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Adashino Nembutsu-ji

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The most unusual feature of this temple is its cemetery, where about 8,000 stone images stand, a solemn sea of silent mourners. The statues...


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This small temple in the foothills of Higashiyama dates back to the 12th century, when the priest Honen began to preach a novel means...

Arashiyama Monkey Park

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The tables are turned at this primate reserve where humans enter a cage while the resident monkeys roam free—except when clinging to...

Bamboo Forest

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A narrow path through dense patches of bamboo—thick, with straight, smooth green stems—gives most who pass through it a feeling of...


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In 1083 the Fujiwara no Yorimichi, a member of a very powerful clan, built this villa, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose image graces...


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The headquarters of the Jodo sect of Buddhism, Chion-in is impressive enough to have been cast in the film The Last Samurai as a stand-in...


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The lush garden of Chishaku-in and paintings by Tohaku Hasegawa and his son Kyuzo make a visit to this temple a memorable experience.


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A procession of stone lanterns lines the steep stairway to this tiny temple founded in the early 9th century by Emperor Kammu with the...


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Goju-no-to, the five-story main pagoda of the Daigo-ji Temple complex, dates from AD 951 and is reputed to be the oldest existing structure...


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This major temple complex of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism dates from 1319, but fires during the Onin Civil War destroyed it in 1468.


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