Japanese autumn, red tree
Japanese fireworks



Kamakura Buddha stature Kamakura is a city located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south-south-west of Tokyo. Kamakura Buddha stature (Kamakura Daibutsu) is a landmark of the city of Kamakura situated on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second largest bronze Buddha statue in Japan (the largest is located in the Todaiji Temple in Nara).
Kamakura Tanuki Tanuki is the Japanese word for the Japanese raccoon dog, a distinct species that is often misrepresented as raccoons or badgers. Being a part of Japanese folklore since ancient times Tanuki is respected as jolly, virile and successful spirit. Tanuki's figurines are found throughout Japan. They often carry a sake bottle in their paws which represents virtue.
Japanese food Japanese food served in one of Kamakura's finest restaurants in 1998.


Kinkakuji, Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan The Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). The present building dates from 1955 as the original pavilion (1397) was burnt by a fanatic monk in 1950.
Ginkakuji, Silver Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan Ginkaku-ji, the Silver Pavilion, is a Zen temple at the foot of Kyoto's Higashiyama ("eastern mountains"). The temple is formally known as Tozan Jishoji. The Silver Pavilion was built after Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), as retirement villa for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. Plans to cover the pavilion in silver were never realized. The villa was converted into a Zen temple after Yoshimasa's death in 1490.
Kyomizudera in Kyoto, Japan Kiyomizudera (Pure Water Temple) is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 and remains associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest sects within Japanese Buddhism. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Kiyomizudera stands in the wooded hills of eastern Kyoto. Its famous wooden terrace offers a nice view over the bustling busy city. Below the terrace, you can taste the spring water, which gives the temple its name. Kiyomizudera temple's page at Kyoto official travel guide
Kyoto Railway Station Kyoto Station is the most important transportation hub in Kyoto. It has Japan's second-largest train station building (after Nagoya Station) and is one of the country's largest buildings, incorporating a shopping mall, hotel, movie theater, Isetan department store, and several local government facilities under one 15-story roof. The station looks majestic and futuristic at night.


Mountain Mashiko, Japan Mountain Mashiko is the source of stone for nearby towns. The quarry, where the excavation of stones takes place, cuts deep into the mountain dividing it in half. At foot of the mountain lies miniature town Mashiko which is famous by its pottery. One of the specialties of Mashiko craftsmen is so-called earthware. Mashiko is inhabited by families of potters who pass their styles and techniques form generation to generation. Each piece of pottery is unique and reflects family traditions as well as inspiration of the master. Mashiko Home page
Mashiko tanuki, Japan Giant ceramic Tanuki at Mashiko main square greets visitors. This Tanuki has all necessary attributes: a bamboo hat, oversized testicles, friendly smile, a big belly, a promissory note, a big tail and big eyes, and, of course, a sake bottle.


Miyajima Floating Gate (Miyajima Torii), Japan Miyajima (shrine island) is an island located near Hiroshima coast. The Misen mountain is the island's highest mountain. The island, replete with shrines dedicated to various aspects of Buddhist religion, offers an exquisite quiet retreat for tourists who got overwhelmed with crowded megapolices like Tokyo and Osaka. Mysterious Miyajima Gate is one of the crown jewels of the island.
Miyajima tsukushima Shrine, Japan The Miyajima Gate is part of Itsukushima Shrine, which consists of a number of famous buildings designed so that they would not be flooded by tides but instead float above the water.
Miyajima Sika deers, Japan Sika deers are roaming the streets of Miyajima. Usually they are found lounging in the shadow or trying to eat whatever they can find on the streets. They also know effective begging techniques and how to drink remained soda from disposed cans. Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) inhabit the island's mountainous parts. Be careful to snack on nuts and chips while hiking in the forest if you do not want to be robbed by a macaque.




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