Most viewed - Enryakuji Temple & Hie-zan Driveway 延暦寺・比叡山
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Headquarters of the Tendai Buddhist sect, Enryakuji is a large complex of temples, halls, buildings, and monuments on Mt. Hiei in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. It boasts buildings which are National Treasures. MAP386 views
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Panoramic view of Lake Biwa from Mt. Hie.224 views
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Karasuma Peninsula in Kusatsu. There is a large lotus pond behind the windmill. About 20 min. by bus from JR Kusatsu Station.214 views
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Bus service is also available along Hie-zan Driveway.168 views
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View of Lake Biwa and Otsu from Enryakuji Station.146 views
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Enryakuji has three temple complexes. The main and largest one is called Todo (Toto) seen on the left on this map. On the right is the Saito temple complex. The summit has a tourist attraction called Garden Museum Hiei which is not part of Enryakuji.141 views
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Map of Saito complex in Enryakuji.128 views
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Konpon Chudo Hall is a National Treasure and Enryakuji's main worship hall and largest building. 根本中堂126 views
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On the foot of Mt. Hie on the Shiga side is the temple town of Sakamoto. From here, take the cable car up to Enryakuji. Also accessible from Kyoto and by bus/car via the Hie-zan Driveway. Near JR Hiezan Sakamoto Station/Keihan Sakamoto Station.120 views
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Map of Enryakuji's Todo complex.116 views
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Hokke Soji-in Toto pagoda on the left and the Amida-do Hall on the right. Enryakuji temple, Mt. Hiei, Otsu, Shiga.102 views
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View of Lake Biwa and Otsu from Enryakuji Station. The conical Mt. Mikami in Yasu can be seen on the right.98 views
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Lookout point along Hie-zan Driveway. This was my favorite.94 views
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge94 views
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Further right of Saito is the third complex called Yokawa. The three complexes are connected to each other by a road and walking path. It is possible to visit all three complexes in one day.92 viewsEnryakuji is also part of a World Heritage Site called Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.
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View of Lake Biwa and Otsu. Omi Ohashi Bridge in the background. The towering building is Otsu Prince Hotel.87 views
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Views of Lake Biwa from Hie-zan Driveway. The city of Otsu.81 views
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Yokawa Chudo Hall in Enryakuji, Mt Hiei, Otsu, Shiga. 80 views
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Slope going down to Konpon Chudo Hall74 views
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Kompon Chudo temple72 views
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Shaka-do Hall, Enryakuji72 views
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Cable car71 views
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Cable car station in Sakamoto for Enryakuji. The ride is only 8 min. Japan Railways sells a set of discount tickets for the roundtrip cable car ride, Enryakuji admission, and shuttle bus pass. 70 views
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Inside Daikokudo Hall68 views
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The inner courtyard of Konpon Chudo Hall. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to photograph inside the hall which has three lanterns with an eternal flame.68 views
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Map of Yokawa67 views
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About Kompon Chudo (in English, Hangul, and Chinese). Enryakuji has multi-lingual signs explaining the important buildings.65 views
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Shoro bell tower 鐘楼65 views
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Inside the cable car station building. Enryakuji is also accessible from the other side of the mountain, on the Kyoto side via the Eizan Cable Car.64 views
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Entrance to Enryakuji's Todo complex. Admission charged.63 views
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Inside Daikodo Hall are portraits and sculptures of founders of Japanese Buddhist sects. Honen, Shinran, Nichiren, etc. 大講堂63 views
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Cable car leaving Sakamoto.61 views
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Cable Enryakuji Station. This is the original Cable Enryakuji Station building that was used when the cable railway between Sakamoto and Mt. Hiei opened in 1927.61 viewsIt was Japan's longest cable car route (2025 meters) at the time. The first floor is the station, while the 2nd floor used to be a VIP room. The 2nd floor is now an exhibition hall and open to the public.
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Manpai-do Hall61 views
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Daikodo Hall 大講堂61 views
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Garden Museum Hiei as seen from the lookout deck60 views
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Approaching Konpon Chudo Hall or temple. Note that the Konpon Chudo (National Treasure), is undergoing a major renovations until 2025. Parts of it might be covered or closed to visitors. T60 views
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Monjuro tower houses a statue of the Manjusri bodhisattva (Monju bosatsu). It looks like a gate, but it's not.60 views
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This Hokke Soji-in Toto pagoda was rebuilt by the Sagawa Kyubin courier service and other donations in Oct. 1980. The original structure was torched in the 16th century.60 views
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Inside Manpai-do Hall59 views
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Where you take off your shoes to enter Konpon Chudo Hall.59 views
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Entrance to Konpon Chudo Hall. Note that since 2016, the Konpon Chudo Hall is undergoing a 10-year renovation project. You may see scaffolding and certain parts might be closed to visitors.59 views
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Horaioka has a small cave where stone buddhas are stored. Said to have been made for the many people who died on Mt. Hiei during the feudal period.58 views
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Daikokudo Hall58 views
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Way to Kompon Chudo Hall.58 views
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Another nice building to photograph is this Hokke Soji-in Toto pagoda.58 views
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About Ninai-do.58 views
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Model of Mt. Hiei and Enryakuji.57 views
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World Heritage Site plaque57 views
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Konpon Chudo Hall has corridors.56 views
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Monks55 views
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Enryakuji has numerous monuments.54 views
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Daikodo Hall54 views
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Photo of the altar inside through a narrow slit.54 views
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Picture panels telling the stories of Saicho and other founders.54 views
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Observation tower in Garden Museum Hiei, a tourist attraction on the summit of Mt. Hiei.53 views
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Sakamoto-Enryakuji Cable Car53 views
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Roof corner of Konpon Chudo Hall, a National Treasure.53 views
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Honen and Shinran53 views
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Ninai-do Hall consists of two halls connected by a corridor.53 views
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View from cable car.52 views
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If you go by bus, this is the entrance to Enryakuji from the parking lot.52 views
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Inside the pagoda.52 views
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How the pagoda was reconstructed.52 views
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Soundscape garden in front of Amida-do Hall.52 views
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Inside Amida-do Hall.52 views
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Miyazawa Kenji poem monument51 views
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Monjuro Tower 51 views
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Monjuro altar with Manjusri bodhisattva (Monju bosatsu).51 views
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Amida-do Hall altar51 views
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Inside Yokawa Chudo Hall51 views
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Entrance to Garden Museum Hiei50 views
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Inside Monjuro50 views
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Jodo-in temple50 views
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Path to Ruri-do, the only building that was not torched by Oda Nobunaga in the 16th century. Unfortunately, it was too far for me to reach.50 views
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Statue of Nichiren at Joko-in temple.50 views
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Cross a short bridge to Sanno-in temple.49 views
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Inside Ganzan Daishi-do Hall49 views
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Monk with a nice car. 49 views
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Inside Monjuro is an altar.48 views
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Offer 50 yen to ring the bell.48 views
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Kaidan-in temple48 views
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Kokuho-den is a museum of temple treasures. This is next to the parking lot. Admission charged, in addition to the Enryakuji admission fee.48 views
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Sanno-in temple in Saito temple complex of Enryakuji.48 views
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It was some distance to walk, but all downhill.48 views
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Minobuchi Benzaiten shrine48 views
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About Ganzan Daishi-do Hall48 views
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Midway is this station called Horaioka.47 views
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Steps to Monjuro.47 views
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Daikodo Hall47 views
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About Daikodo Hall.47 views
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About Kaidan-in temple47 views
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Amida-do Hall47 views
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About Amida-do Hall.47 views
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Altar inside Yokawa Chudo Hall47 views
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About Yokawa Chudo Hall.47 views
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Steps to Kaidan-in temple46 views
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Now I walked from Todo to the Saito temple complex.46 views
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Cable car back down to Sakamoto.46 views
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Enryakuji Station45 views
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People chanting in front of Shaka-do Hall.45 views
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Shoro Bell tower 45 views
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About Eshin-do temple 45 views
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Cable car back down to Sakamoto.45 views
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Observation deck44 views
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Inside 2nd floor of Enryakuji Station.44 views
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Soothing sounds of water, etc., can be heard. Almost Zen-like.44 views
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Inside Shaka-do Hall44 views
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Inside Yokawa Chudo Hall are numerous little Buddha statues.44 views
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Altar inside Yokawa Chudo Hall44 views
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Ganzan Daishi-do Hall44 views
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Otsu-e picture. Details about Otsu-e here.44 views
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About Jodo-in temple43 views
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Jodo-in temple43 views
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Entrance gate to Saito from the parking lot.43 views
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Shaka-do Hall altar43 views
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Gate to Yokawa temple complex in Enryakuji.43 views
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Stilts of Yokawa Chudo Hall, the main hall in Yokawa.43 views
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Joko-in temple.43 views
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About Shaka-do Hall42 views
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Gate to Ganzan Daishi-do Hall42 views
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Door of Amida-do Hall41 views
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Site where Saint Shinsei trained at Enryakuji.41 views
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View during the bus ride.41 views
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Eshin-do temple 41 views
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Gyo-in training hall (not open to the public).41 views
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Path to Joko-in temple.41 views
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Benzaiten41 views
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Shaka-do Hall40 views
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Site where St. Honen trained at Enryakuji. Right next to Shaka-do.40 views
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About St. Shinran at Enryakuji.40 views
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Sekizan-gu Shrine 40 views
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About Sekizan-gu Shrine 40 views
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Joko-in temple.40 views
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Thank you for coming to worship. From here, I caught a shuttle bus back to the Enryakuji cable car station.40 views
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Site where Saint Shinran trained at Enryakuji.39 views
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People chanting in front of Shaka-do Hall. They are ordinary folk undergoing a training program.39 views
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Buddha's giant footprints.39 views
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Konpon Nyoho-to pagoda39 views
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Tatsugaike Pond and Benzaiten shrine39 views
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Ganzan Daishi-do Hall39 views
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On the left is Jogyo-do Hall.38 views
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Steps to Shaka-do Hall, the main hall in Saito.38 views
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Shuttle buses run between all three temple complexes. I took the shuttle bus from Saito to Yokawa which was too far away to walk.38 views
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There are these small Buddha statues all over Yokawa.38 views
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Konpon Nyoho-to pagoda38 views
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Tsubaki-do Hall.37 views
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On the right is Hokke-do Hall.37 views
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Buddha's giant footprints.37 views
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The Enryakuji shuttle bus runs every day between the cable car station, Toto, Saito, and Yokawa during March 21 to Nov. 30 from 10 am to 4:30 pm. They don't run that often so check the bus times.37 views
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About St. Shinran36 views
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Bell tower 36 views
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Grave36 views
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Yokawa Chudo Hall balcony35 views
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The entrance pathway has picture panels explaining about the famous founders of Japanese Buddhist sects.34 views
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Yokawa Chudo Hall34 views
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Statue of Nichiren at Joko-in temple.33 views
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