Japan

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Nanzenji
An important Rinzai Zen temple on the Path of Philosophy, Nanzenji has a beautiful Zen garden and extensive grounds.
Ginkakuji
Originally intended to be coated in silver, this harmonious temple ended up in simple wood. It houses an image of Kannon and includes lovely gardens.
Meiji Shrine
A Shinto shrine dedicated to the souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, Meiji is surrounded by lush forests that are a haven of peace in the big city.
Ise Shrine
An important Shinto shrine complex in southern Honshu, dedicated primarily to the sun goddess, Amaterasu.
Yakushiji
The head temple of the Hosso sect, Yakushiji has a rare 7th-century pagoda and ancient statues of the Healing Buddha and Kannon.
Rinnoji
A Buddhist temple with gold Buddha statues and a beautiful Japanese garden.
Sensoji
This ancient temple in Asakusa is home to the biggest festival in Tokyo and features a huge main gate, a five-story pagoda and a main hall dedicated to Kannon.
Kasuga Shrine
This important Shinto shrine was founded in 768 and is filled with over 3,000 bronze and stone lanterns.