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SIGHTSEEING IN JAPAN (Kansai Area)


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Last update May 9, 2011




Temples
Todaiji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple
Otokuni Temple
Ikkyuji Temple
Kabusanji Temple
Shrines
Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine
Castles
Nijo Castle
Data
Japanese Era List
Japanese Emperors
Chinese Dynasties
Sightseeing Glossary
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Tōdaiji Temple

Think BIG in a small islands country? Try this one. Located in Nara prefecture, it's one of the most popular spots many rubbernecks both in Japan and from abroad can't miss. For animal lovers, there are always those herds of deer adorably cajoling for the visitors' generous feast in the nearby park.
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Nijō Castle

Tom Cruise has visited and if you are his fan or not, the castle is worth visiting, not only because it's on the UNESCO's world cultural heritage list, but also it's just 'cool.' Elaborate interior decorations and kimono-clad mannequins give you a glimpse of a samurai house in the Edo Period (1603 - 1867).
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Kinkakuji Temple

President Bush and his wife visited and admired its glamor, and accompanying then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi might have wanted to say his pet phrase "I'm moved". For a little bit of zen feel, the temple (officially Rokuonji Temple) may be a showcase of what a Buddha's Pure Land would be like.
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Nagaoka Temmangu Shrine

One of its kind built to honor the spirit of Patron of Academy Michizane, who is believed to give good lucks in academic activities. If not 'success', at least it seems to render a divine mental pep-up; it becomes bustled with Japanese students and their families on new year's days. You can just forget about a divine support and enjoy vermilion azalea beauty in early summer.
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Otokuni Temple

Nicknamed "Peony Temple", the temple garden hosts 30 species and 2000 roots of peonies to please your eyes. Being a small temple without grandiosity found in major ones in Kyōto city, it's a very historical site that big names of Buddhist figures and emperors such as Prince Shōtoku, Master Kōbō, Emperors Keitai, Kammu and Uda had something to do with.
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Ikkyūji Temple

Seeking for serenity and simplicity? You will find them here. Embraced in quiet comfort of viewing a white pebble garden sitting on the Engawa veranda, you can wabi-sabi your holiday time to your heart's content--without being disturbed by busy bunch of visitors.
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Kabusanji Temple

When autumn becomes deeper, in Japan, it's the season of a red-leaves-viewing pilgrimage. Just like cherry blossoms in spring, red leaves in autumn is something most Japanese can't simply miss! Here is a hidden spot amid mountains for those who want to quietly enjoy the beauty. This is also the first temple in Japan in which a Vaishravana image was enshrined.
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Yoshimine Temple

Cherry blossoms, azaleas, hydrangeas, and red leaves in autumn. Whatever season you visit, there's something that pleases your eyes. Don't miss the 600-year "Idling Dragon Pine" tree. The temple also has some important cultural property items.
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Miyama Kayabuki Village

If you are tired from an urban hectic week, holidays can be spent in a reclusive, quiet countryside. This is a small village of old Japanese grass-thatched houses, where you can relax, contemplate, or remember good old days, absorbed in retro comfort.
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Wakazono Rose Garden

If it's flower you want to see, nothing more and nothing less, the place you should go is botanical gardens or a park with big flower gardens. And for the rose, you may want to try this place. Open in spring and autumn, the garden is the home to 150 species of graceful roses.
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