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. MAP398 views
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Panoramic view of Lake Biwa from Mt. Hie.236 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.225 views
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Bus service is also available along Hie-zan Driveway.174 views
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View of Lake Biwa and Otsu from Enryakuji Station.159 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.153 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148 views
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Map of Saito complex in Enryakuji.137 views
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Map of Enryakuji's Todo complex.129 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.128 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.118 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.111 views
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Lookout point along Hie-zan Driveway. This was my favorite.100 views
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge100 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.100 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.100 views
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Yokawa Chudo Hall in Enryakuji, Mt Hiei, Otsu, Shiga. 95 views
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Views of Lake Biwa from Hie-zan Driveway. The city of Otsu.87 views
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Shaka-do Hall, Enryakuji87 views
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Kompon Chudo temple84 views
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Slope going down to Konpon Chudo Hall81 views
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Cable car79 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. 78 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 1927.77 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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Inside Daikokudo Hall76 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.75 views
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Map of Yokawa75 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.73 views
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Entrance to Enryakuji's Todo complex. Admission charged.73 views
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About Kompon Chudo (in English, Hangul, and Chinese). Enryakuji has multi-lingual signs explaining the important buildings.73 views
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Shoro bell tower 鐘楼73 views
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Manpai-do Hall71 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71 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.69 views
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Daikodo Hall 大講堂69 views
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Cable car leaving Sakamoto.68 views
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Inside Manpai-do Hall68 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. T68 views
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Model of Mt. Hiei and Enryakuji.67 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.67 views
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Garden Museum Hiei as seen from the lookout deck66 views
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Daikokudo Hall66 views
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Way to Kompon Chudo Hall.66 views
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Where you take off your shoes to enter Konpon Chudo Hall.66 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.66 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.65 views
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Another nice building to photograph is this Hokke Soji-in Toto pagoda.65 views
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World Heritage Site plaque64 views
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About Ninai-do.64 views
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Konpon Chudo Hall has corridors.63 views
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Monks62 views
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Photo of the altar inside through a narrow slit.62 views
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If you go by bus, this is the entrance to Enryakuji from the parking lot.61 views
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Enryakuji has numerous monuments.61 views
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Daikodo Hall61 views
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Picture panels telling the stories of Saicho and other founders.61 views
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Observation tower in Garden Museum Hiei, a tourist attraction on the summit of Mt. Hiei.60 views
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Sakamoto-Enryakuji Cable Car60 views
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Roof corner of Konpon Chudo Hall, a National Treasure.60 views
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Honen and Shinran60 views
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Inside the pagoda.60 views
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Inside Amida-do Hall.60 views
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View from cable car.59 views
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Monjuro altar with Manjusri bodhisattva (Monju bosatsu).59 views
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How the pagoda was reconstructed.59 views
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Soundscape garden in front of Amida-do Hall.59 views
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Amida-do Hall altar59 views
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Ninai-do Hall consists of two halls connected by a corridor.59 views
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Miyazawa Kenji poem monument58 views
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Inside Monjuro58 views
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Monjuro Tower 58 views
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Inside Yokawa Chudo Hall58 views
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Cross a short bridge to Sanno-in temple.57 views
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Entrance to Garden Museum Hiei56 views
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Steps to Monjuro.56 views
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Inside Monjuro is an altar.56 views
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Offer 50 yen to ring the bell.56 views
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Kaidan-in temple56 views
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Jodo-in temple56 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.56 views
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Statue of Nichiren at Joko-in temple.56 views
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Midway is this station called Horaioka.55 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.55 views
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Amida-do Hall55 views
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It was some distance to walk, but all downhill.55 views
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Minobuchi Benzaiten shrine55 views
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Inside Ganzan Daishi-do Hall55 views
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Monk with a nice car. 55 views
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Daikodo Hall54 views
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About Daikodo Hall.54 views
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Steps to Kaidan-in temple54 views
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Now I walked from Todo to the Saito temple complex.54 views
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Sanno-in temple in Saito temple complex of Enryakuji.54 views
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Altar inside Yokawa Chudo Hall54 views
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About Ganzan Daishi-do Hall54 views
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Enryakuji Station53 views
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About Kaidan-in temple53 views
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About Amida-do Hall.53 views
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About Yokawa Chudo Hall.53 views
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Cable car back down to Sakamoto.53 views
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About Eshin-do temple 52 views
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Cable car back down to Sakamoto.52 views
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Inside 2nd floor of Enryakuji Station.51 views
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People chanting in front of Shaka-do Hall.51 views
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Inside Yokawa Chudo Hall are numerous little Buddha statues.51 views
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Altar inside Yokawa Chudo Hall51 views
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Shoro Bell tower 51 views
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Observation deck50 views
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Soothing sounds of water, etc., can be heard. Almost Zen-like.50 views
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Inside Shaka-do Hall50 views
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Ganzan Daishi-do Hall50 views
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Otsu-e picture. Details about Otsu-e here.50 views
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About Jodo-in temple49 views
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Jodo-in temple49 views
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Entrance gate to Saito from the parking lot.49 views
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Shaka-do Hall altar49 views
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Gate to Yokawa temple complex in Enryakuji.49 views
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Stilts of Yokawa Chudo Hall, the main hall in Yokawa.49 views
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Joko-in temple.49 views
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Door of Amida-do Hall48 views
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About Shaka-do Hall48 views
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Eshin-do temple 48 views
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Gate to Ganzan Daishi-do Hall48 views
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Site where Saint Shinran trained at Enryakuji.47 views
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Site where Saint Shinsei trained at Enryakuji.47 views
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View during the bus ride.47 views
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Ganzan Daishi-do Hall47 views
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Gyo-in training hall (not open to the public).47 views
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Path to Joko-in temple.47 views
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Benzaiten47 views
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Shaka-do Hall46 views
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Buddha's giant footprints.46 views
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Site where St. Honen trained at Enryakuji. Right next to Shaka-do.46 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.46 views
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About St. Shinran at Enryakuji.46 views
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Sekizan-gu Shrine 46 views
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About Sekizan-gu Shrine 46 views
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Joko-in temple.46 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.46 views
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People chanting in front of Shaka-do Hall. They are ordinary folk undergoing a training program.45 views
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Konpon Nyoho-to pagoda45 views
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Tatsugaike Pond and Benzaiten shrine45 views
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Tsubaki-do Hall.44 views
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On the left is Jogyo-do Hall.44 views
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Steps to Shaka-do Hall, the main hall in Saito.44 views
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There are these small Buddha statues all over Yokawa.44 views
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Konpon Nyoho-to pagoda44 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.44 views
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On the right is Hokke-do Hall.43 views
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Buddha's giant footprints.43 views
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Grave43 views
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About St. Shinran42 views
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Yokawa Chudo Hall balcony42 views
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Bell tower 42 views
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The entrance pathway has picture panels explaining about the famous founders of Japanese Buddhist sects.40 views
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Yokawa Chudo Hall40 views
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Statue of Nichiren at Joko-in temple.39 views
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