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Sapporo in Hokkaido
Sapporo in western Hokkaido is divided up in a grid pattern, and is the largest city on the island. The city contains many essential sights: the Sapporo City Clock, which has been marking time for over a century.During the snow festival, this big park is lined with magnificent snow statues and beautiful ice statues.
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Wakkanai in Hokkaido
The northernmost city in Japan offers many interesting experiences. You can enjoy many different kinds of fresh seafood, natural hot springs, and numerous snow-related activities.SOYA Scenic Byway is organized at Wakkanai City, Toyotomi Town, Sarufutsu Village, Rishiri Island and Rebun island.
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Shiretoko in Hokkaido
A World Natural Heritage Site
.The Shiretoko-hanto Peninsula in northeastern Hokkaido juts out into the Sea of Okhotsk. It is said to be the last unexplored region of Japan, and consists of steep mountain peaks. Shiretoko is known as a "waterfall kingdom," and many waterfalls can be seen from the sightseeing boat.
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Furano in Hokkaido
Furano created the Furano Lavender-no-Mori lavender field to commemorate the anniversary of itsgovernment. Many people visit the lavender field in summer when the lavender bloom is at its best. Taking a stroll along the path through the forest of sweetly scented lavender is really a must when you visit Furano in summer.
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Otaru in Hokkaido
Otaru is situated in the western part of Hokkaido, facing Ishikari Bay.The glassworks shops, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping malls along the canal have been converted from stone-built. When night falls, oil lamps on the cobbled streets are lit, and the town evokes a gentle, nostalgic mood.
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Niseko in Hokkaido
Niseko is a large resort area encompassing Mt. Yotei-zan, which looks like Mt. Fuji, and has the Niseko Mountain Range at its center. You can enjoy a variety of outdoor sports throughout the year, including skiing, hiking and rafting.There are also so many hot springs that it is said to take six days to visit them all.
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Hakodate in Hokkaido
A morning market is held at the bay area near the railway station, where more than 360 stalls packed tightly together attract shoppers with freshly caught squid, scallops, salmon eggs, Atka mackerel, and many other kinds of fresh fish and shellfish. A five-minute walk will take you to the moored Seikan Strait ferryboat.
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Kushiro Marsh in Hokkaido
Two thousand spectacular varieties of animals and plants thrive in Kushiro, Japan's largest marshland. This is a huge marsh with an overall area of 183 square kilometers, and was the first Japanese marshland registered under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
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Shirakami Mountains in Aomori
A World Natural Heritage Site
.The Shirakami Mountains spread 130,000 hectares over Aomori and Akita.The untouched primeval beech forest in the range is one of the world's largest.Anmon-no-taki Falls, the most beautiful scenery in the Shirakami Mountains, is a must-see.
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Lake Towada-ko in Aomori
Lake Towada-ko is at the top of a 400-meter-high mountain on the border between Aomori and Akita. There are four observation points set up around the lake, so you can enjoy the lake's appearance from different angles by a sightseeing boats leave from the Yasumiya bus terminal.
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Oirase Mountain Stream in Aomori
The Oirase-gawa River flows from Lake Towada-ko, and the 14-kilometer source section between Nenokuchi and Yakeyama is called the Oirase Mountain Stream.Also worth seeing are Kumoi-no-taki Falls, the Choshi-otaki Falls,Tamasudare-no-taki Falls and the Shiraito (white thread)-no-taki Falls.
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Kakunodate in Akita
Kakunodate is a quiet town in the eastern region of Akita. It is enclosed on three sides by mountains and Hinokinai-gawa. The town has been developed into a castle town after the original township arrangement in the 17th century. The town has a refined and elegant atmosphere, as is called the Little Kyoto of Michinoku.
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Lake Tazawa-ko in Akita
Among the mystically beautiful clear lazuline waters stands the golden statue of Tatsuko, the maiden of legendary beauty. The cherry blossoms, the verdure, the autumn leaves, and the white snow. The scenery of Tazawako weaves the beauty of the four seasons, resembling impressionism paintings.
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Ryusen-do in Iwate
The mysterious, raw beauty of underground lakes. Experience the deep, dark beauty of Japan's famous limestone caves here.Over 3,000 meters of the cave is already known and 700 meters of this is open to the public.Spring water gushing out from deep within the cave forms deep pools in several places.
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Zao in Yamagata
This winter sports paradise is a real "winter wonderland," with clusters of spectacular ice-covered trees.Fall are the best seasons for trekking or sightseeing. Zao Onsen is one of the most famous sulfurous hot springs in Japan. The hot natural volcanic waters will relax and refresh your body and mind.
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Sendai in Miyagi
A castle town called "The City of Trees." Sendai City, situated in the center of Miyagi Prefecture, is the largest city in the Tohoku region.The Tanabata-matsuri Festival, held every summer in Sendai, is considered one of the four greatest festivals drawing crowds of over 2 million spectators every year.
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Bandai-Kogen Highlands in Fukushima
The area to the north of Mt. Bandai-san in Bandai-kogen Highlands that lies in the northern part of Fukushima Prefecture is called Ura-Bandai, and is part of Bandai-Asahi National Park. A promenade allows visitors to tour this unique area with its 40 different lakes and ponds,a walk that takes about an hour.
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Oze in Fukushima
Oze is set on a plateau that ranges in elevation from 1,400-1,700 meters above sea level, and is the largest high moor in Japan. It is covered with some 400 shallow pools, crowds of creeping pine trees.Trails of wooden walkways are laid out through the patches of bog plants to serve as hiking paths.
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Kinugawa Hot Springs in Tochigi
Just 2 hours from Tokyo, Kinugawa Hot Spring is one of Japan's foremost spa resorts, boasting an abundant supply of hot spring water and a deep sense of harmony with the rich natural surroundings of Nikko National Park. The scene of the valley changes its color by azaleas in spring and red leaves in autumn.
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Kusatsu Hot Springs in Gunma
Setting gSpring Quality Firsth as its motto, the quality of Kusatsu Onsenfs water has been widely recognized since ancient times. It has been identified as one of Japanfs top three locations for hot spring water. The therapeutic benefits are so high, the traditional song, It as able to gcure everything but love sicknessh.
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Oarai in Chiba
The shallow beach surrounded by numerous reefs. Dolphin watching is another enjoyment in this delightful beach resort.Campsites, and yacht basins spotted along the seaside, both Oarai Beach, surrounded by reefs, and Oarai Sun Beach, boasting its shallow beach, are crowded with lots of swimmers in the mid summer.
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Kujyukuri in Chiba
Confirm the Earth is round from the observatory. The Kujukuri-hama Beach has a long, straight coastline, which is rare in Japan, where most of the coastlines are irregular. There are no reefs, so it offers wonderful opportunities for swimming in the sea, as well as surfing and other marine sports.
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The Imperial Palace in Tokyo
There are the Imperial Residence where Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress reside Imperial Palace, where the various ceremonies and functions are held, the Imperial Household Agency Building, the Momijiyama Imperial Cocoonery and the East Gardens including the Tokagakudo Concert Hall etc. are located.
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Tokyo Sky Tree in Tokyo
A new famous Tokyo spot linking information and the soul of Japan to the next generation.It is the tallest self-standing broadcasting tower in the world at 634 meters tall. As an architectural object as well, it will be the second tallest after Burj Khalifa (at 828 meters) in the United Arab Emirates.
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Asakusa in Tokyo
The town has an old, traditional feel, with the famous Kaminari-mon Gate and large red lantern.Numerous shops along Nakamise-dori Street, which runs along the approach way to Senso-ji Temple, carry traditional goods such as folding fans. It is a lovely shopping street that attracts many foreign visitors.
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Tsukiji Market in Tokyo
For most people, what springs to mind first when they hear the name 'Tsukiji' is the Tsukiji Market.This market handles the largest volume of fishery products in Japan, and dealing in more than 450 kinds of products, such as tuna, around-the-clock makes this market unique throughout the world.
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Mt.Takao in Tokyo
Mt. Takao-san, located west of Tokyo and at the eastern edge of the Kanto Mountains, is a sacred mountain that represents the Tama area.Sacred mountain that represents the Tama area is packed full of things to do - a museum, zoo and botanical garden and hiking and more.
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Ogasawara Islands in Tokyo
A World Natural Heritage Site
.The Ogasawara Islands are oceanic islands comprised of about 30 islands of various sizes, including Mukojima Islands, Chichijima Islands, Hahajima Islands. As they are in the ocean separated from Tokyo,a lot of uniquely evolved, endemic plants and animals are found on the islands.
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Yamashita Park in Kanagawa
Yamashita Park is facing Yokohama Port. As it is a number of foreign visitors also love to drop by this park. In the park is the NYK Hikawamaru, a luxury passenger liner that was once called "Queen of the Pacific Ocean." Charlie Chaplin was a passenger on this ship, which still attracts many visitors throughout the year today.
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Yokohama Chinatown in Kanagawa
The Chinatown in Yokohama has become one of the largest in the world, with more than 500 stores.You can enjoy various Chinese cuisines, while you may also want to buy some ingredients or goods. The ten gates of the town, constructed based on the principle of feng shui, are something you should see.
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Motomachi / Yamate in Kanagawa
Yamate became a popular little hill for foreigners about 150 years ago. Ever since, Motomachi has prospered at the foot of Yamate, as a shopping street. Minatonomieruokakoen is a park where you can enjoy a view of the entire Yokohama Port.There is also a Western-style cemetery in the front of the park.
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Kamakura in Kanagawa
Kamakura is a delightful hamlet with no fewer than 65 Buddhist temples. Most of there were built centuries ago when a warrior named Yoritomo Minamoto established his shogunate government. Yoritomo selected Kamakura because it was easy to defend the village enclosed on three sides by wooded hills and on the fourth by the sea.
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Hakone in Kanagawa
One of the best international holiday resorts. Home of renowned spas and a large historical zone.A view of Mt. Fuji is not the only view that you can enjoy in Hakone. Including O-waku-dani, Lake Ashi-no-ko, Sengokuhara, a stone Buddha and stone towers situated in MotoHakone, and cedar trees along Kyu-Kaido Street.
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Echigo-Yuzawa in Niigata
Especially popular for outdoor sports like skiing and hiking, this hot spring resort area is surrounded by mountains.By taking the Yuzawa-onsen ropeway, you can go up to 1,000 meters above sea level. Around the top, there is the alpine flower park. Also, Echigo-Yuzawa is covered in snow in winter and attracts many skiers.
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Sado Island in Niigata
Sado Island is located 45 kilometers west of Niigata City. Apart from the four main islands, it is the biggest island in Japan. The island consists of two parallel mountain ranges, the Kimpoku and Kunimi Mountains, and between them lie the Kuninaka Plains. Together they form a part of Sado Yahiko Quasi-National Park.
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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Toyama
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is an international mountain sightseeing route of some 90 kilometers long.You can enjoy the panorama by taking a train, highland bus, trolley bus, cable car, and ropeway. Murodo-daira has one of the heaviest snows,and the snow reaches about seven meters on average.
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Kurobe Valley in Toyama
If you take a trolley ride, you can view the beauty of the valley. The trolley ride takes 1 hour and 20 minutes, and includes going through 41 tunnels and over 22 bridges. One of the bridges is called Atobiki-bashi, which lies over the deepest part of the valley, and is 64 meters long and 60 meters high,one of the best in this area.
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Kenroku-en in Ishikawa
One of the spots you will want to visit in the city is a huge Japanese garden, Kenroku-en, which is one of the three great gardens in Japan. Because visitors can enjoy seeing around the garden while dropping in at these spots, this type of garden is called "a strolling garden," and Kenroku-en is a typical example.
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Tojinbo in Fukui
Tojinbo is a rugged, precipitous cliff eroded by the raging waves on the coast of the Sea of Japan in northern Fukui, bordering Ishikawa. It is located within Echizen-Kaga Quasi-National Park. The sheer cliff stretches for over one kilometer, and is designated as a precious natural monument.
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Karuizawa in Nagano
Karuizawa is situated at the foot of Mt. Asama-yama in southeastern Nagano. It is on a plateau with an altitude of 1,000 meters and surrounded by Mt. Asama-yama. It has thrived as the most popular international summer resort in Japan because of its cool summer climate and breezy environment with many larch and birch trees.
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Kamikochi in Nagano
Kamikochi is a small basin some 1,500 meters above sea level on the upper stream area. Many climbers have come to know about this place, considered to be one of the most scenic spots in Japan.Yake-dake in the south billowing white smoke, Kappa-bashi is known as one of the most scenic spots in Kamikochi.
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Mt.Fuji in Yamanashi
Mt. Fuji is 3,776 meters high and is the highest mountain in Japan, situated in the southeast part of Yamanashi at the border of Shizuoka. With unrivaled magnificence and a beautiful cone shape.Today, it is a popular mountain to climb, and many people climb Mt. Fuji to watch the sunrise called Goraiko from the summit.
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Fuji-Goko in Yamanashi
Fuji-Goko is a collective term for the five lakes along the northern foot of Mt. Fuji. The lakes are Lake Yamada, Lake Kawaguchi, Like Sai, Lake Shoji, Lake Motosu. The largest is Lake Yamanaka, the smallest is the Lake Shoji, the one with the highest surface altitude is Lake Yamanaka, and the deepest one is Lake Motosu.
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Atami Hot Springs in Shizuoka
Atami is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts.Noted for its abundant quantity of hot water, magnificent scenery, delicious seafood and mild climate, it has long been a popular destination for tourists.Many tourists enjoy the many attractions of this legendary spa resort every year.
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Izu in Shizuoka
Izu where you can fully savor its overflowing nature. Throughout the year, you can enjoy flowers representing the four seasons, parkling sea water baths and the pursuit of good taste which lets you the savor the blessings of nature.Visitors are charmed by its gorgeous scenery, featuring clear ocean water and white sand.
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Shirakawa-go in Gifu
A World Cultural Heritage Site
.Shirakawa-go is situated at the foot of Mt. Haku-san in northwestern Gifu Prefecture. It is a quiet mountain village with rice fields and a river running through it. 114 thatched roof stand together in the village, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
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Okuhida in Gifu
Okuhida is located in the northern part of Gifu and is a general term for the area along the Takahara River, which is a tributary of the Zintsu River. The five hot spring resorts (Hirayu, Fukuji, Shin-Hirayu, Tochio, and Shin-Hotaka) are scattered around the western base of the Japan Alps, a 3,000-meter-high mountain range.
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Ise Shima in Mie
The Shima-hanto Peninsula is situated at the eastern edge of the Kii-hanto Peninsula. It juts out straight into the Pacific Ocean from central Mie. It has a complex saw-toothed coastline with a number of bays and inlets, including Matoya Bay, famous for cultured oysters, and Ago Bay, often called the "Aegean Sea of Japan."
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Gion in Kyoto
Gion is one of the main districts of Kyoto, and for many people it is Gion that comes to mind when they think of the city. The area is now considered the most prestigious downtown area in Japan.Wooden lattice windows made of thin wooden beams is in perfect harmony with the elegant 'maiko' (apprentice geisha) dancers.
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Lake Biwa in Shiga
Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan,Visitors can enjoy a cruise on Lake Biwa by taking a sightseeing boat from Nagisa-koen Park, where mirages sometime appear.Off the shore of Otsu Harbor, the "Biwa-ko Hana-funsui," one of the largest fountains in the world, sprays out water in various shapes making a fantastic sight.
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Nanki Shirahama in Wakayama
Nanki, a generic name for the entire southwestern part of Wakayama, is a large spot of leisure containing various amusement facilities, beaches and places where you can enjoy marine sports, golfing and tennis. Shirahama-cho is a typical hot-spring resort,one of Japan's three largest spas together with Beppu and Atami.
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Namba / Shinsekai in osaka
Namba is the center of popular downtown called the "Minami" or south, competing with the "Kita" or north around Umeda.The area around the Namba Station of the subway is concentrated with restaurants that serve popular, reasonably priced foods of Osaka.Namba is also known as the town of entertainment.
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Kobe Bay Area in Hyogo
The international bay area is filled with a variety of shopping, gourmet, sightseeing spots and evening entertainments for visitors to enjoy.Kobe Port, also known as the Bay Area, is the second largest trading port in Japan. Nearby is a beautiful shopping and entertainment.
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Awaji-shima island in Hyogo
Awaji-shima is an island largest in the Seto Inland Sea.The Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi is known as the world's longest suspension bridge with two cable-braced main towers. This bridge, which links Awaji-shima Island with Kobe, is nightly illuminated in seven changing colors to regale the eyes of viewers.
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Tottori-sakyu Sand Dunes in Tottori
Tottori-sakyu Sand Dunes are the largest sand hills in Japan.When you reach the top by lift, you can enjoy a view of sea and sand. You can also enjoy a tour on the back of a camel or in a horse-drawn carriage, or try paragliding and sandboarding after you have enjoyed the views of the dunes.
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Kurashiki in Okayama
Kurashiki has ancient tradition and culture, as well as state of the art technology and sophisticated facilities, making it a city where culture and industry interest. Honmachi and Higashi stretch just a short walk from the Kurashiki-gawa River, and it is here where you can find attractive traditional buildings full of local color.
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Seto-ohashi Bridge in Okayama
Seto-ohashi Bridge is a collective term for the six bridges that connect Kojima on Honshu and Shikoku, spanning five islands, namely Hitsuishi-jima, Iwaguro-jima, Wasa-jima, Yo-shima, and Mitsugo-jima in the Seto Inland Sea. The bridges took 40 years and a tremendous amount of money to build.
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Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine in Shimane
A World Cultural Heritage Site
.Iwami Ginzan was the only silver mine in Japan known to the Europeans during the 16th century Great Age. This is evident from the fact that maps of Japan and Asia produced in Europe during this time indicated the environs of Iwami Ginzan as the "Silver Mine Kingdom" or "Silver Mine."
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The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima
A World Cultural Heritage Site
.The Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) is the symbol of Hiroshima, a city that advocates peace throughout the world.This miserable half-demolished figure expresses the dire devastation of the bombing that occurred in those days, the sins of war, and the preciousness of peace in the future.
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Akiyoshi-do Cavern in Yamaguchi
The most spacious limestone cavern in the entire Orient.Akiyoshi-do Cavern is located a hundred meters underground and opens on the south foot of Akiyoshi-dai Plateau. It was named by Emperor Hirohito in 1926 when he was crown prince and went on a sightseeing excursion through it.
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Naruto in Tokushima
The biggest attraction in Naruto is the whirlpools in the Naruto Strait. The place where you can look down at the dynamic swirls from right above is the Tokushima Prefectural Uzu-no-michi Promenade.You can walk built in a really spectacular view of the whirlpools through the glassed floor 45 meters above the sea.
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Dogo-onsen Hot Spring in Ehime
Dogo-onsen Hot Spring is the oldest spa in Japan.The Main Building (Honkan), the symbol of Dogo spa resort, is a communal bathhouse erected in 1894. The magnificent three story castle-like wooden structure is the first public bathhouse designated as an important cultural asset in its 100 years anniversary.
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Shimanto-gawa River in Kochi
Japan's last pristine river is known for its rocky outcrops. You can enjoy the landscape from a tour boat or a tramcar. Beginning its 196-kilometer journey in the western Shikoku mountains around Mt. Irazu-yama, the river winds its way through the southwest of the prefecture, finally flowing into the Pacific Ocean.
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Nakasu / Tenjin in Fukuoka
Nakasu is the busiest street on Kyushu and between the two rivers. About 3,500 restaurants stand close together in Nakasu, street stalls line the Naka-gawa River, and large-scale shopping centers such as Hakata Riverain, cooperate with each other to produce the din and bustle of the amusement district.
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Karatsu / Yobuko in Saga
Karatsu is also noted for Karatsu-yaki pottery, and has around 60 pottery studios in the city. Some of pottery studios welcome visitors.Yobuko was once prosperous as a whaling base. A well-known morning market is held at Yobuko Port, which is crowded with regular-service vessels and fishing boats.
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Churches in Yamate,Nagasaki
The area of Nagasaki Port is divided into the Higashi Yamate and Minami Yamate districts. The Japan's oldest wooden Christian church, O-ura Tenshu-do Cathedral, the Glover Garden into which nine western-style buildings, These and other attractions make Nagasaki an exotic and attractive place to visit.
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Churches in Goto Islands,Nagasaki
You will also find numerous churches among the many islands, with this devout Christian atmosphere remaining as one of the main characteristics of the area. The Dozaki Church was the church serves as a base for the revival of the Christian religion. Playing the role of a small Vatican, it is a symbol of Goto Catholicism.
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Beppu Hot Springs in Oita
Hot water gushes at many spots in the city. Beppu ranks first in gush volume in Japan and is in a high place in the world in the number of sources and the variety of chemical properties. The Tour of Hell along a path in the Kannawa area is the highlight of sightseeing in the Beppu Spa.
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Aso in Kumamoto
Mt. Aso-san is located at the center of Aso-Kuju National Park in the center of Kyushu. Many hot spring villages, including Tarutama, Jigoku, Aso, and Yunotani, are located inside and outside Aso-Kuju National Park. The Aso Uchinomaki-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village, with more than 100 hot springs, is the largest among them.
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Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki
The Takachiho Gorge is a V-shaped gorge, created by the Gokase-gawa River, which eroded the Aso lava. Red-tinted precipitous cliffs rising up on both sides of the gorge extend for a long distance. Manai-no-taki Falls, 17 meters high, is a popular highlight because of the clouds of spray that rise up from the falling water.
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Sakurajima Island in Kagoshima
The smoking Sakurajima which floats on the Kagoshima Bay is a symbol of Kagoshima. Located about four kilometers from the center of Kagoshima city, it has been the site of repeated great eruptions throughout history and is one of the most famous active volcanoes in the world.
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Yakushima Island in Kagoshima
A World Natural Heritage Site
.This was Japanfs first ever World Heritage. About 75 percent of the island is mountainous, with Mount Miyanoura, the highest peak in Kyushu, situated in the middle of the island surrounded by many other high mountains of more than 1500m. This island is also called the "Alps on the Ocean".
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Yae-Yama Islands in Okinawa
The gateway to Southeast Asia. Attractions include Japan's only subtropical national park and houses with red tiled roofs offering scenes of olden Okinawa. Yae-yama Islands consist of Ishigakij-jima, Iriomote-jima, Taketomi-jima, Kohama-jima, Kuro-shima, Hateruma-jima, Yonaguni-jima and several other islands.
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Matsumae Castle in Hokkaido
Matsumae Castle (Matsumae-jo) belonged to the feudal lords who ruled the southern regions of Hokkaido between the 17th and 19th centuries. Its predecessor, Fukuyama Castle, was completed in 1606. It was reconstructed in 1854 to prepare for attacks by foreign ships.
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Hirosaki Castle in Aomori
Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki-jo) was built by Lord Tsugaru, who governed this region at the beginning of the 17th century. The castle tower was originally five stories, but it was destroyed by fire after being struck by lightning in 1627. Since five-storied castle towers were prohibited by the Edo Shogunate.
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Aoba Castle / Miyagi
Aoba Castle, also known as Sendai Castle, was the castle of the Date family. Built by Date Masamune atop Mount Aoba, it commanded a highly defensible strategic position overlooking the city of Sendai. Although the "castle" was the headquarters of the Date family and administrative center of Mutsu Province.
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Shiroishi Castle in Miyagi
Shiroishi Castle (Shiroishi-jo) is situated atop a 75 m hill overlooking the streets of Shiroishi in Miyagi Prefecture. It was built by Gamo Ujisato, who governed the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture in the latter half of the 16th century.
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Tsurugajo Castle / Fukushima
The prototype of the castle was built here by the head of a powerful family clan called the Ashinas about 600 years ago. In 1591 Ujisato Gamo became lord of the area, and built a seven storey tower. He was also the one who named it "Tsuruga-jo".
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Toyoda Castle in Ibaraki
It is believed that Toyoda Castle (Toyoda-jo) was built by a military commander who governed this region around the middle of the 14th century. Standing on the banks of the Kokai-gawa, the castle had no donjon when it was originally built. It had a thatched roof and was probably used as a fortress that utilized the river water.
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Oshi Castle in Saitama
It was considered impregnable, and was built using the natural levee of the surrounding marshlands and river. When it was attacked by the army of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (who ruled Japan in the latter half of the 16th century) it was besieged by over 20,000 soldiers.
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Tateyama Castle in Chiba
Tateyama Castle (Tateyama-jo) was built by the daimyo Satomi Yoshiyasu in the latter half of the 16th century. It stands at the top of a small hill. Many castles which symbolized the samurai were destroyed throughout the country in the latter half of the 19th century.
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Odawara Castle in Kanagawa
Odawara Castle (Odawara-jo) was transformed into a large-scale structure in 1495 by the daimyo Hojo Soun, who carried out a major refurbishment of a comparatively simple structure surrounded by a mound. After that, it became the castle of generations of the Hojo family.
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Takada Castle in Niigata
Takada Castle (Takada-jo) was built in 1614 as the home base of Matsudaira Tadateru, the sixth son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who ruled Japan in those days. Its construction was difficult as it required diverting the flow of three rivers, but it was completed less than four months after the work began.
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Kanazawa Castle / Ishikawa
The first feudal lord Maeda Toshiie entered Kanazawa Castle in 1583,and he started building the castle earnestly. Reportedly, he invited Takayama Ukon.Who was well known as a Christian lord at that time, to learn how to build a great castle.
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Toyama Castle in Toyama
Maeda Toshiie became the castle governor in 1597, but parts of the castle were burned to ashes in 1609. Although major refurbishment was carried out after the incident, the donjon was ultimately lost as it was damaged by frequent fires and earthquakes.
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Echizen Katsuyama Castle in Fukui
Echizen Katsuyama Castle (Echizen Katsuyama-jo) was built in 1579 by the daimyo Shibata Katsuyasu. It changed hands frequently due to war. As Japan entered the era when the entire country was ruled by the Tokugawa family, the daimyo Ogasawara Nobutoki raised the castle on the pretext of restoring an old castle.
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Echizen Ono Castle in Fukui
Echizen Ono Castle (Echizen Ono-jo) stands on a small hill overlooking the city of Ono. It was built in 1585 by the daimyo Kanamori Nagachika. It changed hands time and time again due to war and the political measures enforced by the shogunate in Edo.
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Maruoka Castle in Fukui
Maruoka Castle was built in 1576 by the daimyo Shibata Katsutoyo. At first it changed hands often due to war, and then it became the castle to the Arima daimyo from the latter half of the 17th century. Although it was completely destroyed in the great earthquake of 1948, it was reconstructed in 1955.
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Matsumoto Castle in Nagano
Matsumoto, situated almost right in the center of Nagano , prospered as a castle town at the foot of Matsumoto Castle. The castle's tower, a 5-story, 6-layer tower is Japan's oldest existing castle tower and is designated as a national treasure. In summer, Festivals and are held at the castle and attract many visitors.
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Takashima Castle in Nagano
Takashima Castle (Takashima-jo) was begun in 1592 and was completed more than seven years later by Hineno Takayoshi, who served under the hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan in the latter half of the 16th century.
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Ueda Castle in Nagano
Ueda Castle (Ueda-jo) was built in the latter half of the 16th century by the daimyo Sanada Masayuki, who became its governor. Sanada Masayuki was a courageous and resourceful commander who was skilled in war strategies and tactics, and he is well-known for leading his small force.
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Hamamatsu Castle in Shizuoka
Hamamatsu Castle (Hamamatsu-jo) was where the founding shogun of the Edo period (1600-1867), Tokugawa Ieyasu, lived for 17 years before he became ruler of Japan. As he lived in the castle during the time when he began a war for the purpose of uniting the whole country.
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Nagoya Castle in Aichi
Nagoya Castle is almost in the center of Nagoya City, and is famous for 'shachihoko,' the golden orcas that adorn the roof of its castle tower. Much of the castle burnt the World War II air raids, but the tower was rebuilt in 1959 . The inside of the castle has been opened up as exhibition rooms.
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Inuyama Castle in Aichi
It was built by Oda Nobuyasu, who was the uncle of the famous daimyo Oda Nobunaga, who tried to unify Japan in the 16th century. It is roughly 25 m high measured from ground level, and is designated a National Treasure.
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Okazaki Castle in Aichi
Okazaki Castle (Okazaki-jo) was built over a four-year period by a daimyo from the Mikawa region of Aichi Prefecture around the middle of the 15th century. The moat, which remains to this day, is from the time when the castle was built. Tokugawa Ieyasu, who began the Edo shogunate.
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Iwasaki Castle in Aichi
Iwasaki Castle (Iwasaki-jo) was built in the latter half of the 16th century by the daimyo Niwa Ujikiyo. Standing on top of a small hill, Iwasaki is an early example of a Japanese castle, and as the hill itself played the role of the castle walls it did not require the sloping castle walls seen in later constructions.
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Kiyosu Castle in Aichi
Kiyosu Castle (Kiyosu-jo) was built by the daimyo Shiba Yoshishige, who governed this region at the beginning of the 15th century. It was at first a simple construction which was surrounded by a single moat. It was subsequently home of the young daimyo Oda Nobunaga.
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Gifu Castle in Gifu
First built as a fortress on the top of Mt. Kinka, Gifu Castle has a history of about 800 years. ODA Nobunaga, a famous general in Sengoku period, occupied the castle and became its master. ODA changed the name of this area from gInokuchih to gGifuh and of the castle itself from gInabayama Castleh to gGifu Castleh.
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Ogaki Castle in Gifu
Ogaki Castle (Ogaki-jo) came to be a full-scale defensive structure when the already existing fortress was expanded around the middle of the 16th century. In 1585, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who was ruling Japan, recognized the strategic importance of the site, and had the donjon built.
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Gujo-Hachiman Castle in Gifu
Hachiman Castle (Hachiman-jo) was built around the middle of the 16th century by Lord Endo, who governed this region. Subsequently it changed hands frequently due to war. Major restorations were carried out, and the outworks and outermost outworks of the castle were prepared.
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Kamioka Castle in Gifu
Kamioka Castle (Kamioka-jo) was built in 1564 by Yamagata Masakage, who served under the 16th century daimyo Takeda Shingen. The castle was demolished at the end of the 17th century due to a law enacted by the ruling shogunate in Edo.
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Iga Ueno Castle in Mie
Iga Ueno Castle (Iga Ueno-jo) was built in the latter half of the 16th century by Tsutsui Sadatsugu, who governed this region. It was subsequently restored by the daimyo Todo Takatora, an expert on castle building, who was the governor in the beginning of the 17th century.
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Hikone Castle in Shiga
Hikone Castle is one of four castles in Japan designated as National Treasures.@It was built by Ii Naotaka, the second lord of Hikone, after the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. The main building is three stories high, and stands magnificently on top of a hill. Hikone Castle is admired year-round for its landscape and seasonal beauty.
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Nijo Castle in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Kyoto Gosho is the former Imperial Palace, located at the center of Kyoto. To the southwest of the palace stands Nijo Castle, built in the early 17th century. Ninomaru-goten, renovated in 1626, is a building renowned as a priceless example of the architectural style of that period.
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Fushimi Momoyama Castle in Kyoto
Fushimi Momoyama Castle (Fushimi Momoyama-jo) was built as a retreat for the hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan in the latter half of the 16th century. It was completely demolished under the orders of the shogunate of Edo which began to rule Japan in the 17th century.
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Osaka Castle in Osaka
The Osaka Castle was built in the end of the 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.On display at its 1st to 7th floors are various weapons, armors. There is a view spot on the 8th floor.The premises of the castle contain a lawn-covered park,which is thronged with cherry blossom viewers in the springtime.
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Kishiwada Castle in Osaka
Kishiwada Castles (Kishiwada-jo) predecessor was built by the great general Kusunoki Masashige, who held this region in the 14th century. Koide Hidemasa built the new castle in 1582. He served under the hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan in the latter half of the 16th century.
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Himeji Castle in Hyogo
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.The Himeji Castle is located in Himeji City in the western Hyogo. It was constructed in the mid-14th century, and after a castle tower was built in the 16th century. Its figure was likened as a white heron spreading its wings, and thus called the Hakuro-jo, or White Heron Castle.
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Wakayama Castle in Wakayama
Wakayama Castle (Wakayama-jo) was built by the hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan in the latter half of the 16th century. It subsequently received major repairs in the 17th century by Yorinobu, the son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founding shogun of the Edo shogunate.
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Okayama Castle in Okayama
The architecture of the period is partly represented by the use of boards painted with black lacquer on the walls of the castle tower (Tenshukaku). As such, the exterior is black, and in the later periods, the castle came to be known as the Crow Castle (Ujo).
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Bitchu Matsuyama Castle in Okayama
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle (Bitchu Matsuyama-jo) was originally built in 1240 for the military commander Akiba Nobushige. During the "warring states" period (1477-1573) when Japans powerful daimyo struggled for supremacy, it was used by a succession of them as the base for controlling this region.
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Hiroshima Castle in Hiroshima
Hiroshima Castle (Hiroshima-jo) was built in 1589 by the daimyo Mori Terumoto. The five-tiered donjon was completed in 1591 and became his home base. It was an elegant castle, but all was lost in the atomic bombing of 1945.
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Fukuyama Castle in Hiroshima
Fukuyama Castle (Fukuyama-jo) was built by the daimyo Mizuno Katsunari and was completed in 1622. It subsequently became the castle of the Mizuno family until the end of the 17th century. Abe Masahiro, who was the lord of the Fukuyama domain, became the governor in the middle of the 18th century.
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Innoshima Suigun Castle in Hiroshima
The naval force called "Murakami suigun" was active mainly in the Seto Inland Sea. The island of Innoshima was one of their bases. It is said that they had such power that they were given police authority from the Muromachi shogun, which ruled Japan in the 15th century.
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Matsue Castle in Shimane
Matsue Castle was built by the daimyo Horio Yoshiharu, who governed the region, over a period of five years starting 1607. All the buildings which functioned as a castle were demolished except for the donjon and the stone wall when political power passed from the Edo shogunate to the Meiji government.
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Marugame Castle in Japan
Marugame Castle (Marugame-jo) was completed by the daimyo Ikoma Chikamasa, who governed the present Kagawa Prefecture at the beginning of the 17th century. The castle used to be surrounded by a double moat. The outer moat has now been filled in, but the inner moat near the donjon remains as it was in the old days.
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Matsuyama Castle in Ehime
Matsuyama Castle, with its constrcution starting in 1603, was completed in 1627 by Kato Yoshiaki, who had once served under the hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the ruler of Japan in the latter half of the 16th century.It stands on the summit of Katsu-yama, which is positioned almost in the middle of Matsuyama.
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Imabari Castle in Ehime
It took about two years, beginning in 1602, for Imabari Castle to be built by the daimyo Todo Takatora. Todo Takatora has a reputation as an expert on castle building, and it is believed that Imabari Castle was built on the seashore to make use of the water by adopting the latest technique.
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Kawanoe Castle in Ehime
Kawanoe Castle stands on a beachfront and is believed to have been originally built in 1337. A sad story is told that Kawakami Yasukatsu, who was the lord of the castle in the latter half of the 16th century, was murdered by his men and his daughter threw herself off the nearby cliff in an attempt to escape from the enemy.
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Uwajima Castle in Ehime
The military commander Todo Takatora, a well-known expert in castle-building, began construction on Uwajima Castle (Uwajima-jo) in 1596. It took around six years to complete the donjon and related structures.
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Kochi Castle in Kochi
Following the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Kochi Castle was constructed in what was then the province of Tosa. It was built by Yamanouchi Kazutoyo, who took control of the province after the Tokugawa victory. The castle was constructed as part of the move from Urado to the more defensible Otakasa (alt. Odakasa) area.
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Nakamura Castle in Kochi
Nakamura Castle (Nakamura-jo) was supposedly built by the daimyo Ichijo Norifusa, who came to this region after escaping the vortex of war in 1468. The site of a previous castle was used. It was renovated in 1613 but was demolished in accordance with the order issued in 1615 by the Edo shogunate.
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Kokura Castle in Fukuoka
It is not clear when the first castle was built here. The daimyo Mori Katsunobu, who governed the present areas of Fukuoka and Oita Prefecture at the beginning of the 17th century, spent roughly six years from 1602 on major repairs, and created the form of Kokura Castle (Kokura-jo) we see today.
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Ganjaku Castle in Fukuoka
The immensely powerful Taira no Kiyomori supposedly ordered a retainer to build Ganjaku Castle (Ganjaku-jo), which was completed in 1158, on the summit of Ganjaku-yama. After that it changed hands frequently due to war.
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Karatsu Castle in Saga
Karatsu Castle (Karatsu-jo) was built by the daimyo Terazawa Hirotaka who governed this region in 1602. Buildings such as the castle donjon stood inside the compound with a diameter of some 4 km. The old buildings were torn down when power passed from the Edo shogunate to the Meiji government.
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Shimabara Castle in Nagasaki
The five-tiered donjon soared above the grounds, with dimensions of 380 m east to west and 1,320 m north to south. Shigematsu Matsukura was known for harshly repressing the Christians within his territory. That repression lead to the biggest civil uprising by Christians which occurred between 1637 to 1638.
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Hirado Castle in Nagasaki
Hirado Castle (Hirado-jo) was built in 1707 by the daimyo Matsuura Takashi. The donjon was built on top of a small, rounded mountain. The castle supposedly had a structure heavily influenced by the Yamaga-ryu, whose school of war strategy was highly regarded.
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Nakatsu Castle in Oita
The daimyo Kuroda Yoshitaka, who governed this region in 1587, began construction of Nakatsu Castle (Nakatsu-jo). The total area of the castle grounds was about 78,000 sq m, and the shape of the whole castle grounds resembles an open fan.
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Kitsuki Castle in Oita
Kitsuki Castle (Kitsuki-jo) stands on top of a plateau roughly 30m high overlooking Morie Bay, east of the city of Kitsuki in Oita Prefecture. It is also known as the "prostrating cow" castle because the landscape surrounded by the sea and cliff looks like a cow prostrating on the ground.
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Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto
Kumamoto Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle located in Chuo-ku, Kumamoto in Kumamoto Prefecture It was a large and extremely well fortified castle. The castle keep (tenshukaku) is a concrete reconstruction built in 1960, but several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle.
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Aya Castle in Miyazaki
Aya Castle (Aya-jo) is believed to have been built in the first half of the 14th century. It came to be called Aya Castle as the person who built this castle identified himself as Aya. The present three-storied castle tower was built in 1985.
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Shurijo Castle Park in Okinawa
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Among the major remains of the Ryukyu Kingdom are Shuri Castle, the ruins of the Castle of the Ryukyu Kingdom, Shikina-en, which was a second residence and garden of the Royal Family built in order to entertain 'sakuhoshi', the ruins of Enkaku-ji Temple.
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Hokkaido-jingu Shrine in Hokkaido
This Hokkaido Jingu enshrines three dieties for the reclamaition oh Hokkaido. The reclamation of Hokkaido was begun when the Meiji Restoration succeeded. Emperor Meiji selected protecting deities of the reclamation of Hokkaido and enshrined them in this shrine in 1869.
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Hiraizumi in Iwate
A World Cultural Heritage Site
.The Konjiki-do of Chuson-ji Temple, built by the Fujiwaras, is decorated inside and out with lacquer containing gold foil, a symbol of the gold culture of Hiraizumi. The historical artifacts and Buddhist statues found in the Konjiki-do are the very high level of artistic achievement in these earlier times.
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Motsu-ji Temple in Iwate
A World Cultural Heritage Site
.1100-year old temple and a place of scenic beauty. The temple Motsu-ji is the headquarters of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, and was built in 850. As a structure typical of the golden age of Hiraizumi culture under the rule of the Fujiwara clan in this region.
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Yama-dera Temple in Yamagata
Yama-dera is at the foot of the steep hill Hoshu-yama. The temple is a nationally-designated Place of Scenic Beauty and Historic Site.Yama-dera is where the well-known haiku poet Matsuo Basho wrote his famous haiku "ah this silence / sinking into the rocks / voice of cicada" in 1689.
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Osaki Hachiman-gu Shrine in Miyagi
Osaki Hachiman-gu is home to the guardian deity of the Date family. The shrine was built in 1607 by Date Masamune, the ruler of the region. The architectural style is known as the Date Culture style, and borrows from the style of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period, which was characterized by a brilliant artistic culture.
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Nikko in Tochigi
A World Cultural Heritage Site
.Toshogu Shrine is where the famous Shogun of the Edo Period in the 17th century, Tokugawa Ieyasu, was worshiped after his death. It became as luxurious and elaborate as it looks today when the grandson of Ieyasu, the third Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, reconstructed it.
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Futarasan-jinja Shrine in Tochigi
A World Cultural Heritage Site.
Situated on the top of Nantai-san is Futarasan-jinja. Also on Nantai-san are the Chugushi Shrine, located on the shore of Chuzenji-ko, and the shrine Oku-miya. When the priest Shodo Shonin climbed to the top of Nantai-san in 783.
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Morin-ji Temple in Gunma
Morin-ji was built in the second half of the 15th century by the lord of Aoyagi Castle, who ruled this region. There are many olds legends regarding the teapot here, which is considered a treasure of the temple. When the priests at here were perplexed because they didnt have a teapot large enough to make tea for all 1,000 of them.
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Kashima-jingu Shrine in Ibaraki
Enshrined here is Takemikazuchi-no-Okami, the god of thunder. Takemikazuchi-no-Okami was worshipped at that time as the deity who safeguarded the power. He was fervently worshipped when the government which was centered around the western part of the Japanese archipelago spread its influence into the east.
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Kasama Inari-jinja Shrine in Ibaraki
This jinja is known as one of the three largest Inari shrines in Japan. The shrine was revered highly as the designated place of worship for the here ditary lords of the Kasama Domain, and since that time, it came to be known popularly by the familiar title of Kurumi ga shita Inari or Monzaburo Inari.
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Kita-in Temple in Saitama
Kita-in was built by the priest Jikaku Daishi, who spread esoteric Buddhism. In 1599, the priest of this temple, whose name was Tenkai, gained the trust of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate which ruled Japan continuously for about 250 years starting at the beginning of the 17th century.
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Shinsho-ji Temple in Chiba
Shinsho-ji is a large temple founded in the mid-10th century by adherents of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. The temple is dedicated to Fudomyo-o (the god of fire), who is believed to drive out evil spirits. In the front of the temple is an altar, and a central fireplace where wood is placed.
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Ikegami-Honmon-ji Temple in Tokyo
The temple of Ikegami-Honmon-ji was established where Nichiren. Ikegami-Honmon-ji is a very important temple for devotees of the Nichiren sect across the country. As a prominent temple in the Kanto area, it is also famed for the many well-known figures in Japanese history entombed there.
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Zojo-ji Temple in Tokyo
Zojo-ji was built in 1393 in the Kaizuka area of Edo. In 1590, the future shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu moved to this area which he took as his new domain. After that, Zojo-ji and Kanei-ji in Ueno became the two temples where memorial services were held for the family of the Tokugawa shoguns.
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Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple in Tokyo
The original Tsukiji Honganji Temple, with an Indian-style exterior, was built in 1617 near Asakusa, but was burnt down in a huge fire that swept through Edo (Tokyo) in 1657. The Temple was then rebuilt on the present site, but destroyed again by the Great Tokyo Earthquake of 1923.
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Yushima Tenman-gu Shrine in Tokyo
Yushima Tenman-gu is located in Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. The shrine is thought to have been founded in 458, and later, in 1355, enshrined the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, who had been banished from Kyoto to Kyushu and died in disgrace.
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Tokei-ji Temple in Kanagawa
In the Edo period, only man had right of claim for divorce. However, women were able to get a divorce if they ran into Tokei-ji temple or Mantoku-ji temple and had a three-year of training." Once a woman threw what she was wearing into the temple grounds, it was recognized as running in.
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Engaku-ji Temple in Kanagawa
Hojo Tokimune built Engaku-ji late in the 13th century when he was the most powerful man in Japan. The temple was built on a spacious 60,000 sq m site for the purpose of memorial services for those killed in the battle against the Mongol Invasions of 1274 and 1281.
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Hase-dera Temple in Kanagawa
According to legend, in 721 AD the pious monk Tokudo Shonin discovered a large camphor tree in the mountain forests near the village of Hase in the Nara region. He realized the trunk of the tree was so large that it provided enough material for carving two statues of the eleven-headed Kannon.
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Heiken-ji Temple Kawasaki Daishi in Kanagawa
The temple of Heiken-ji, in the city of Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, was built in 1128. Hirama Kanenori, a one-time samurai born in the province of Owari (present-day Aichi Prefecture) who roved from place to place, pulled up a wooden Buddhist statue he happened to catch in a casting net at sea.
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Samukawa-jinja Shrine in Kanagawa
The shrine has spacious grounds, and has been worshipped at by many people for centuries as one of the leading shrines in the province of Sagami (present-day Kanagawa Prefecture). Enshrined here are the prince and princess Samukawa-hiko-no-Mikoto and Samukawa-hime-no-Mikoto.
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Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine in Kanagawa
Minamoto-no-Yoriyoshi, head of the Genji samurai family, founded Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu in 1063 upon receiving the divine spirit of Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu in Kyoto. The shrine was moved to its present site in 1180 by his descendant, Minamoto-no-Yoritomo.
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Zeniarai Benten Shrine in Kanagawa
Zeniarai Benten Shrine, where Ugafuku God is enshrined, is located in a cave which was made by hollowing out a rock. It is said the water of the spring inside the cave has the power to bring prosperity in business and good luck with money when money is washed in the holy water.
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Yahiko-jinja Shrine in Niigata
Yahiko-jinja, in Yahiko-mura, Niigata Prefecture, is a typical example of an old shrine of this region. Enshrined here is Ameno-Kaguyama-no-Mikoto, supposed to have taught people from olden times the skills required to produce salt from seawater, as well as skills for fishing, rice cultivation, and other activities.
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Zuiryu-ji Temple / Toyama
The family temple of the second generation of the Kagahan feudal lord Maeda Tosinaga. Costing 1,200,000 Kagahan koku, this temple really exemplifies the Early Zen building model of the Edo period. The Butsuden, the public chamber, and the temple building have been designated national treasures.
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Eihei-ji Temple in Fukui
Eiheiji, the "temple of eternal peace" is one of Soto Zen's two head temples. It is located deep in the mountains near the rugged west coast of Japan, not far from Fukui City.Dogen zenji was 24, he went to China and devoted himself to true Zen practice under the strict guidance of Nyojo zenji at Mt. tendo.
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Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano
Zenko-ji is a Buddhist temple located in Nagano, Japan. The temple was built in the 7th century. Nagano City, established in 1897, was originally a town built around the temple. Historically, Zenko-ji is perhaps most famous for its involvement in the battles between Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen in the 16th century.
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Suwa-taisha Shrine in Nagano
Suwa-taisha is one of the oldest shrines in the country and represents more than 10,000 Suwa Shrines nationwide. The grand shrine is comprised of four shrines: Kami-sha Hon-miya located in Kami-Suwa-shi, Kami-sha Mae-miya in Chino-shi.
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Anraku-ji Temple in Nagano
Anraku-ji is a Zen temple founded in the late 13th century near Bessho Spa. In the temple grounds is an octagonal three-storied pagoda, the only one of its kind left in Japan, designated a National Treasure. The pagoda has eaves known as mokoshi ("lean-to") on the first floor, making it appear to have four stories.
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Daiho-ji Temple in Nagano
In the temple grounds is a Maria Jizo (Jizo = guardian deity of children) made in the image of the Virgin Mary. Because Christianity was prohibited in Japan during this period, people secretly wishing to worship an image of the Virgin altered old stone statues of Japanese Jizo to create Maria Jizo.
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Kuno-zan Tosho-gu Shrine in Shizuoka
Kuno-zan Tosho-gu was built in memory of the first Tokugawa shogun, Ieyasu, who brought decades of war to an end and established the Edo shogunate early in the 17th century and ruling over the whole of Japan. He died of illness in 1616 at Sunpu Castle.
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Fujisan-Hongu Sengen-taisha Grand Shrine
Fujisan-Hongu Sengen-taisha is well known as the headquarters for over 1,300 Sengen shrines nationwide. Shrine records relate how Sakanoue-no-Tamuramaro, who conquered the lands of the Emishi (present-day Kanto and Tohoku regions), built the magnificent sanctuary of the shrine in 806.
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Gyokusen-ji Temple in Shizuoka
The temple served as the first U.S. Consulate in Japan marking the dawn of the Japanfs diplomacy.In 1639, the Tokugawa Shogunate, which was holding central authority in Japan at the time, enacted a policy to ban the entry of foreign ships into Japan in order to prevent the entry of "heathens."
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Hattasan Sonei-ji Temple in Shizuoka
It is one of the "three mountains of Enshu" and has a long history. Under the edict of Emperor Shomu in 725, Priest Gyoki, seeking a site for a sanctuary to be dedicated to Maha-karuna Avalokitesvara (Bosatsu of Great Compassion), enshrined the statue of Avalokitesvara that he carved in this temple.
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Ryosen-ji Temple in Shizuoka
For over 200 years since 1639 until the arrival of Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy, Japan had almost no foreign relations and was in a state of gSakoku (national isolation).h However, Perry arrived in Japan with his squadron of warships and demanded opening of the country from Japan.
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Atsuta-jingu Shrine in Aichi
Atsuta Jingu (Atsuta Shrine), familiarly known as Atsuta Sama (Venerable Atsuta) or Miya (the Shrine), has been one of the greatest centers of worship in Japan from ancient times. Visitors to the shrine, including those who practice the conventional New Year visit, now count nine million annually.
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Toyokawa Inari Shrine in Aichi
Toyokawa Inari is located in Toyokawa-cho, Aichi Prefecture, and was formerly named Toyokawakaku Myogon-ji. It was built in 1441. Together with the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto and the Yutoku Inari Shrine in Saga, it is one of the leading Inari-jinja in Japan.
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Ise-jingu Shrine in Mie
Ise-Jingu Shrine is at the core of sightseeing in Ise. It is simply referred to as Jingu as an official name, and the Sun Goddess is enshrined there. Over seven million worshippers visit the shrine every year. The main shrine has an elevated floor in the 'yuiitsu-shinmei-zukuri' style, which is the oldest style of shrine architecture.
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Enryaku-ji Temple in Shiga
Enryaku-ji is a temple built at the end of the 8th century by Saicho, the founder of the Tendai sect of Buddhism. This temple, established on the mountain Hiei-zan, exercises control over the Tendai sect throughout Japan. It was destroyed by fire in the 16th century, when it was attacked by Oda Nobunaga.
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Ishiyama-dera Temple in Shiga
The ancient temple of Ishiyama-dera was established around the middle of the 8th century by Roben Osho. The main hall, designated as a National Treasure, is located on the grounds containing an exposed wollastonite. where it is said the worlds oldest novel, Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji), was written.
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Onjo-ji Temple in Shiga
The Onjo-ji Temple, as head temple of the Tendaijimon Buddhist sect, has long been considered as one of the Four Great Temples of Japan. Throughout history, the emperors Tenji, Kobun and Tenmu modified its structure and name through various imperial orders. Prince Otomo Yota no O, son of emperor Kobun.
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Kamigamo-jinjya Shrine in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Kamigamo-jinja Shrine is the oldest shrine in Kyoto, along with Shimogamo-jinja which was built in the latter half of the 7th century. In its vast grounds stand over 34 structures, including the famous Honden and Gonden halls. The Aoi-matsuri Festival is a traditional for a good harvest.
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Shimogamo-jinja Shrine in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Shimogamo-jinja is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. Its history goes back to ancient times. This shrine was originally established for the purpose of worshipping as a deity the head of the Kamo family, who wielded great power in this region at one time.
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.The eastern part of Kyoto's city center is called Higashiyama, located at the west end of the Higashiyama Mountain Range. In the southern part of the Higashiyama district is the famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple, built halfway up a steep cliff with its main hall projecting over a steep precipice.
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Nijo Castle in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Kyoto Gosho is the former Imperial Palace, located at the center of Kyoto. To the southwest of the palace stands Nijo Castle, built in the early 17th century. Ninomaru-goten, renovated in 1626, is a building renowned as a priceless example of the architectural style of that period.
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Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Kinkaku-ji Temple is a three-storied wooden structure covered with gold leaf. The glittering beauty of the temple was restored in 1988. The stone garden at Ryoan-ji Temple represents Zen philosophy, with 15 stones of different sizes placed in white sand.
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Byodo-in Temple in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.most of these buildings have been destroyed by the flames of war. All that remain at the present time are Hoo-do ("Phoenix Hall"), Kannon-do Hall, which is designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property, and the bell tower.
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Daigo-ji Temple in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Established in the 9th century, Daigo-ji was restored in the 16th century by the hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the supreme leader of Japan at that time. With its precinct encompassing the entire mountain of Daigo-san, it is one of the largest temples in Kyoto.
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Kozan-ji Temple in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.The temple was restored in the 12th century. At that time, the residence of a member of the Imperial family was moved here as Sekisui-in, which is designated as a National Treasure. In the spacious precinct of Kozan-ji is the Butto, designated as an Important Cultural Property.
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To-ji Temple in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.This temple was established in the 8th century. Located in the temple precinct are many buildings, including the five-storied pagoda, which is 53 m tall and a symbol of this temple. The treasury contains many National Treasures and cultural properties.
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Ninna-ji Temple in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.The temple of Ninna-ji was built at the end of the 9th century. At first it was Monseki-jiin, which also served as the residence of a member of the Imperial family who had entered the priesthood. Presently, this temple is the center of the Omuro sect of Shingon Buddhism.
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Nishi Hongan-ji Temple in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Nishi Hongan-ji is a temple of the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect of Buddhism. It is believed that this temple originated with the construction of the mausoleum that contained the grave of the high priest Shinran, who was the founder of this temple.
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Saiho-ji Temple in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.It is one of Kyotos most famous gardens, a dry garden with impressive scenery created using rocks, sand and plants on a slope behind the main hall. The temple is better known as Koke-dera - the temple of moss.'
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Ginkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.A historical Zen temple featuring a silver pavilion and an expansive, well-known garden. An impressive assembly of traditional Japanese landscaping and architecture that is a must see during your stay in Kyoto. At the end of the 15th century, Ashikaga Yoshimasa built the Jisho-ji as his villa.
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Ryoan-ji Hojo Temple Garden in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Ryoan-ji Hojo Temple Garden is one of Kyoto's most famous locations. A fence surrounds three sides of an oblong garden of about 1,000 square meters, with white sand spread over the ground. It expresses the ocean and mountains through an arrangement of white sand and stone.
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Tenryu-ji Temple in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.The first-ranked of the Five Great Zen Temples of Kyoto. Its garden is a fine blend of aristocratic tradition and Zen culture, displaying the beauty of the four seasons. Tenryu-ji is located in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto. As he toppled the shogunal regime in Kamakura and established a new one in Kyoto.
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Ujikami-jinja Shrine in Kyoto
A World Cultural Heritage Site.This tranquil shrine, surrounded by trees, is located on the banks of the river Uji-gawa, on the slope of Asahi-yama. Ujikami-jinja and the adjacent Uji-jinja originally formed one shrine. The two were split up, however, with the political policy taken up by the government .
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Yasaka-jinja Shrine in Kyoto
Yasaka-jinja, in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto is believed to have been built in 876. Deities enshrined here are the god Susano-o-no-Mikoto, his consort Kushinada hime no Mikoto, and their son Yahashira no Mikogami. Yasaka-jinja is the headquarters for around 3,000 affiliated shrines nationwide.
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Chion-in Temple in Kyoto
Located in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto, Chion-in is connected to H?nen, the founder of the Jodo Shu of Buddhism. It was here at Chion-in that Honen taught chanting the name of Amida to attain salvation, and it was here that he spent his final years. Today, with over 7,000 temples.
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Daikaku-ji Temple in Kyoto
Daikaku-ji was founded by conve rting the site of an Imperial villa into a temple in 876. Successive members of the Imperial family had occupied the position of head of the temple, and as a consequence the temple was also regarded as a residence of the Imperial family and known as the "Saga Imperial Palace."
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Daisen-in Shoin Temple in Kyoto
An outstanding Japanese garden located in the compound of one of the most important Zen temples. Zen is famous for the practice of "zazen" or religious meditation. Daisen-in Shoin Temple Garden in the compound is a stone-and-sand type of garden called Karesansui.
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Daitoku-ji Temple in Kyoto
Daitoku-ji is the biggest temple in the northern part of Kyoto. In its huge compound are 21 buildings which house a large number of cultural properties. Built in the 14th century, this temple was destroyed by fire during a time of internal strife, but was subsequently restored by the famous priest Ikkyu.
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Heian-jingu Shrine in Kyoto
A famous Shinto shrine featuring an excellent garden.Heian-jingu was built in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto in 1895, on the 1,100th anniversary of the transfer of the capital from Nara to Kyoto. The deity enshrined there is Emperor Kanmu, who had been responsible for transferring the capital.
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Grand Shrine in Kyoto
Fushimi Inari-taisha, located on the mountain of Inari-san, in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, is known as the headquarters of all the Inari shrines nationwide, said to total 40,000. The shrine is believed to have been built in 711 by one Hata-no-Irogu.
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Jakko-in Temple in Kyoto
The temple of Jakko-in in the Ohara district of Sakyo-ku, Kyoto ranks with the Sanzen-in as a famous scenic temple of Ohara. Jakko-in is believed to have been built in around the 7th century by Shotoku Taishi, son of the Emperor Yomei, in memory of his father.
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Jojakko-ji Temple in Kyoto
The temple of Jojakko-ji is situated on the side of a mountain and was established at the end of the 16th century. It is famous for its autumn leaves. The steep stairway upwards from the thatched Nio-mon (a gate with Buddhist statues standing at either side) leads to the main hall which enshrines a Buddhist image.
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Nanzen-ji Temple in Kyoto
A historic temple with a distinctive Japanese rock garden. The great temple of Nanzen-ji was converted from a residence of the Emperor at the end of the 13th century. It was destroyed by fire during subsequent internal disturbances, but was rebuilt in the first part of the Edo Period.
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Sanjusangen-do in Kyoto
Rengeo-in is a temple that is famous for its 1,001 Senju Kannon-zo (statues of "thousand-handed" goddesses of mercy), each of which has many hands. The main hall and the Senju Kannon-zazo (a seated image of Kannon) that it contains and that is the focus of worship at this temple are designated as National Treasures.
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Sanzen-in Temple in Kyoto
Sanzen-in is located in Ohara in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. The temple is in a prominent scenic location among the many other temples in the Ohara area. The first Sanzen-in was built when the great priest Saicho founded Enryaku-ji on Hiei-zan in the 8th century after returning from China where he studied Buddhism.
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Tofuku-ji Temple in Kyoto
Tofuku-ji is a temple of the Zen sect of Buddhism which was built in the middle of the 13th century. The large triple temple gate which stands at the entrance to the precincts, the oldest in Japan, is designated as a National Treasure.There are gardens on the north, south, east and west sides of the temple.
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Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine in osaka
Imamiya Ebisu-jinja, located in Naniwa-ku, Osaka, is known affectionately by the local people as "Ebessan." Tradition has it that when the prince and statesman Shotoku-taishi built Shitenno-ji, this shrine was also built for the purpose of warding off evil spirits believed to come from the west of the temple.
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Shiten'no-ji Temple in osaka
Ancient Chinese style temple layouts abound. Beautiful, historical Buddhist architecture from the 6th and 7th centuries. Shiten'no-ji, located in Osaka, is the oldest temple in Japan. Prince Shotoku-taishi, a regent and statesman known for his activities from the latter half of the 6th century into early in the 7th century.
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Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine in osaka
Sumiyoshi-taisha is the main shrine of all the Sumiyoshi Shrines in Japan, of which there are some 200. Sumiyoshi-taisha is said to have been built around the 4th or 5th century. The present main shrine was built in 1810. The main shrine, which consists of four buildings facing the ocean towards the west.
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Ikaruga-ji Temple in Hyogo
Prince Shotoku, a regent who was active from the 6th century to the first part of the 7th century, was a staunch Buddhist. He built temples in various places, including the temples of Horyu-ji and Shitenno-ji. Prince Shotoku was granted the present site of Ikaruga-ji, by Emperor Suiko, as his aristocratic estate.
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Nishinomiya-jinja Shrine in Hyogo
Nishinomiya-jinja, located in the city of Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, is known affectionately by many as Ebisu-jinja. An oneri-bei (large plaster wall), and omote-daimon (front gate) known as the "Aka-mon" ("red gate") .
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Horyu-ji Temple in Nara
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Horyu-ji Temple is located in Nara Prefecture. It is inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site as the world's oldest existing wooden structure. It was founded by a group of people that included Prince Shotoku, a son of the Emperor Yomei, in dedication to his father in the early 7th century.
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Todai-ji Temple in Nara
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Todai-ji Temple, known for its "Daibutsu-san," or Great Buddha, is with an imposing appearance of the largest wooden structure in the world. This is a famous temple of the Kegon sect and was founded by Roben.The imperial ordinance was issued for the construction of Great Buddha.
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Kasuga-taisha Shrine in Nara
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Kasuga-taisha was built in 768 by Lord Fujiwara, a man of influence in those days, by the order of Emperor Shotoku. It is unique in that it enshrines four gods from important shrines around the country, such as Kashima-jingu of Ibaraki, Katori-jingu and Hiraoka-jinja.
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Yakushi-ji Temple in Nara
A World Cultural Heritage Site.Yakushi-ji was built in the year 680 by the Emperor Tenmu, praying for a cure to the illness of Uno-no-Sararahime-Miko (Empress under Emperor Tenmu, and later Jito). The temple was originally located in Fujiwara-kyo. In 718, it was moved to its present location in the capital at Nara.
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Shin-Yakushi-ji Temple in Nara
Shin-Yakushi-ji was built in 747 by Empress Komyo, who was the wife of Emperor Shomu, so that she would be able to pray for a cure of the Emperors eye ailment. Along with Todai-ji, Shin-Yakushi-ji was one of the biggest temples of that time.
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Akishino-dera Temple in Nara
Great Buddha, is with an imposing appearance of the largest wooden structure in the world. This is a famous temple of the Kegon sect and was founded by Roben.The imperial ordinance was issued for the construction of Great Buddha.
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Hase-dera Temple in Nara
Hase-dera, located in the city of Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, is said to have been built by Emperor Tenmu, who is known for his activities in the 7th century. The Main Hall, a five-storied pagoda, and halls of various sizes can be seen halfway up the slope of Hase-yama.
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Kofuku-ji Temple in Nara
When the city of Nara was being built in 710, Fujiwara Fuhito, an influential politician of the time, relocated the temple of Umayasaka-dera from Asuka and renamed it Kofuku-ji. As it was a temple dedicated to the glory of the Fujiwara family, it prospered as the Fujiwaras careers flourished in government.
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Kumano Hongu Shrine in Wakayama
A World Cultural Heritage Site
.From ancient times to the Middle Ages, the faith instilled by the Kumano Sanzan of Hongu, Shingu and Nachi was at a peak and many believers ranging from emperors and nobles to the commoner made their pilgrimages to Kumano with worshippers from ancient times to present day.
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Mt.Koyasan in Wakayama
A World Cultural Heritage Site
. On the peak of Mt. Koya-san is Kongobu-ji Temple, founded by Kobo Taishi, the Head Temple of Esoteric Buddhism, which has a 1200-year-long history. More that 120 temples are scattered throughout the area, thus forming a great religious city.
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Dojo-ji Temple in Wakayama
Dojo-ji, in Kawabe-cho, Wakayama Prefecture, is believed to have been built at the order of Emperor Tenmu in 701. The drama of Anchin and Kiyo-hime, set in Dojo-ji, became the material for plays known as Domyo-ji dramas, and performed in the traditional Japanese Noh and kabuki theaters.
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Sanbutsu-ji Temple in Tottori
Sanbutsu-ji is on Santoku-san, 900 m above sea level, in Misasa-cho, Tottori Prefecture. It is an old temple, said to have been built in 706 by Enno-Ozunu, founder of the Shugen-do sect of Buddhism. Nageiri-do, a hall built as if suspended on a precipitous cliff.
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Itsuku-shima-jinja Shrine in Hiroshima
A World Cultural Heritage Site
.Itsuku-shima-jinja Shrine, located in Miyajima, Hatsukaichi City in southwestern Hiroshima, is a unique shrine that looks as if it is floating in the sea. It boasts of a solemn and gorgeous architectural beauty in the shinden-style, the palace style popular around the 10th century.
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Jodo-ji Temple in Hiroshima
Jodo-ji is believed to have been built at the beginning of the 7th century by Prince Shotoku, a regent who was active in the propagation of Buddhism. Although it went through a period of decline, around the beginning of the 14th century, a number of structures, including the main hall and the Taho-to.
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Izumo-taisha Shrine in Shimane
It is a national treasure. This building is the tallest and one of the oldest shrines in Japan; it was built in 1744 and is 24 metres (78 feet) tall. It was supposedly over 48 metres (157 feet) tall, 1000 years ago. It is dedicated to Ohkuninushi-no-Ohkami, the god of relationships, so people come here to pray for a good relationship.
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The five-storied pagoda in Yamaguchi
The five-storied pagoda of Ruriko-ji Temple , a 31.2 - meter - tall national treasure built in the 15th century, is a reflection of the Kyoto culture adopted. Yasaka-jinja Shrine was erected in the 14th century as a branch of Yasaka-jinja Shrine in Kyoto and relocated to where it is now in the middle of the 19th century.
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Akama-jingu Shrine in Yamaguchi
Akama-jingu, located in the city of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, was founded in 1185. It is sacred to the spirit of Emperor Antoku, who died at only three years of age. Emperor Antoku drowned himself together with the Heike clan who were defeated in the last battle at Dannoura between two great samurai clans.
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Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine in Yamaguchi
Hofu Tenman-gu, located in Hofu, a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is one of Japans leading Tenman-gu (shrines sacred to the god of academic learning), ranking alongside the Dazaifu Tenman-gu in Dazaifu, a city in Fukuoka Prefecture, and the Kitano Tenman-gu in Kyoto.
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Kotohira-gu Shrine in Kagawa
Kotohira-gu Shrine, intimately nicknamed "Konpira-san" by the local people, drew many visitors as a center of worship for common people from the 17th through 19th centuries. Today, about four million people a year visit the shrine.
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Sohonzan Zentsu-ji Temple in Kagawa
Zentsu-ji, located in the city of Zentsuji, Kanagawa Prefecture, was built at the birthplace of the priest Kukai, who founded the Shingon sect of Buddhism, and was posthumously known as Kobo Daishi. Kukai is said to have built this temple at the residence of his father on returning from his studies in China.
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Ishite-ji Temple in Ehime
It is believed that Ishite-ji was first built in the year 728 by the family who ruled this region, at the request of the Emperor Shomu. The priest Kobo Daishi (Kukai), who studied Buddhism in China and worked to spread Buddhism in Japan, stayed here in 813, at which time he built a temple building.
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Chikurin-ji Temple in Kochi
Chikurin-ji, located in the city of Kochi in Kochi Prefecture, has been known affectionately for centuries as Monju-sama. This refers to the Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) which in Buddhism presides over wisdom, and thus it attracts peoples veneration as a temple of learning.
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Tosa-jinja Shrine in Kochi
Tosa-jinja is sacred to Ajisuki-Takane-Hiko-no-Mikoto and Hitokoto-Nushi-no-Mikoto. Since ancient times many people have prayed here for prosperity in industry, safety at sea and in traffic, and for curing illness. The sanctuary has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government.
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine in Fukuoka
"Dazaifu," the regional government for the entire Kyushu region, was established approximately 1,300 years ago.Dazaifu Tenmangu is a shrine built over the grave of Michizane Sugawara venerated by the Japanese throughout the country as the Tenman-Tenjin,or the God of literature or calligraphy.
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Yutoku Inari-jinja Shrine in Saga
Yutoku Inari-jinja, located in the city of Kashima, Saga Prefecture, is one of the largest Inari-jinja (shrines sacred to the god of business prosperity), ranking alongside Fushimi Inari-jinja in Kyoto and Kasama Inari-jinja in Ibaraki. It was build in 1687 to enshrine a spirit from the Kyoto Palace.
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Usa Shrine in Oita
There are many shrines in Japan which are named Hachiman-gu. The Emperor Ojin, who was deified as Hachiman-shin (the god of military power), is enshrined in these shrines. Usa-jingu was the first of these shrines. It is said that Hachiman-shin appeared at this place around the beginning of the 8th century.
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Fuki-ji Temple in Oita
Fukiji Temple was built in the year 718. Its Amida-do is generally called Fuki-ji O-do. It is the oldest wooden structure in Kyushu. Inside the main hall are colorful pictures portraying various themes of the Buddha, indicating the fervent Buddhist worship among the believers at this temple.
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Jurokurakan in Oita
Jurokurakan sit on top of natural rocks. Aizomedo is known for making the love wish come true. It is designated as cultural heritage by the city.
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Aso-jinja Shrine in Kumamoto
Aso-jinja is located in the center of the caldera of Aso-zan. The Aso-zan caldera is known as the largest in the world in which people are actually living. The sanctuary is located in Ge-gu (shrine at the lowest location), and Jo-gu (shrine at the highest or innermost location) in the crater of Aso-zan.
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Miyazaki-jingu Shrine in Miyazaki
Miyazaki-jingu, located in the city of Miyazaki in Miyazaki Prefecture, is a shrine sacred to Japans first emperor, Jinmu. The present sanctuary was reconstructed here in 1907. The oshirafuji in the shrine grounds is believed to be 600 years old, and has been designated a Natural Monument by the Japanese government.
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Kagoshima-jingu Shrine in Kagoshima
Kagoshima-jingu is in Hayato-cho, Kagoshima Prefecture. It is an old shrine said to have been built by the first emperor, Jinmu. The local place name Kagoshima is believed to have come from this shrine. The deity enshrined is Amatsu Hidakahiko Hohodemi no Mikoto and his consort, Tamayori-Hime.
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