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Izumo Taisha

The Izumo (Shinto) shrine in Izumo Japan is the second most important Shinto site.

Utsukushi-gozensha 美御前社at Yasaka Shrine 八坂神社is the shrine for beautiful women very popular with the apprentice geisha (maiko) and is most vi...

Utsukushi-gozensha 美御前社at Yasaka Shrine 八坂神社is the shrine for beautiful women very popular with the apprentice geisha (maiko) and is most vi.

Japanese Apricot - Japanese Apricot at Kitano Shrine.

Japanese Apricot - Japanese Apricot at Kitano Shrine.

Follow in the footsteps of countless pilgrims by approaching Senso-ji, Tokyo’s most famous Buddhist temple, in Asakusa, along Nakamise-dori lined with colourful stalls selling all manner of souvenirs from giant rice crackers to exquisitely decorated battledores.  Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/travel-tips-and-articles/77715#ixzz3LYPwalYd

The oldest temple in Tokyo. The Asakusa area is also old and interesting, and where many low-rent hostels are located. Some nice shopping streets, old cafes, and an ancient amusement park I wouldn't risk trying.

Enryakuji Temple is a World Heritage Site just outside Kyoto Japan.

Enryakuji Temple is a Buddhist temple, which was established in 788 on Mt Hiei, where it looks over Kyoto. Enryakuji Temple expanded over the years to become a large temple complex and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Photograph Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara, Japan by wistou on 500px Lanterns in Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara, Japan

Stone lanterns at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara, Japan (by Wistou). it always amazes me how Mother Nature, left to her own devices, can make all things beautiful.

Nature of Miyama. Japan, Miyajima-Shrine, Kyoto Copyright: Tanmay Biswas

Pilgrimage to sacred places in Japan, including temples and holy mountains, is important in both the Buddhist and Shinto religions.

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