Most viewed - Chikubushima 竹生島
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Tsukubusuma Shrine (National Treasure) on Chikubushima island, Nagahama, Shiga. It worships Benzaiten as well as the Dragon God and Azai-hime. 都久夫須麻神社329 views
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Chikubushima is home to Hogonji Temple first built in 724 as ordered by the Emperor to worship the Goddess Benzaiten. It belongs to the Shingon Buddhist Sect (Buzan School) and it is the 30th temple in the 33-Temple Pilgrimage of Saigoku. 宝厳寺287 views
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Chikubushima is also home to Tsukubusuma (Chikubushima) Shrine which is also a National Treasure. Until 1868 when Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines were required to be separate, the shrine was part of Hogonji temple.278 views
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Nagahama Port is where you board the boat for Chikubushima. There are several round trips every day from either port. No reservations necessary. Within walking distance from Nagahama Station.233 viewsChikubushima can be reached from Nagahama Port, Hikone Port, or Imazu Port on the other side of the lake. There are several round trips every day from either port. Nagahama boat schedule: [url=http://www.biwakokisen.co.jp/[/url] and Hikone boat schedule: http://www.ohmitetudo.co.jp/marine_time-table2017_hikone-chikubushima-hikone_normal/index.html
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Chikubushima is Lake Biwa's most famous, historic, and sacred island. National Historic Site MAP233 views
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Keihan Maru boat during the early 1900s. This is a vintage postcard showing a steamer called Keihan Maru moored at Chikubushima. This boat landing is still being used.209 views
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Kannondo Temple and Karamon gate of Hogonji temple on Chikubushima island, Nagahama, Shiga.207 views
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Throw your two dishes at the torii gate. If your dish goes under the torii gate, your wish will come true. Geez, look at all those failed wishes (shattered dishes).199 viewsThis is also one location where the film Idai Naru, Shurararabon (偉大なる、しゅららぼん The Great Shu Ra Ra Boom) was filmed. The scene where Ryosuke throws his small dish through the torii.
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Tsukubusuma Shrine (National Treasure)186 views
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Karamon Gate 唐門 (National Treasure). Entrance to the Kannondo Temple. Said to have come from Toyotomi Hideyoshi's original mausoleum in Kyoto. From the Momoyama Period. Chikubushima, Nagahama, Shiga.185 viewsThis could also have been the gate to the Gokuraku Bridge at Hideyoshi's Osaka Castle in the early 17th century.
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North face of Chikubushima is also badly damaged and going bald. The cormorant bird droppings and nesting activities (breaking off branches) are killing off the trees.184 views
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East view of Chikubushima, whose trees are badly ravaged by kawau cormorants. Over 30,000 of these birds live on the island.175 views
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Nagahama Castle from Lake Biwa167 views
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Three-Story Pagoda. Reconstructed in 2000. The original pagoda was destroyed by fire caused by lightning during the early Edo Period. It took six years to complete.163 views
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Benzaiten-do Hall, the main worship hall of Hogonji temple. Benzaiten is the goddess of everything that flows: Water, rivers, music, etc. 弁才天堂159 views
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Torii gate and bridge to Tsukubusuma Shrine, also called Chikubushima Shrine.158 views
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Mt. Ibuki from Lake Biwa145 views
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Chikubushima144 views
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Inside Benzai Tendo. Many famous samurai, such as Oda Nobunaga and the Azai Clan, worshipped at Chikubushima since they believed Benzaiten had the power to destroy their enemies.142 views
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Inside boat. Almost empty.139 views
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Boat landing 宝厳寺139 views
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View of Mt. Ibuki as we leave Nagahama Port. Map for Nagahama Port138 views
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Top deck of boat going from Nagahama to Chikubushima138 views
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The snake is a messenger of the Goddess Benzaiten.138 views
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Kannondo Temple137 views
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The sliced-off peak fell into Lake Biwa and became Chikubushima. Read the full folktale here.134 views
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Whenever you see a torii gate, it indicates the grounds of Tsukubusuma Shrine. The shrine is actually integrated with Hogonji temple.129 views
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Kannondo Temple125 views
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Funa-roka boat corridor connects Tsukubusuma Shrine and the Kannon-do Hall. Important Cultural Property. From the Momoyama Period. 船廊下119 views
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Inside the Haiden Hall, you can buy these little dishes. Buy two of them. You write your name on one and your wish on the other dish. Then throw it through the torii gate.114 views
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Funa-roka boat corridor113 views
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Lake Biwa Rowing Song (Biwako Shuko no Uta) monument. Song details here. 琵琶湖就航の歌 歌碑112 views
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Boat to Imazu at Chikubushima.109 views
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Tsukubusuma Shrine's Haiden Hall107 views
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Kannondo Temple107 views
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Inside Benzai Tendo107 views
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Lake Biwa Rowing Song (Biwako Shuko no Uta) monument. One of the verses mentions Chikubushima. This monument commemorates the song and that verse. 琵琶湖就航の歌 歌碑102 views
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Chikubushima used to be a lush green island. Now it is turning brown by the thousands of cormorants which nest on the island, beyond the reach of humans. 100 views
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West view of Chikubushima97 views
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Chikubushima Port is always busy with boats coming from Nagahama, Hikone, and Imazu.96 views
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Kannondo Temple93 views
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Tsukubusuma Shrine (National Treasure)92 views
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Nagahama from Lake Biwa91 views
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View of Nagahama from Chikubushima88 views
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Kannondo Temple 観音堂88 views
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Heading for Chikubushima.87 views
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Funa-roka boat corridor85 views
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Kannondo Temple85 views
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Inside Benzai Tendo85 views
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Inside Benzai Tendo. The statue of Benzaiten in that corner was donated by the father of Lord Azai Nagamasa. The Nagamasa clan paid their respects to it regularly thereafter.84 views
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Inside Benzaiten-do Hall which houses one of Japan's three major statues of the Goddess Benzaiten.79 views
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Chikubushima has some steep steps.79 views
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Chikubushima in the distance78 views
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Kannondo Temple74 views
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Inside Benzai Tendo73 views
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According to legend, Mt. Ibuki and Mt. Azai-dake (Kanakuso-dake) in northern Shiga argued over who was the highest in Shiga. Mt. Ibuki got so upset by the argument that he drew a sword and sliced off Azai-dake's head...72 views
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Benzai Tendo70 views
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Statue of the goddess Benzaiten at Hogonji, Chikubushima. Benzaiten is the goddess of everything that flows: Water, rivers, music, etc. 弁才天28 views
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Altar for the Chikubushima Dragon God.27 views
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The name of the boat moored at Chikubushima is "Benten."25 views
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Small shrine for the White Snake God, a messenger of goddess Benzaiten. 白巳大神22 views
   
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