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Resting in the holy mountain island of Miyajima the Daishoin Temple is just at the base of the mountain, surrounded by beautiful trees. Miyajima Island is most well-known for UNESCO World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shrine and the “Floating” Torii Gates, which appear to float in the water during high tide. Daishoin Temple is a hidden gem in the emerald green sea of maple trees. This quaint shrine was established in 806, the first year...

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Quaint and vivacious, slender and attractive; Japan has something for everyone to do, but you may ask yourself “What can I do there that I can’t do here?” There are countless things you couldn’t do in most of the world, but here are some of the most unique experiences in Japan:   1: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Japan has 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and that number is only getting larger. From Chuson-ji Temple, independently...

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You’re probably wondering what could be so controversial about a Zen temple, just like I was. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ryoan-ji Temple (Temple of the Peaceful Dragon) is home to one of the most famous “Karesansui,” or Zen rock gardens; the origin and meaning of this garden are still contested by historians. The garden still remains today; the only plant life being the moss around the rocks. Sitting on an...

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Hiraizumi Chusonji 2016 is a commemorative year for Chusonji Temple and Hiraizumi; it has been nearly 5 years since this location was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established by the Fujiwara clan, rulers of northern Japan during the Heian Period (794 – 1185), Hiraizumi is Tohoku’s first World Heritage Site. Before the establishment of Chusonji Temple, there is no historical or archaeological evidence of...

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General Information About Shirakawago AND Gokashomura Nobody really knows how these villages started, or who started them. But one thing is for certain: the architecture of the village homes is so unique and unseen anywhere else in the world, that the villages themselves have been designated as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.   The villages are located in between mountains, and they feature a certain type of homes called...

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General Information About Nanzenji As one of the most prestigious Buddhist temple in Japan and ranked high among Japanese Buddhist temples, Nanzenji at first glance seems like a place where Buddhists would visit for pilgrimage or to pay homage. But Nanzenji has a lot to offer besides its religious prestige– rich with history, beauty, and philosophy, this temple is an architectural gem that will awe any visitor, whether he or...

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