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. MAP417 views
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Panoramic view of Lake Biwa from Mt. Hie.259 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.248 views
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Bus service is also available along Hie-zan Driveway.186 views
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View of Lake Biwa and Otsu from Enryakuji Station.183 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173 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.170 views
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Map of Saito complex in Enryakuji.151 views
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Map of Enryakuji's Todo complex.148 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.143 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.136 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.127 views
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View of Lake Biwa and Otsu. Omi Ohashi Bridge in the background. The towering building is Otsu Prince Hotel.115 views
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Yokawa Chudo Hall in Enryakuji, Mt Hiei, Otsu, Shiga. 114 views
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Biwako Ohashi Bridge113 views
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Lookout point along Hie-zan Driveway. This was my favorite.112 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.112 viewsEnryakuji is also part of a World Heritage Site called Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.
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Shaka-do Hall, Enryakuji105 views
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Kompon Chudo temple104 views
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Views of Lake Biwa from Hie-zan Driveway. The city of Otsu.99 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 1927.95 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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Slope going down to Konpon Chudo Hall93 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. 91 views
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Inside Daikokudo Hall91 views
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Cable car90 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.88 views
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Map of Yokawa88 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.87 views
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About Kompon Chudo (in English, Hangul, and Chinese). Enryakuji has multi-lingual signs explaining the important buildings.86 views
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Shoro bell tower 鐘楼86 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.85 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85 views
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Entrance to Enryakuji's Todo complex. Admission charged.84 views
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Manpai-do Hall84 views
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Daikodo Hall 大講堂83 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. T82 views
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Cable car leaving Sakamoto.81 views
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Inside Manpai-do Hall81 views
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Model of Mt. Hiei and Enryakuji.81 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.81 views
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Daikokudo Hall80 views
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Where you take off your shoes to enter Konpon Chudo Hall.80 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.79 views
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Way to Kompon Chudo Hall.79 views
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Garden Museum Hiei as seen from the lookout deck78 views
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Konpon Chudo Hall has corridors.78 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.78 views
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World Heritage Site plaque78 views
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Another nice building to photograph is this Hokke Soji-in Toto pagoda.78 views
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About Ninai-do.78 views
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Daikodo Hall76 views
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Monks75 views
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Photo of the altar inside through a narrow slit.75 views
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If you go by bus, this is the entrance to Enryakuji from the parking lot.74 views
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Roof corner of Konpon Chudo Hall, a National Treasure.74 views
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Picture panels telling the stories of Saicho and other founders.74 views
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Sakamoto-Enryakuji Cable Car73 views
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Enryakuji has numerous monuments.73 views
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Inside Monjuro73 views
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Monjuro altar with Manjusri bodhisattva (Monju bosatsu).73 views
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Honen and Shinran73 views
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Inside the pagoda.73 views
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View from cable car.72 views
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Monjuro Tower 72 views
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Soundscape garden in front of Amida-do Hall.72 views
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Amida-do Hall altar72 views
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Inside Amida-do Hall.72 views
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Observation tower in Garden Museum Hiei, a tourist attraction on the summit of Mt. Hiei.71 views
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How the pagoda was reconstructed.71 views
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Ninai-do Hall consists of two halls connected by a corridor.71 views
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Inside Yokawa Chudo Hall71 views
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Miyazawa Kenji poem monument70 views
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Steps to Monjuro.70 views
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Inside Monjuro is an altar.70 views
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Offer 50 yen to ring the bell.69 views
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Sanno-in temple in Saito temple complex of Enryakuji.69 views
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It was some distance to walk, but all downhill.69 views
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Cross a short bridge to Sanno-in temple.69 views
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Entrance to Garden Museum Hiei68 views
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Midway is this station called Horaioka.68 views
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Daikodo Hall68 views
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About Daikodo Hall.68 views
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Steps to Kaidan-in temple68 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.68 views
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Amida-do Hall68 views
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Jodo-in temple68 views
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Minobuchi Benzaiten shrine68 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.68 views
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Monk with a nice car. 68 views
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Statue of Nichiren at Joko-in temple.68 views
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Enryakuji Station67 views
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Kaidan-in temple67 views
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Now I walked from Todo to the Saito temple complex.67 views
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Altar inside Yokawa Chudo Hall67 views
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Inside Ganzan Daishi-do Hall67 views
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Inside 2nd floor of Enryakuji Station.66 views
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About Kaidan-in temple66 views
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About Amida-do Hall.66 views
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People chanting in front of Shaka-do Hall.66 views
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About Ganzan Daishi-do Hall66 views
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About Yokawa Chudo Hall.65 views
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Cable car back down to Sakamoto.65 views
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Cable car back down to Sakamoto.65 views
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Jodo-in temple64 views
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Inside Yokawa Chudo Hall are numerous little Buddha statues.64 views
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Soothing sounds of water, etc., can be heard. Almost Zen-like.63 views
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Shoro Bell tower 63 views
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About Eshin-do temple 63 views
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Joko-in temple.63 views
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Observation deck62 views
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Entrance gate to Saito from the parking lot.62 views
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Inside Shaka-do Hall62 views
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Gate to Yokawa temple complex in Enryakuji.62 views
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Altar inside Yokawa Chudo Hall62 views
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Ganzan Daishi-do Hall62 views
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Otsu-e picture. Details about Otsu-e here.62 views
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About Jodo-in temple61 views
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Stilts of Yokawa Chudo Hall, the main hall in Yokawa.61 views
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Door of Amida-do Hall60 views
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Shaka-do Hall altar60 views
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About Shaka-do Hall60 views
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View during the bus ride.60 views
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Eshin-do temple 60 views
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Gate to Ganzan Daishi-do Hall60 views
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Ganzan Daishi-do Hall60 views
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Path to Joko-in temple.60 views
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Benzaiten60 views
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Site where Saint Shinran trained at Enryakuji.59 views
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Site where Saint Shinsei trained at Enryakuji.59 views
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Shaka-do Hall59 views
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Buddha's giant footprints.59 views
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Gyo-in training hall (not open to the public).59 views
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People chanting in front of Shaka-do Hall. They are ordinary folk undergoing a training program.58 views
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Site where St. Honen trained at Enryakuji. Right next to Shaka-do.58 views
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About St. Shinran at Enryakuji.58 views
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Tatsugaike Pond and Benzaiten shrine58 views
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Sekizan-gu Shrine 58 views
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About Sekizan-gu Shrine 58 views
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Joko-in temple.58 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.58 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.58 views
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Steps to Shaka-do Hall, the main hall in Saito.57 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.57 views
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Konpon Nyoho-to pagoda57 views
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Tsubaki-do Hall.56 views
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Buddha's giant footprints.56 views
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There are these small Buddha statues all over Yokawa.56 views
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Konpon Nyoho-to pagoda56 views
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Grave56 views
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On the left is Jogyo-do Hall.55 views
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On the right is Hokke-do Hall.55 views
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About St. Shinran55 views
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Yokawa Chudo Hall balcony55 views
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Bell tower 54 views
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The entrance pathway has picture panels explaining about the famous founders of Japanese Buddhist sects.53 views
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Yokawa Chudo Hall52 views
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Statue of Nichiren at Joko-in temple.51 views
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