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. MAP405 views
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Panoramic view of Lake Biwa from Mt. Hie.247 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.232 views
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Bus service is also available along Hie-zan Driveway.178 views
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View of Lake Biwa and Otsu from Enryakuji Station.169 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.159 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159 views
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Map of Saito complex in Enryakuji.142 views
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Map of Enryakuji's Todo complex.135 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.134 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.126 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.118 views
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Lookout point along Hie-zan Driveway. This was my favorite.105 views
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge105 views
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View of Lake Biwa and Otsu. Omi Ohashi Bridge in the background. The towering building is Otsu Prince Hotel.105 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.104 viewsEnryakuji is also part of a World Heritage Site called Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.
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Yokawa Chudo Hall in Enryakuji, Mt Hiei, Otsu, Shiga. 103 views
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Shaka-do Hall, Enryakuji95 views
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Views of Lake Biwa from Hie-zan Driveway. The city of Otsu.92 views
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Kompon Chudo temple92 views
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Slope going down to Konpon Chudo Hall86 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 1927.84 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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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. 83 views
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Cable car83 views
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Inside Daikokudo Hall82 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.80 views
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Map of Yokawa80 views
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Shoro bell tower 鐘楼79 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.78 views
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About Kompon Chudo (in English, Hangul, and Chinese). Enryakuji has multi-lingual signs explaining the important buildings.78 views
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Entrance to Enryakuji's Todo complex. Admission charged.77 views
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Manpai-do Hall77 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.77 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77 views
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Daikodo Hall 大講堂75 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. T74 views
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Cable car leaving Sakamoto.73 views
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Inside Manpai-do Hall73 views
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Model of Mt. Hiei and Enryakuji.73 views
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Daikokudo Hall72 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.72 views
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Garden Museum Hiei as seen from the lookout deck71 views
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Way to Kompon Chudo Hall.71 views
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Where you take off your shoes to enter Konpon Chudo Hall.71 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.71 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.70 views
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World Heritage Site plaque70 views
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Another nice building to photograph is this Hokke Soji-in Toto pagoda.70 views
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Konpon Chudo Hall has corridors.69 views
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About Ninai-do.69 views
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Daikodo Hall68 views
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Monks67 views
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Photo of the altar inside through a narrow slit.67 views
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Sakamoto-Enryakuji Cable Car66 views
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If you go by bus, this is the entrance to Enryakuji from the parking lot.66 views
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Roof corner of Konpon Chudo Hall, a National Treasure.66 views
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Enryakuji has numerous monuments.66 views
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Inside Monjuro66 views
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Honen and Shinran66 views
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Picture panels telling the stories of Saicho and other founders.66 views
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Monjuro Tower 65 views
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Monjuro altar with Manjusri bodhisattva (Monju bosatsu).65 views
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Inside the pagoda.65 views
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Amida-do Hall altar65 views
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Inside Amida-do Hall.65 views
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Observation tower in Garden Museum Hiei, a tourist attraction on the summit of Mt. Hiei.64 views
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How the pagoda was reconstructed.64 views
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Soundscape garden in front of Amida-do Hall.64 views
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Ninai-do Hall consists of two halls connected by a corridor.64 views
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View from cable car.63 views
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Miyazawa Kenji poem monument63 views
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Steps to Monjuro.63 views
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Inside Monjuro is an altar.63 views
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Inside Yokawa Chudo Hall63 views
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Offer 50 yen to ring the bell.62 views
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Cross a short bridge to Sanno-in temple.62 views
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Entrance to Garden Museum Hiei61 views
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Midway is this station called Horaioka.61 views
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Jodo-in temple61 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.61 views
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Statue of Nichiren at Joko-in temple.61 views
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Daikodo Hall60 views
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About Daikodo Hall.60 views
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Steps to Kaidan-in temple60 views
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Kaidan-in temple60 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.60 views
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Amida-do Hall60 views
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Now I walked from Todo to the Saito temple complex.60 views
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Sanno-in temple in Saito temple complex of Enryakuji.60 views
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It was some distance to walk, but all downhill.60 views
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Minobuchi Benzaiten shrine60 views
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Inside Ganzan Daishi-do Hall60 views
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Monk with a nice car. 60 views
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About Kaidan-in temple59 views
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Altar inside Yokawa Chudo Hall59 views
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About Ganzan Daishi-do Hall59 views
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Enryakuji Station58 views
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About Amida-do Hall.58 views
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About Yokawa Chudo Hall.58 views
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Cable car back down to Sakamoto.58 views
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Cable car back down to Sakamoto.57 views
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Inside 2nd floor of Enryakuji Station.56 views
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Soothing sounds of water, etc., can be heard. Almost Zen-like.56 views
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People chanting in front of Shaka-do Hall.56 views
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Inside Yokawa Chudo Hall are numerous little Buddha statues.56 views
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Shoro Bell tower 56 views
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About Eshin-do temple 56 views
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Observation deck55 views
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Inside Shaka-do Hall55 views
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Altar inside Yokawa Chudo Hall55 views
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Ganzan Daishi-do Hall55 views
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Otsu-e picture. Details about Otsu-e here.55 views
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About Jodo-in temple54 views
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Jodo-in temple54 views
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Entrance gate to Saito from the parking lot.54 views
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Gate to Yokawa temple complex in Enryakuji.54 views
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Stilts of Yokawa Chudo Hall, the main hall in Yokawa.54 views
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Joko-in temple.54 views
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Door of Amida-do Hall53 views
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Shaka-do Hall altar53 views
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About Shaka-do Hall53 views
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Eshin-do temple 53 views
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Gate to Ganzan Daishi-do Hall53 views
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Ganzan Daishi-do Hall53 views
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Site where Saint Shinran trained at Enryakuji.52 views
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Site where Saint Shinsei trained at Enryakuji.52 views
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View during the bus ride.52 views
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Gyo-in training hall (not open to the public).52 views
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Path to Joko-in temple.52 views
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Benzaiten52 views
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Shaka-do Hall51 views
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Buddha's giant footprints.51 views
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Site where St. Honen trained at Enryakuji. Right next to Shaka-do.51 views
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About St. Shinran at Enryakuji.51 views
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Sekizan-gu Shrine 51 views
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About Sekizan-gu Shrine 51 views
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Joko-in temple.51 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.51 views
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People chanting in front of Shaka-do Hall. They are ordinary folk undergoing a training program.50 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.50 views
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Konpon Nyoho-to pagoda50 views
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Tatsugaike Pond and Benzaiten shrine50 views
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Tsubaki-do Hall.49 views
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Steps to Shaka-do Hall, the main hall in Saito.49 views
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There are these small Buddha statues all over Yokawa.49 views
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Konpon Nyoho-to pagoda49 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.49 views
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On the left is Jogyo-do Hall.48 views
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On the right is Hokke-do Hall.48 views
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Buddha's giant footprints.48 views
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Yokawa Chudo Hall balcony48 views
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Grave48 views
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About St. Shinran47 views
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Bell tower 47 views
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The entrance pathway has picture panels explaining about the famous founders of Japanese Buddhist sects.45 views
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Yokawa Chudo Hall45 views
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Statue of Nichiren at Joko-in temple.44 views
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