Sanzen-in: Amida Sanzon (Kyoto)

Ohara (大原) – December 31, 2019 When you imagine traveling around Japan, images of trains inevitably arise. And yes, you can get to many of Japan’s most famous sites easily by train. However, some truly beautiful locations can be easily reached only by bus or car. Sanzen-in is one of those places. Sanzen-in is a lush, moss-covered temple complex in Ohara, about an hour north of Kyoto by bus. The winding pathways through the garden lead visitors to many interesting things. In the garden you can find cute stone Warabe-jizo statues, a small pond, and more as you make your…

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Sanzen-in: Honzon Yakushi Nyorai (Kyoto)

When you imagine traveling around Japan, images of trains inevitably arise. And yes, you can get to many of Japan’s most famous sites easily by train. However, some truly beautiful locations can be easily reached only by bus or car. Sanzen-in is one of those places. Sanzen-in is a lush, moss-covered temple complex in Ohara, about an hour north of Kyoto by bus. The winding pathways through the garden lead visitors to many interesting things. In the garden you can find cute stone Warabe-jizo statues, a small pond, and more as you make your way to the various temples. It…

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Sanzen-in: Shou Kannon (Kyoto)

Ohara (大原) – December 31, 2019 When you imagine traveling around Japan, images of trains inevitably arise. And yes, you can get to many of Japan’s most famous sites easily by train. However, some truly beautiful locations can be easily reached only by bus or car. Sanzen-in is one of those places. Sanzen-in is a lush, moss-covered temple complex in Ohara, about an hour north of Kyoto by bus. The winding pathways through the garden lead visitors to many interesting things. In the garden you can find cute stone Warabe-jizo statues, a small pond, and more as you make your…

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Namba Shrine (Osaka)

– Namba Shrine – 平野神社 – Osaka(大阪) – December 30, 2019 Not to be mistaken with the flashier Namba Yasaka Shrine, Namba Shrine is a lovely, peaceful shrine located between Hommachi Station and Shinsaibashi Station. It was built by the 18th emperor of Japan and was later moved to its current location in 1583 Website (JP) Location

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Hokoku Shrine (Osaka)

– Hokoku Shrine – 豊國神社- Osaka(大阪市) – December 30, 2019 The instant you get out of the station, you can spot Osaka Castle. It’s raised up high above the mote and stands several stories high. You can’t help but stare at it as you stroll through the park towards it. But as you wander around the corner, your eye gets taken by a large torii gate. This is the gate to Hokoku Shrine. Just through the torii you can see a large statue of the man the shrine’s dedicated to: Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the second great unifier of Japan and the…

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Ninna-ji

– Ninna-ji – 仁和寺 – Kyoto(京都) – August 8, 2018 Ninna-ji is one of the several great World Heritage Sites in Kyoto. Some of its stunning features include its Niomon front gate, five storied pagoda, and late-blooming Omuro cherry blossoms. It is the head temple of the Omuro school of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. During the Heian period, Emperor Koko had its construction started in 886 and it was completed in 888AD. The oldest buildings were all built in the 1600s. These include the Niomon front gate, Chumon inner gate, the main hall, the Kannon Hall, and its pagoda.…

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