JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


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406 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378 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.329 views
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Chikubushima is Lake Biwa's most famous, historic, and sacred island. National Historic Site MAP302 views
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Kannondo Temple and Karamon gate of Hogonji temple on Chikubushima island, Nagahama, Shiga.272 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.270 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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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).255 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.251 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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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.244 views
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Tsukubusuma Shrine (National Treasure)232 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.216 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.208 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.207 views
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Torii gate and bridge to Tsukubusuma Shrine, also called Chikubushima Shrine.204 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204 views
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Nagahama Castle from Lake Biwa199 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.184 views
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Top deck of boat going from Nagahama to Chikubushima181 views
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Kannondo Temple181 views
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Mt. Ibuki from Lake Biwa176 views
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Kannondo Temple175 views
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View of Mt. Ibuki as we leave Nagahama Port. Map for Nagahama Port173 views
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Chikubushima173 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.169 views
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Boat landing 宝厳寺168 views
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The sliced-off peak fell into Lake Biwa and became Chikubushima. Read the full folktale here.167 views
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The snake is a messenger of the Goddess Benzaiten.164 views
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Inside boat. Almost empty.163 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145 views
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Interlaken boat to Imazu at Chikubushima.145 views
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Funa-roka boat corridor142 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.141 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140 views
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Tsukubusuma Shrine's Haiden Hall134 views
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Inside Benzai Tendo133 views
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Kannondo Temple132 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129 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. 124 views
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West view of Chikubushima124 views
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Chikubushima Port is always busy with boats coming from Nagahama, Hikone, and Imazu.120 views
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Tsukubusuma Shrine (National Treasure)119 views
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Kannondo Temple119 views
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Nagahama from Lake Biwa116 views
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View of Nagahama from Chikubushima114 views
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Kannondo Temple 観音堂112 views
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Kannondo Temple112 views
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Heading for Chikubushima.111 views
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Inside Benzai Tendo111 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.110 views
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Funa-roka boat corridor109 views
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Inside Benzaiten-do Hall which houses one of Japan's three major statues of the Goddess Benzaiten.107 views
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Chikubushima has some steep steps.104 views
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Chikubushima in the distance102 views
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Kannondo Temple99 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...97 views
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Inside Benzai Tendo97 views
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Benzai Tendo95 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59 views
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Altar for the Chikubushima Dragon God.56 views
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The name of the boat moored at Chikubushima is "Benten."51 views
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Small shrine for the White Snake God, a messenger of goddess Benzaiten. 白巳大神47 views
   
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