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Sakamoto Station on the Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line. Sakamoto is a short walk from this train station. MAP
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Sakamoto Station on the Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line. This station is closer to Sakamoto than the JR Hiezan-Sakamoto Station.
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JR Hiezan-Sakamoto Station on the JR Kosei Line accessible from Kyoto and Yamashina Stations.
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Stone wall in Sakamoto, Otsu.
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Torii gate for Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine on Hiyoshi Baba road which is today the main drag of Sakamoto leading to the shrine. Apparently, this road was a horse running course.
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In Sakamoto, Hiyoshi Baba road is lined with various cherry trees that bloom in mid-April.
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Hiyoshi Baba road in central Sakamoto. On the right is Mt. Hachijoji. 日吉馬場
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Hiyoshi Baba road
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Stone temple wall in Sakamoto, Otsu.
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Map showing Sakamoto's historic preservation area.
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Gate to a temple in Sakamoto.
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Garden at a temple in Sakamoto.
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Gate of Shiga-in Monzeki temple.
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Typical stone walls in Sakamoto
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Another torii leading to Hiyoshi Taisha. Photos of Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine here.
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Weeping cherry tree at Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine in Otsu.
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Directions to Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine and the cable car station.
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Cable car station to ride the cable car up to Enryakuji temple on Mt. Hiei. Cable Sakamoto Station. Photos of Enryakuji temple here.
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Gate to Saikyoji temple. Saikyoji is a 20-min. walk from central Sakamoto.
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Path going to Saikyoji temple's Hondo hall. This would be pretty during cherry blossom season.
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Smaller temples along the way.
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Saikyoji temple's Hondo main hall, in Otsu, Shiga. 西教寺 本堂
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Doors of Saikyoji's Hondo hall
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Inside Saikyoji's Hondo hall.
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Main altar of Saikyoji's Hondo hall.
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Main altar of Saikyoji's Hondo hall.
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Other altars in Saikyoji's Hondo hall.
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Saikyoji is noted for the grave of Akechi Mitsuhide, the lord of Sakamoto Castle and temple patron who helped to reconstruct the temple.
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Grave of Akechi Mitsuhide who is most famous for assassinating Oda Nobunaga in Kyoto. 明智光秀
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Grave of Akechi Mitsuhide's wife.
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The temple is full of other graves and monuments.
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Saikyoji temple cemetary.
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Temple belfry
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Columbariam
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Site of Sakamoto Castle, now a small park on the west shore of Otsu.
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Sakamoto Castle marker
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Maybe this was where the castle once stood? Picnic pavilion now.
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Grounds of Sakamoto Castle site on the lake shore.
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Statue of Akechi Mitsuhide at Sakamoto Castle site.
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Statue of Akechi Mitsuhide
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Unimpressive beach at the site of Sakamoto Castle.
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Beach at the site of Sakamoto Castle.
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