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Crane design in temari585 views
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It makes you wonder how they fit the temari threaded ball into the round glass bottle.427 views
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Some balls have tassels.402 views
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Bin-temari in Echigawa, Shiga. Echigawa's bin-temari history goes back to around 1840 when its oldest bin-temari was made. However, this traditional art died out with the death of Aoki Hiro in 1973, Echigawa's last bin-temari maker.395 views
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Bin-temari monument. "Bin" means bottle, and "temari" is a threaded ball. The bin-temari is a round glass ball with a threaded ball inside.393 views
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Kongorinji's Main temple roof drowning in fall leaves389 views
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Bin-temari come in different sizes and an infinite number of threaded-ball designs. It also makes a great wedding gift since the round shape symbolizes harmony of the heart and family. You can also clearly see inside. 中がよく(仲良く)見える369 views
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The ball is actually hollow like a balloon. It is inserted into the bottle in a deflated state, then expanded into a ball. The museum also has a fascinating video showing how temari is made.363 views
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Temari manhole cover in Aisho, Shiga305 views
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On display are temari balls from other parts of Japan.286 views
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Well-known bin-temari maker.283 views
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After Aoki's death, a temari preservation society was formed and the craft was passed on based on Aoki's husband's memory of how his wife made it. Besides Echigawa, only a few other places in Japan still make bin-temari.276 views
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More yellow and red246 views
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Bin Temari no Yakata Museum exhibits temari threaded balls in round glass bottles. Temari is a symbol of Echigawa. Near Echigawa Station. Intersection in Echigawa with a bin-temari monument. Map239 views
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Showcase full of bin-temari.233 views
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Kongorinji's Temple Hondo, a National Treasure in Aisho, Shiga.230 views
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Temple Hondo, a National Treasure223 views
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Echigawa-juku was the sixty-sixth station or post town (shukuba) of the sixty-nine stations on the Nakasendo Road. It is the sixth Nakasendo station in Shiga (following Takamiya-juku in Hikone), and one of ten Nakasendo stations in Shiga.216 viewsIn front of Echigawa Station, a sign point the way to Echigawa-juku (go right).
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Beauitful leaves214 views
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Bin-temari mail box in front of Echigawa Station.213 views
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Misaki Shrine Fire Festival in Aisho. The shrine has a 5-meter tall pile of bamboo which is lit to make a towering inferno within the shrine grounds. Very dramatic. Also see the video at YouTube.212 views
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Panel displays showing the history of Echigawa.207 views
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Finally we see a building194 views
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Manhole in Echigawa-juku, Shiga, with a temari (thread ball) design.190 views
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On Aug. 9, the Jizo statues are lit with candles.184 views
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Temple Hondo173 views
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On Aug. 9, the Jizo statues are lit with candles.172 views
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Temple bell169 views
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Entrance to the Echigawa Bin-temari Museum. Free admission.165 views
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While traveling, St. Shinran was unable to cross the Echigawa River since there was a flood. So he stayed at this temple temporarily. During that time, he planted a plum tree which bloom red plum blossoms.160 views
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Quilt from Echigawa's sister city of West Bend, Wisconsin.156 views
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3-story pagoda, reconstructed in 1978154 views
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Heading south on the Nakasendo in Echigawa-juku.148 views
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Note: The following photos were taken years ago. More recent photos are at the beginning of this album. Kongorinji is a Tendai Buddhist temple established in 741 and the middle temple in the Koto Sanzan Temple Trio. 143 viewsThe main temple hall is a National Treasure housing an 11-faced Kannon statue and 13 other statues designated as Important Cultural Properties.

They come by the busloads. If possible, you should avoid visiting the Koto Sanzan Temple Trio and Eigenji during the weekend in fall. If possible, you should avoid visiting the Koto Sanzan Temple Trio and Eigenji during the weekend in fall.
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Aerial photo of Echigawa.133 views
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Echigawa Bin-temari-no-Yakata or the Echigawa Bin-temari Museum. Open 10 am - 6 pm, closed Mon., Tue., last Wed. of the month, and national holidays. 7-min. walk from Echigawa Station. 愛知川びん手まりの館131 views
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Echigawa Fire Dept.130 views
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The museum complex includes the Echigawa Public Library.127 views
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Nakasendo Road in Shiga126 views
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3-story pagoda125 views
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Front gate. The temple was first built in 741 as ordered by Emperor Shomu. It later became a Tendai Buddhist temple in 850. It is famous for "blood-red" maple leaves in autumn. Map120 views
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Held annually on May 4, the Misaki Shrine Fire Festival (hi-matsuri) has local people carry 2-meter long torches from their homes to the shrie where a 5-meter tall pile of bamboo is lit to make a towering inferno.120 viewsA taiko drum is also carried and beaten.
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In a small room in the library is Echigawa's sister city exhibit. Echigawa used to be a separate town before it merged with Aito to form Aisho town.118 views
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Inside the courtyard of the Echigawa Bin-temari Museum.116 views
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Kongorinji's main temple hall is a National Treasure housing an 11-faced Kannon statue and 13 other statues designated as Important Cultural Properties. Aisho, Shiga. 111 views
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Ohmi Railways Echigawa Station. The station building, named Ruburu Echigawa, has a tourist information counter and exhibition gallery.106 views
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"Blood-red" maples102 views
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Entrance to Echigawa-juku at the northern end. Echigawa-juku was the sixty-sixth station or post town (shukuba) of the sixty-nine stations on the Nakasendo Road. Map99 views
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Garden98 views
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Sister city certificate for West Bend, Wisconsin, USA, in Echigawa Public Library.97 views
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More path foilage96 views
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Toward the south end of Echigawa-juku. Bridge has a temari decoration.95 views
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Large intersection has an Echigawa-juku monument.94 views
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"Blood-red" maples93 views
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Visit the next Koto Sanzan Temple at Saimyoji in Kora.93 views
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Pocket park in Echigawa-juku.92 views
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From the city of West Bend, Wisconsin.92 views
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Temari decoration on bridge.89 views
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South end gate of Echigawa-juku.88 views
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Nakasendo in Echigawa-juku87 views
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Garden85 views
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Inside 3-story pagoda84 views
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This is a high-class ryotei restaurant called Omi Shonin-tei (近江商人亭). Built in the 1920s, it used to be an Omi Merchant's second home who sold hemp cloth.83 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 Natsume family's dojo scene.
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Foilage on the path80 views
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The ukiyoe print by Hiroshige shows a bridge across Echigawa River. It was toll-free (Muchin-bashi).80 views
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Garden79 views
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Traditional-style building79 views
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Nice path with fall colors78 views
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1000 Jizo statues. On Aug. 9, the Jizo statues are lit with candles.78 views
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Torii at Misaki Shrine Fire Festival.78 views
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Way to Homanji temple where St. Shinran once stayed.77 views
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Meiji Period-style mail box. It's a real mail box so you can deposit your mail here.75 views
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The street corner has a pocket park for an Echigawa-juku monument showing an ukiyoe print of the town. A stone marker also points the way to Takamiya-juku.75 views
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Garden at Kongorinji74 views
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St. Shinran statue and plum tree.74 views
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It's all too beautiful72 views
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More Jizo statues72 views
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They come by the busloads. If possible, you should avoid visiting the Koto Sanzan Temple Trio and Eigenji during the weekend in fall. If possible, you should avoid visiting the Koto Sanzan Temple Trio and Eigenji during the weekend in fall. Stone marker.71 views
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On Aug. 9, the Jizo statues are lit with candles. Kongorinji temple in Aisho, Shiga.71 views
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Takeheiro on the left, along the Nakasendo Road in Echigawa-juku, Shiga.71 views
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Echigawa-juku (66th post town on the Nakasendo) from his Kisokaido series. On the left across the river is Mt. Kannonji (Kinugake).70 views
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Entering the path of little stone Jizo statues69 views
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After the bon fire, the taiko drum procession leaves the shrine and parades around the village.69 views
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Homanji temple Hondo hall in Echigawa-juku, Shiga. 宝満寺69 views
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Gate to Homanji temple.69 views
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Entrance to Takeheiro. It's not open to the public unless you want to dine there. 竹平楼69 views
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The plum tree blooms in March.68 views
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Another famous building remaining in Echigawa-juku. This is the Takeheiro restaurant where Emperor Meiji once stayed.68 views
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Homanji Hondo67 views
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Statue of St. Shinran (1173-1263) in front of the plum tree which he planted. The temple also has a scroll written by Shinran.66 views
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Modern homes in Echigawa66 views
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Marker indicating that St. Shinran, founder of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Sect, once stayed at this temple.65 views
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View from Hondo hall.65 views
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Inside Homanji Hondo main hall in Echigawa-juku, Shiga Prefecture64 views
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Omi Hemp Fabric Museum offer hands-on lessons to make small hemp fabric goods. Closed weekends and national holidays. 近江上布伝統産業会館62 views
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City logo62 views
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Gate to main hall. Tendai Buddhist temple established in 741 and the middle temple in the Koto Sanzan Temple Trio.61 views
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Temple Hondo61 views
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Some modern buildings along the Nakasendo in Echigawa-juku61 views
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Former Echi Town Hall built in 1922.61 views
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3-story pagoda60 views
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Hachiman Jinja Shrine, Echigawa-juku60 views
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Shops along the Nakasendo60 views
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And more leaves59 views
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Tour bus parking halfway up the mountain59 views
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Procession of local residents carrying torches to the shrine. Map59 views
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Fire finally dies down.58 views
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Stone monument at Takeheiro indicating that Emperor Meiji was here.58 views
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3-story pagoda57 views
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Looks like a former bank building.57 views
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On Aug. 9, the Jizo statues are lit with candles.56 views
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Hachiman Jinja Shrine in Echigawa-juku, Shiga56 views
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Ohmi Railways Echigawa Station platform.56 views
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Towering inferno of bamboo on fire. The shrine has a 5-meter tall pile of bamboo which is lit to make a towering inferno within the shrine grounds. Very dramatic. 55 views
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Taiko drum beating55 views
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Ohmi Railways Echigawa Station55 views
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3-story pagoda54 views
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The torch procession rings out.54 views
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Way to Hachiman Shrine.54 views
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The shrine has ties to Prince Shotoku Taishi who hid here from an enemy during a war. In appreciation, he donated rice paddies to the shrine.54 views
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Yellow and red53 views
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Lantern53 views
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Ohmi Railways train at Echigawa Station.53 views
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Former Echi Town Hall53 views
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Former Echi Town Hall53 views
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Ohmi Railways Echigawa Station platform.52 views
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Hachiman Jinja Shrine Honden main hall is a Shiga Prefecture Cultural Property.51 views
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Shinkansen tracks and cycling path51 views
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Railway crossing50 views
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Ohmi Railways Echigawa Station platform.49 views
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Parallel to Echigawa Station is the elevated shinkansen tracks.48 views
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Ohmi Railway track45 views
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Ohmi Railway track43 views
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Aisho, Shiga manhole9 views
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Small garden outside Aisho Town Museum.3 views
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Shuttle bus on the right going to the next Koto Sanzan Temple.3 views
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Inside the Koto Sanzan shuttle bus from Kongorinji to Hyakusaiji. Quite full this day. 3 views
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Kongorinji is a Tendai Buddhist temple established in 741 and the middle temple in the Koto Sanzan Temple Trio. The main temple hall is a National Treasure housing an 11-faced Kannon statue and 13 other statues designated as Important Cultural Properties.2 viewsThis is the Somon main gate to the temple. 総門
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Off-season, normally you take a taxi (15 min.) from JR Inae Station if you don't have a car. There's a regular taxi that leaves the station once an hour.2 views
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The first building you see. Nishiya-do hall housing Amida Nyorai buddha. Built in the Edo Period. 西谷堂 阿弥陀如来2 views
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Nishiya-do hall housing Amida Nyorai buddha. Built in the Edo Period. 西谷堂 阿弥陀如来2 views
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The temple was first built in 741 as ordered by Emperor Shomu. It later became a Tendai Buddhist temple in 850. It is famous for "blood-red" maple leaves in autumn.1 views
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Temple ticket admission booth. ¥500 拝観受付 1 views
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After the ticket admission booth, it's a delightful and colorful path to the temple.1 views
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Inside Nishiya-do hall housing Amida Nyorai buddha. 西谷堂 阿弥陀如来1 views
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Nishiya-do hall housing Amida Nyorai buddha. Kongorinji Temple, Aisho, Shiga. 西谷堂 阿弥陀如来1 views
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Akamon Gate 赤門1 views
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About Kongorinji's famous temple garden.1 views
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Famous temple garden built in the Momoyama Period (16th c.) to Edo Period. The building is the Kongorinji priest's residence. 名勝庭園 本坊1 views
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Priest's residence next to the famous garden. Reconstructed in 1978. 明寿院 1 views
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Priest's residence next to the famous garden. Reconstructed in 1978. 明寿院 1 views
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Jizo-do Hall built in 1997. Believers can train here. 地蔵堂1 views
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Inside the Jizo-do Hall built in 1997. 地蔵堂1 views
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Inside the Jizo-do Hall built in 1997. 地蔵堂1 views
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Garden of many Jizo statues.1 views
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From here, the path to the temple (main hall) is lined with 1,000 Jizo statues.1 views
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Long path of Jizo statues, a trademark of Kongorinji Temple.1 views
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Steps to the Hondo main worship hall.1 views
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Hondo main hall1 views
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Kongorinji's main temple hall is a National Treasure housing an 11-faced Kannon statue and 13 other statues designated as Important Cultural Properties. Aisho, Shiga.1 views
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Built in 1288, Kongorinji Hondo main hall, National Treasure in autumn.1 views
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Kongorinji Hondo main hall, National Treasure amid autumn maple leaves.1 views
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About the three-story pagoda, National Important Cultural Property.1 views
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Kongorinji's three-story pagoda, National Important Cultural Property.1 views
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Kongorinji's three-story pagoda, National Important Cultural Property.1 views
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Kongorinji's three-story pagoda built in 1246, National Important Cultural Property.1 views
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Kongorinji's three-story pagoda, National Important Cultural Property amid maple leaves.1 views
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Kongorinji's three-story pagoda, National Important Cultural Property amid maple leaves.1 views
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Kongorinji's three-story pagoda, National Important Cultural Property.1 views
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Path back to the main gate. Lots of eye candy.1 views
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Another prime spot for autumn foliage at Kongorinji.1 views
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Looks like red maples are raining on you. Just spectacular.1 views
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Autumn foliage near the Dojo. 1 views
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Very artistic looking autumn leaves.1 views
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