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Toji Temple

Toji Temple (東寺, Tō-ji) is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Shingon sect in Kyoto, Japan. Its name means East Temple. Toji Temple is within easy walking distance of JR Kyoto Station.

One of the main features of Toji Temple is the 57 metre tall pagoda, which is the tallest wooden tower in Japan. The pagoda is a key symbol of Kyoto and dates back to the Edo period.

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Five-storey, 57 m high pagoda tower in Toji Temple is the tallest wooden tower in Japan.

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Kyoto city

The Kyoto Tower (京都タワー) is a 131 metre high observation tower in Kyoto, located opposite JR Kyoto station. The observation deck is 100 metres about the ground.

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Heian Jingu Shrine

The Heian Jingu Shrine (平安神宮, Heian jingū) built in 1895, is a very famous Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan and a popular tourist destination. It was built to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of the establishment of Heian-kyo, which is the old name of Kyoto. Outside the shrine is the huge orange torii gate, the largest in Japan, which spans over the road.

The Heian Jingu hosts the Jidai Matsuri, one of the three most important festivals of Kyoto. The procession of this festival begins at the old Imperial Palace, and involves carrying mikoshi (portable shrines) of Emperors Kammu and Komei to Heian Jingu.

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Huge orange torii gate, the largest in Japan spans over the street before the Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto. Built in 1929, it is just over 24 metres high and 34 metres wide at the top.

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Main gate of Heian Jingu Shrine.

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Part of the Heian Jingu Shrine buildings.

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Main building of Heian Jingu Shrine.

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Another angle of part of the shrine.

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Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu Temple (Kiyomizu-dera, 音羽山清水寺) is a UNESCO World Heritage listed Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The temple’s origin dates back to 798, but the current buildings were constructed in 1633, which makes it one of the oldest temples in Kyoto city.

Main gateway of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto Japan.

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Gateway of Kiyomizu Temple

Gateway of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto Japan, with the mountains in the background.

Gateway of Kiyomizu Temple

Gateway of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto Japan, with the city of Kyoto in the background. Kiyomizu-dera is one of the most famous and most visited temples in Kyoto.

Gateway of Kiyomizu Temple

Gateway of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto Japan, with the mountains in the background.

Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto Japan, with the city of Kyoto in the background. Kiyomizu-dera is one of the most famous and most visited temples in Kyoto.

Autumn at Kiyomizu temple

Stone steps covered in red maple leaves leading up to Kiyomizu temple in autumn.

Bell shrine at Kiyomizu Temple

Bell shrine surrounded by trees of the gardens at the entrance of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto Japan.

Gion Tower in Daiunin Temple

Gion Tower in Daiunin Temple during autumn. This temple for famous samurai is a popular sight on the way to Kiyomizu temple.

Gion Tower in Daiunin Temple

Gion Tower in Daiunin Temple during autumn.

Yasaka pagoda tower

Yasaka pagoda tower, Hokanji Temple over the rooftops of houses near Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto Japan.



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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