle

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Osaka Castle

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Osaka Castle

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Osaka Castle

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Osaka Castle

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Himeji Castle