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Ujigami Jinja

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Uji’s other World Heritage site plays second fiddle to the more dazzling Byodo-in, but it’s ...

Byodo-in

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The temple etched into the back of every ¥10 coin has more national treasures than any temple ...

Tale of Genji Museum

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Proud of its prominent role in the world’s oldest novel, Uji opened this dedicated museum in ...

Shitenno-ji

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Kyoto is the city of shrines and temples, but Osaka also has its fair share, and Shitenno-ji is ...

Osaka Castle

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

One of Japan’s best-known castles, Osaka-jo was built to flaunt the power of warlord Hideyoshi ...

Sanzen-in

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The origins of this Tendai sect temple date back to 985. The buildings that now comprise this ...

Kofuku-ji

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

This temple was perhaps partly to blame for Nara losing its role as capital city. The emperor ...

Daitoku-ji

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Like so much of Kyoto, Zen temple Daitoku-ji was destroyed in the Onin War (1467-77). The monk ...

Taizo-in

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The oldest and most famous of Myoshin-ji’s sub-temples is renowned for its tranquil gardens. A ...

Kyoto Station

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

In 1997, a little over 1,200 years after the city was founded, Kyoto got a grand new station, ...

Kampo Museum

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The ‘Kampo’ Museum is named after Kampo Harada, the most eminent calligrapher of the 20th ...

Tsutenkaku Tower

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Paris has the Eiffel Tower and Tokyo has the Tokyo Tower, so Osaka had to build the 91m-high ...

Okumura Commemorative Museum

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Museum is too grand a name for a building that touts a ‘rest area’ as one of its main ...

Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Distillery

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Japanese whisky has been booming in the last decade, winning medals and market share worldwide. ...

Shugaku-in Rikyu

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Emperor Go-mizuno abdicated his throne at the tender age of 34 to focus on aesthetic pursuits, ...

Kyoto Botanical Garden

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

In any other city this would be a major attraction: 12,000 plants occupying 24ha, with ...

Katsura Rikyu

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Perhaps the greatest garden in Kyoto. As you stroll through the 7ha site, an enchanting ...

Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Painter and sculptor Insho Domoto (1891-1975) built his own museum in 1966, and he clearly ...

Weissraum Gallery

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The name ‘white room’ suggests an archetypical modern art gallery: an open, symmetrical cube. ...

Eikan-do

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Eikan-do calls itself ‘the Temple of Maple Leaves’, but that’s a little modest for a complex ...

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