JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when traveling.


Most viewed - Kyoto Temples and Shrines 京都の寺院と神社
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Path to Kiyomizu-dera is a slope lined with souvenir shops, a tourist trap.292 views
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Kiyomizu-dera temple on wooden stilts. Kiyomizu-dera belongs to its own independent Buddhist sect.206 views
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Kiyomizu-dera is the 16th temple in the Saigoku Western Japan pilgrimage circuit. The Hondo main hall dates from 1633.194 views
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Kiyomizu-dera Gate167 views
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Sanjusangendo in Kyoto is famous for its numerous Kannon statues.155 views
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My favorite sight at Higashi Hongwanji in Kyoto is these giant ropes made of donated human hair. The ropes were used to reconstruct the temple during dire times.147 views
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The woman reached the other stone and will find love.142 views
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Gate140 views
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The Seiryu-e includes a procession of native-attired men.132 views
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One love stone. If you can walk from this stone to the other one blindfolded, you will find love by yourself.127 views
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Kinkakuji Gold Pavilion 金閣寺127 views
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Ryoanji temple in Kyoto has Japan's most famous rock garden. 127 views
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Kinkakuji Gold Pavilion, Kyoto124 views
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Gate to Yasaka Shrine. The shrine also holds the annual Gion Matsuri Festival in July featuring ornate floats paraded around the city.121 views
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Talisman for good love matches120 views
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Otowa no Taki waterfalls 音羽の滝119 views
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Higashi Hongwanji in Kyoto is not included in the World Heritage Site of Kyoto temples.118 views
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Start of the Blue Dragon dance (Seiryu-e) at Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto. 116 views
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Yasaka Shrine's Honden Hall.116 views
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Jishu Shrine is also within the Kiyomizu-dera grounds. This shrine is dedicated to love matches and marriage. The statue is Okuninushi-no-Mikoto, god of love matchmaking.115 views
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The other love stone.114 views
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Sanjusangendo. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside.113 views
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This is Seiryu-e, a blue dragon dance held near the steps on March 15-17, April 3, and Sept. 15-17 at 2 pm. 青龍会110 views
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Kyoto Tower in the distance as seen from Kiyomizu-dera.110 views
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Sanjusangendo110 views
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We noticed mostly young women and girls were praying at this shrine. Very few guys.109 views
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Jishu Jinja Shrine 地主神社107 views
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Deck of Kiyomizu-dera main hall104 views
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Otowa no Taki waterfalls100 views
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Kinkakuji is one of the world's most picturesque buildings.96 views
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Ryoanji has too many tourists to make it a place to meditate in Kyoto.95 views
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About the hair rope.89 views
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Kiyomizu temple with cherry blossoms lit up at night.83 views
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Women dressed as maiko walk around Yasaka Shrine and pose for tourists. (Not real maiko.)83 views
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Rear view of Kinkakuji81 views
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One end of Sanjusangendo Hall.80 views
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Kiyomizu temple with cherry blossoms lit up at night.78 views
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Statue of Sakamoto Ryoma in Maruyama Park.78 views
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Kiyomizu temple with cherry blossoms lit up at night.77 views
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Kiyomizu temple with cherry blossoms lit up at night.76 views
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It looks different from different angles.75 views
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Ryoanji rock garden. The cherry tree is beautiful when it blooms.75 views
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Gate of Higashi Hongwanji temple75 views
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Yasaka Shrine anchors one end of Kawaramachi.74 views
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Ryoanji temple crowded with people.74 views
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The famous cherry tree in Maruyama Park in Kyoto.73 views
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Path to Kinkakuji Gold Pavilion entrance path in autumn.73 views
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Higashi Hongwanji's Amida-do Hall undergoing roof work to be completed in 2011.73 views
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Directly behind Yasaka Shrine is Maruyama Park which has a few cherry trees. 円山公園72 views
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A large crowd gather around the tree when it is in bloom.72 views
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Golden phoenix on the roof of Kinkakuji.72 views
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Yasaka Shrine in Gion district of Kyoto. This is the main shrine patronized by the Gion geisha.71 views
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This rear torii goes to Maruyama Park. 71 views
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Sakura in Maruyama Park, Kyoto.71 views
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Hanami picnickers during cherry blossom season in Maruyama Park.70 views
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Ryoanji rock garden.70 views
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Ryoanji rock garden. 58 views
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Ryoanji temple56 views
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Ryoanji56 views
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Inside Ryoanji56 views
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