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334 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292 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.282 views
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Chikubushima is Lake Biwa's most famous, historic, and sacred island. National Historic Site MAP238 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.237 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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Kannondo Temple and Karamon gate of Hogonji temple on Chikubushima island, Nagahama, Shiga.212 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.212 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).202 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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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.190 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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Tsukubusuma Shrine (National Treasure)189 views
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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.187 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.178 views
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Nagahama Castle from Lake Biwa170 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.166 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162 views
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Torii gate and bridge to Tsukubusuma Shrine, also called Chikubushima Shrine.161 views
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Mt. Ibuki from Lake Biwa148 views
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Chikubushima146 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.145 views
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View of Mt. Ibuki as we leave Nagahama Port. Map for Nagahama Port141 views
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Inside boat. Almost empty.141 views
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Top deck of boat going from Nagahama to Chikubushima141 views
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Boat landing 宝厳寺141 views
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The snake is a messenger of the Goddess Benzaiten.140 views
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Kannondo Temple140 views
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The sliced-off peak fell into Lake Biwa and became Chikubushima. Read the full folktale here.137 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.132 views
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Kannondo Temple128 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121 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.116 views
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Funa-roka boat corridor116 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114 views
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Interlaken boat to Imazu at Chikubushima.112 views
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Tsukubusuma Shrine's Haiden Hall109 views
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Kannondo Temple109 views
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Inside Benzai Tendo109 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104 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. 102 views
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West view of Chikubushima99 views
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Chikubushima Port is always busy with boats coming from Nagahama, Hikone, and Imazu.98 views
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Kannondo Temple95 views
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Tsukubusuma Shrine (National Treasure)94 views
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Nagahama from Lake Biwa93 views
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View of Nagahama from Chikubushima90 views
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Kannondo Temple 観音堂90 views
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Heading for Chikubushima.89 views
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Funa-roka boat corridor87 views
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Kannondo Temple87 views
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Inside Benzai Tendo87 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.86 views
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Inside Benzaiten-do Hall which houses one of Japan's three major statues of the Goddess Benzaiten.81 views
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Chikubushima has some steep steps.81 views
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Chikubushima in the distance80 views
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Kannondo Temple76 views
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Inside Benzai Tendo75 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...74 views
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Benzai Tendo72 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30 views
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Altar for the Chikubushima Dragon God.29 views
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The name of the boat moored at Chikubushima is "Benten."27 views
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Small shrine for the White Snake God, a messenger of goddess Benzaiten. 白巳大神24 views
   
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