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Nara

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  • Todaiji Temple

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    Nara Things to Do

    Todaiji Temple means Great Eastern Temple. It was constructed in 752. It became the head temple of all the Buddhist temples of Japan and later grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in an attempt to reduce Todaiji's power and influence. Todaiji's main hall is the world's largest wooden building. It is home to one...

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  • Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara-eki

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    After a disappointing stay at the Super Hotel in Kyoto, I thought that this branch would be similar...

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  • Kasuga Shrine.

    Nara Things to Do

    Kasuga Taisha or Kasuga Shrine is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of Nara. Kasuga Shrine is famous for its lanterns. Hundreds of beautiful bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the shrine's buildings and hundreds of wonderful stone lanterns are located around the outside of the shrine. The lanterns are lit twice a year on...

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Tenri

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  • Getting to Tenri

    Tenri Transportation

    Tenri Station is served by Kintetsu and JR Railway. From Osaka, you can take JR Railway and transfer at Nara to get to Tenri. If you are near Tsuruhashi Station, take the Kintetsu Line to Yamato Saidaiji Station and transfer to the Tenri Line to reach Tenri Station.From Kyoto, take the Kintetsu Line south to transfer to the Tenri Line (you can do...

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  • Oyamato Shrine

    Tenri Things to Do

    Oyamato Shrine is located along the Yamanobe no Michi, the oldest road in Japan. It was designated as one of the top 22 shrines in the nation during the Heian Period and the Imperial Court made special offerings here. During WWII, it was the shrine of the ship Yamato, which sank in the war.Entrance to the shrine grounds are free.

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  • Tenrikyo Church

    Tenri Things to Do

    The Tenrikyo Church in Tenri is the headquarters of the Tenrikyo faith, a New Age religion founded by Miki Nakayama who claimed to have had a vision in which she was told she was God's shrine. She took a vow of poverty and dedicated her life to the promotion of her faith. She is said to have had healing powers and the ability to see the...

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Asuka

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  • Ishibutai

    Asuka Things to Do

    The Ishibutai is an ancient tomb and arguably the most famous site in Asuka. It was constructed in the 7th century. It is not known who was buried here, although scholars suspect it may have been Soga no Umako, a former ruler.The stones are believed to have been set by digging holes to set the walls in and them pulling the ceiling stone overtop....

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  • Okadera

    Asuka Things to Do

    Okadera is the 7th temple of the Saigoku 33 Kannon Temple Pilgrimage. The temple was built in the 7th century and houses a statue of the priest Gien which is a National Treasure. The statues inside are impressive and the temple complex is quite large. It's built into the hills but is still very easily accessible from Asuka's other sites. There is a...

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  • Asuka-dera Temple

    Asuka Things to Do

    Asuka-dera was built in 596 as the nation's first temple, making it one of Japan's most important temples. In addition, the Asuka Great Buddha inside the temple is the oldest statue of Buddha in Japan built in 609. In spite of its significance, the temple looks rather small, but when it was originally built Asuka-dera had many more buildings. It...

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Yoshino

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  • Hanakueshiki Ceremony

    Yoshino Things to Do

    The Hanakueshiki Ceremony is held every year on April 10, 11, and 12 at Kinpusenji Temple. The festival is said to be 1000 years old. It begins with a procession to Kinpusenji Temple followed by the Goma Fire Ceremony held in the temple grounds. The holy men and women burn pine branches and then add the gomaki (the Buddhist 'sticks' that people...

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  • Mikumari Shrine

    Yoshino Things to Do

    Mikumari Shrine was built by Toyotomi Hidetori (son of Toyotomi Hideyoshi). The shrine's architecture is very unique; it is enclosed on all sides except for the entryway and there is a cherry tree in the center. The roofs on each side are beautiful and together with the rest of the shrine's features creates an impressive scene from inside however,...

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  • Getting to Yoshino

    Yoshino Transportation

    Yoshino Staton, along the Kintetsu Line, serves Yoshino. In Kyoto, Kyoto Station contains Kintetsu Railway. The Keihan Line intersects at Tanbabashi, so you can transfer to the Kintetsu Line from there if you are on the Keihan Line.From Osaka, you can actually go directly to Yoshino from OsakaAbenobashi Station. Tsuruhashi Station on the Loop Line...

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Shimo-ichi

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  • Getting to Shimoichi

    Shimo-ichi Transportation

    The town's station is Shimoichiguchi Station and it is located on the Kintetsu Line.From Kyoto, you can head south to KashiharaJinguMae Station and then transfer to the Yoshino Line to reach Shimoichiguchi Station.From Osaka, you can go directly to Shimoichiguchi Station from OsakaAbenobashi Station (across from Tennoji Ekimae Station).From...

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  • Niukawakami Shimosha Shrine

    Shimo-ichi Things to Do

    Niukawakami Shimosha is one of three shrines that make up Niukawakami Shrine (the others being Niukawakami Nakasha and Kamisha). It is the "lower shrine" (Shimosha). It was not originally one of the Niukawakami, though; It was formerly independent. The holy tree beside the shrine is said to be where a water spirit resides.The shrine is really...

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Sakurai

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  • Hasedera Temple

    Sakurai Things to Do

    Hase-dera is Sakurai's most well-known site. The first buildings were built in 686 at the request of Emperor Tenmu. Today it is the head of the Buzan school of Shingon Buddhism. The complex is large and there are many buildings. The long corridor leading from the Niomon Gate to the main hall consists of 399 steps. The reason is because 4 is...

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  • Tanzan Shrine

    Sakurai Things to Do

    Located on Mount Tonomine, Tanzan Shrine is quite isolated but well worth the trip! The shrine was first built to enshrine Kamatari Fujiwara, one of the most influential members of the Fujiwara clan. The pagoda dates back to 1532. Most of the shrine buildings are Important Cultural Properties.The view of the complex from the hill across from it is...

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  • Chikamatsu Monzaemon Tea House Monument

    Sakurai Things to Do

    This monument is located at the spot where the teahouse, Takedaya, is said to have stood. The teahouse is from Chikamatsu Monzaemon's famous tale "The Courrier from Hell". In the story, the main characters stopped at this teahouse when fleeing to Ninokuchi village. This is one of Monzaemon's famous love suicide tales. The monument is along the...

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