Shisen-do is a Buddhist temple of the Soto Zen. Located in Kyoto’s less traveled Higashiyama district, Shisen-do is famous for its quiet atmosphere and gorgeous autumn leaves. [...]

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Chion-in Temple is the head temple of the Jodo Buddhism sect in Kyoto. The temple has over one million followers and is famous for its Sanmon Gate. [...]

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One of Kyoto's most beautiful gardens during autumn is Enkoji. It was founded in 1601 by the famous Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, who brought about the Edo period (1603-1867). Enkoji is a temple of the Rinzai Zen. [...]

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Located in the heart of Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera is one of Japan's most famous and celebrated temples thanks to its iconic 13-meter high wooden stage with a unique view. Founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa waterfall, Kiyomizu-dera literally means, “Pure Water Temple.” It was originally associated with [...]

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Today’s video is quite unusual as we are not featuring a location per se, but instead we will offer you the opportunity to follow our host from Ise-Shima area through a contemplative experience where they will both guide us by sea and by land around the Ise-Shima area.

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Located in southern Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Taisha was established before the move of Japan's capital to Kyoto in 794. It is the most important Japanese Shinto shrine dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Famous for its thousands of vermilion red Torii gates accessible 24/7 and leading […]

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Kyorinbo Temple (Shiga) is said to have been built by Crown Prince Shotoku in 605 and named as such for being originally a place of teaching ("Kyo") surrounded by a forest ("Rin"). Featuring gorgeous moss-covered stones lined-up all over its garden, Kyorinbo temple is reminiscent of the famous Japanese artist [...]

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Hyakusaiji Temple is the oldest temple in Shiga. It was erected in 606 in what used to be the town of Omi. Omi merged into the expanded city of Maibara in 2005. Portuguese missionary Luís Fróis called Hyakusiji, “Heaven on Earth” when he visited Japan in 1563. [...]

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Tarobogu is a picturesque shrine located about halfway up the 350m high Mt. Akagamiyama in Shiga prefecture. Tarobogu is known by the nickname "Tarobo-san" in Japanese. Said to have been founded around 1,400 years ago, it is connected to warding off disaster and bringing good luck and success in business. [...]

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Known now as Ama or “sea-women”, these ladies have been recognized for their importance in the development of Japan after the Mikimoto Kokichi discovery and unique production of cultured pearls in 1983. [...]

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Donkaiin temple is part of Kongosho-ji which is located on top of Mount Asama, Mie’s highest mountain. Built-in 825 by Kobo Daishi (774~835) who was a Buddhist saint and founder of the Shingon or “True Word” school of Buddhism. [...]

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Having been around since the beginning of the Kamakura period (1192 - 1333) Saimyoji represents beautiful examples of architecture from that time featuring a nail-free structure. Saimyoji is also Japan’s first National Treasure! The temple includes a stunning approach of over 1,000 maple trees and a gorgeous three-tiered pagoda. [...]

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