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Memorial for the war dead
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Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳
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Maruyama Tumulus in Torahime, Nagahama.
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Maruyama Tumulus monument
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Maruyama Tumulus next to Jiyukan Hall. MAP
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Jiyukan Hall
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Jiyukan Hall is a gathering place with rooms for rent and an exhibition space. 時遊館
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Jiyukan Hall
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Garden at Jiyukan Hall
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Exhibition inside Jiyukan Hall
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Exhibition inside Jiyukan Hall
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Panels explaining local history.
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Lounge with picture windows showing views of Mt. Ibuki.
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Mt. Ibuki as seen from Torahime. Gansan Daishi temple can also be seen.
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Mt. Ibuki as seen from Torahime in winter.
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Gomura Betsuin Gate. The Hondo main hall was reconstructed in 1730 and the front gate was built in 1674. MAP
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Gomura Betsuin, Hondo Main Hall. Torahime's most noted sight and an Important Cultural Property is a Buddhist temple of the Jodo Shinshu Sect's Otani School (Higashi Hongwanji).
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Gomura Betsuin belfry
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Gyokusenji or Gansan Daishi temple 玉泉寺
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Gyokusenji is a Buddhist temple of the Tendai Sect, commonly called Gansan Daishi, after the priest Gansan Daishi 元三大師 (912-985) whose birthplace is near the temple. MAP
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Gansan Daishi temple, the current Hondo main hall was reconstructed in 1780.
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Gansan Daishi entered the priesthood at age 17 on Mt. Hiei's Enryakuji temple. In 966, he became the 18th head priest of the Tendai Sect at Enryakuji.
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Gansan Daishi belfry
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Gansan Daishi
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Gansan Daishi
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Gansan Daishi
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Kannon-do Hall housing a seated Kannon statue. 観音堂
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Seated Kannon statue inside Kannon-do Hall. The hall is not normally open, so permission is needed to view it. 木造聖観音坐像
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Takawa River Culvert monument
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Entrance to Takawa River Culvert originally built in 1885 to direct the Takawa River to flow under another river called Kojigawa. The current culvert was rebuilt in 1966. MAP
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Map of the culvert project. The culvert was built to prevent flooding from three rivers flowing through the town.
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Bridge over Kojigawa River.
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Kojigawa River. The Takawa Culvert is directly below this river.
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Other side of Takawa Culvert.
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The Takawa River flows on to Lake Biwa.
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Mizuhiki Shrine near the Takawa River Culvert. 水引神社
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Mizuhiki Shrine. "Mizuhiki" means "to draw water."
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Rainfall gauge
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Arrival at JR Torahime Station on the JR Hokuriku Main Line.
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Torahime Station platform and sign
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The new Torahime Station on JR Hokuriku Main Line
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Built in a loghouse-style. All wood.
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Torahime Station
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Inside the new Torahime Station
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Tiger Princess Shrine at Torahime Station. (Torahime literally means "Tiger Princess.")
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In Oct. 2005, some people came here to pray for Osaka's Hanshin Tigers baseball team to win the Japan Series against the Chiba Lotte Marines who later won the series in a four-game sweep. The Tigers never won a game in the series.
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Be photographed as a Tiger Princess
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Inside the Italian restaurant at Torahime Station.
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Bicycle parking at Torahime Station
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"Torahime Tiger Princess, the Goddess of Victory"
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New event space called "Coco," opened in March 2008, across from Torahime Station
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Tiger Princess statue outside the Torahime Station
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Tiger Princess statue
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Tourist map of Torahime
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Tourist map of Torahime
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Main drag of Torahime
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Roadside shrine
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Umahashi Bridge うまはし
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Takawa River 田川
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Takawa River 田川
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Mt. Ibuki and a "tiger stripe" barrel.
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Monument marking the site of Lord Yamauchi Kazutoyo's first fief which was in Torahime.
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Cherry blossoms along the Kasumitei riverbank.
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Front entrance to Torahime High School, one of Shiga's most excellent schools, boasting Shiga's highest rate of college-bound students.
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Torahime High School in the distance, next to rice paddies.
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Mt. Ibuki can be seen from almost everywhere in Torahime.
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Torahime manhole, Nagahama, Shiga Pref.
     
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