Kitano Tenmangu
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Kitano Tenmangu

Kitano Tenmangu is well known as a shrine dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and…

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Kurashiki
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Kurashiki

Kurashiki in Okayama-ken was developed as a river port in the 1920's. It is famous…

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Amanohashidate in the rain
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Amanohashidate in the rain

Amanohashidate is known as one of the 3 great scenery spots in Japan. It is…

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Myoshinji Autumn Colors
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Myoshinji Autumn Colors

A quiet walk through the grounds of Myoshinji Temple in Kyoto looking at the Autumn…

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Zazen Meditation at Myoshinji
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Zazen Meditation at Myoshinji

Myoshinji Temple is in the Hanazono quarter in Kyoto. It is a wonderful complex of…

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Kyoto After Typhoon
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Kyoto After Typhoon

The recent typhoon that is passing over Japan caused the Kamogawa River in Kyoto to…

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Gion Matsuri
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Gion Matsuri

The Gion Matsuri is one of the 3 well known and important annual festivals in…

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Princess Mononoke Forest
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Princess Mononoke Forest

I went to Yakushima recently and took some photos near the beach and in the…

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Sakura at Kyoto Incline
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Sakura at Kyoto Incline

The Incline at Keage in Kyoto is the old train line where barges would come…

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Spring Walk, Kyoto Gosho
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Spring Walk, Kyoto Gosho

The Kyoto Gosho, Imperial Palace and gardens are a great spot for casual walking, playing…

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Yoshida Jinja Sunset
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Yoshida Jinja Sunset

I took a short walk at sunset up past Kyoto University to Yoshida Jinja. You…

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Shimogamo Shrine
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Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. Located in Kyoto next…

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Kiyamachi Dori
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Kiyamachi Dori

Kiyamachi Dori in Kyoto is one of the well known streets in Kyoto city. The…

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Aoi Matsuri
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Aoi Matsuri

The Aoi Matsuri is one of the three main festivals held in Kyoto each year…

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Osaka’s Umeda Sky Building
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Osaka’s Umeda Sky Building

The Umeda Sky Building is one of the well known landmarks on Osaka's city skyline.…

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Nata Tera Temple
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Nata Tera Temple

Nata tera Temple was founded in the first year of the Nara Period, 717. It…

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Ninnaji Temple
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Ninnaji Temple

Ninnaji (仁和寺) is a temple in Kyoto listed as a World Heritage Site. It is…

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Daitokuji Temple
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Daitokuji Temple

Daitokuji Temple is located in the North part of Kyoto City near Kinkakuji and was…

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Ishiyama Temple
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Ishiyama Temple

Ishiyama Temple (石山寺) in Shiga Prefecture, said to have been constructed around 762, is the…

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Kamogawa, Kyoto
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Kamogawa, Kyoto

The Kamo river (kamogawa) runs through Kyoto, historically providing an important water supply, but also…

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Takamatsu, Shikoku
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Takamatsu, Shikoku

Takamatsu is the one of the gateway cities to Shikoku . Trains coming across the…

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Snow in Tokyo
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Snow in Tokyo

We had snow in Tokyo tonight. Normally we get a bit of snow between January…

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Suzumushi Temple
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Suzumushi Temple

I visited Suzumushi Temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto in Summer and enjoyed the speech given by…

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Glover Garden, Nagasaki
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Glover Garden, Nagasaki

Glover Garden is a park in Nagasaki, overlooking Nagasaki Harbor. It was built for Thomas…

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Dougo Onsen, Shikoku
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Dougo Onsen, Shikoku

Dougo Onsen is located in Matsuyama, on the island of Shikoku. The Onsen is well…

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Nijo Castle, Kyoto
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Nijo Castle, Kyoto

Nijo Castle (Nijojo) in Kyoto is a great place to visit in any season. The…

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