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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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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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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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