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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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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.



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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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 (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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