oya-san or Koyasan is a mountain located in Wakayam prefecture and in the center of the Shingo Buddhist sect introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi (see Ōsu Kannon – Nagoya), one of Japan’s most important religious figures. It was then natural that such an important and well-respected figure would have to rest in […]

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Located in Kyoto Prefecture and more precisely near Kameoka City, the Izumo Daijingu was founded in 702 to enshrine the god Okuninushi and his beloved wife Mihotsu-hime. Izumo Daijingu is associated with 3 divine favors – health, marriage and fortune. Water spouting from Mikage mountain, known as Manai no Mizu, is supposed to bring longevity […]

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Yoshimie-dera or Yoshimiedera (善峯寺) is a temple of the Tendai school of Buddishm located in the mountains of Kyoto’s western ward of Nishikyō-ku which overlooks the city. Established in 1029 as a personal retreat for a priest from Enryakuji, named Gesan, Yoshimie-dera was destroyed in 1467 during the Omin war and later rebuilt in 1621. […]

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Jojuji may not be the most visited temple in Kyoto, nor the biggest in size, but thanks to its unique entrance, Jojuji offers, especially in autumn, one of Kyoto’s most magical Momiji (red maple leaves) experiences. And to be fair, and at least for us at TokyoStreetView, Jojuji is exactly what Kyoto is all about; […]

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Located in a neighborhood of Kyoto neighborhood and in the heart of the Takao mountain, Saimyo-ji temple, along with Jingoji (Jongo-ji) and Kozanji (Kozan-ji) temples, is well known as one of the “Sanbi” or three tails temples famous for its autumn colors. Founded in 824 by the priest Chisen, a disciple of the the Revered […]

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The Sagano Romantic Train, also known as the Sagano Scenic Railway or Sagano Torokko, is a sightseeing train line that runs along the Hozugawa River between Kyoto Arashiyama and Kameoka. Originally designed to connect the cities of Kyoto and Kameoka, the train now caters exclusively to tourists. Since 1989, passengers can enjoy one of Kyoto’s […]

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Tsukiyomi-no-kami is an auxiliary shrine or “Betsugo” of Ise’s Grand Shrine Geku located near the center of Ise. This shrine is dedicated to the brother of Amaterasu Omikami, presiding over the ‘night world’ and revered for viewing the moon at night.

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There is no doubt that Kyoto is easily one of Japan’s most beautiful cities, however, ignoring the stunning places in the area surrounding Kyoto would be a huge mistake! Located 20 minutes away from Kyoto, Kameoka is one of those cities that definitely offers some of Kyoto’s most impressive experiences and chief among them : […]

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Also known as the ‘bay of pearls’, Ago Bay is a stunning scenic bay located near Ise which hosts as many as 50 different islands of various sizes. Because of its unique location and its complicated coastline, Ago Bay quickly became one of the most famous pearl culture spots in Japan and this is thanks […]

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Erected in 768 and located in in the south-west area of Kyoto on the slopes of Mount Oshio, Oharano Shrine is a Shinto shrine related to the Fujiwara clan, one of Japanese history’s most powerful families from 794 to 1185. It is said that that when the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in […]

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A good hour away by car from Ise, Kongosho-Ji is a secluded temple hidden on top of Mount Asama, Mie’s highest mountain. Founded in 825 by Kobo Daishi (774~835), a buddhist saint founder of the Shingon or “True Word” school of Buddhism, Kongosho-Ji is in fact a rampart designed to protect Ise Jingu from any […]

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Located in the neighborhood of Arashiyama in Kyoto, Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji is a Buddhist temple famous for its 1200 rakan, or stone statues, representing the disciples of Buddha. Founded in the middle of the eighth century by Empress Shōtoku, the Otagi Nenbutsu-ji had been destroyed many times until it was moved to its current location in […]

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