Japan is full of a variet if wonderful places to visit. It is a country whose civilization and people make it one of the most successful and fantastic countries not only in Asia, but also in the world. Form the aspects of wonder found there are the temples and shrines that form the most telling features of some periods in the Japanese civilization.
10 Meiji Jingu Shrine
It is one of the most infamous shrines in Tokyo, and it is an attractive place to the crowd of the capital city, it has over 120,000 trees that aid in putting an end for the noise of the city. Indeed, you can reach the Meiji Shrine via Harajuku Station; and it is near to the city’s fashion capital. At the northern edge of the shrine’s grounds, you face the Meiji Jingu Treasure House, it is a compilation of some of the personal possessions of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.
9 Sensoji Temple
Sensoji is a well-liked Buddhist temple established in the beginning of the 7th century. Visitors see the popular Nakamise, it is seen to be a shopping avenue of local snacks. Moreover, guests meet the scene of a five-story pagoda and the chief hall. Many events are held in Sensoji. People meet in the place throughout the Asakusa Shrine Festival and the Sanja Matsuri.
8 Hase Kannon Temple
The Hase Kannon Temple is positioned on a hill in Kamakura that holds a superb sight of the sea. The huge statue of Kannon is located there. The statue is one of the most immense wooden monuments in Japan. The statue’s heads reflect the stages of the Buddhist enlightenment development. Jizodo Hall has minute monuments to Jizo Bodhisattva. He is thought to let the souls of children get in touch with paradise.
7 Kotoku-in Temple
The Kotoku-in has the Great Buddha, an al fresco bronze tombstone of Amida Buddha that dated back to 1252. The temple was demolished by tidal waves in both the 14th and 15th centuries. The Great Buddha statue is about 93 tons and 13.35 meters in height.
6 Toshogu Shrine
The Toshogu Shrine was established for Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was the country’s most prominent shogun. This World Heritage Site is one of Japan’s most luxurious shrines. In fact, Toshogu is a comple combination of gold, and carvings, with maidens, sages, and flowers along the building walls.
Kinkakuji is a Zen Buddhist temple situated in northern Kyoto. Kinkakuji has three stories. The upper stories are sheltered with real gold leaf. Indeed, Kinkakuji is placed in a Japanese garden and pond that points the reflection of the building. The temple grounds were made according to Buddha Amida’s concepts of Western Paradise that show accord between the heavens and earth.
4 Ryoan-ji Temple and Rock Garden
Japan’s most infamous rock garden is present in this shrine. It is simple in design as it has 15 rocks bounded by white sand that are assembled cautiously into patterns daily by the monks. The masterpiece invites meditation, and the situation of the 15 rocks has been discussed for all of the rock garden’s history of the 500 years.
3 Kiyomizudera Temple
Kiyomizudera is one of the most well-known temples located in Japan. It is known for its wooden stage with an fantastic view of good-looking maple and cherry trees in the fall. The most significant hall is bordered by a massive veranda, it projects onto the hillside and provides grand views of the city.
2 Horyuji Temple
Horyuji is one of the oldest buildings made of wood in the world. The temple is comprised of two regions, the Sai-in on the west adding to the To-in on the east. The west section of the temple has the Kondo and the five-story pagoda. The To-in area has an octagonal hall.
1 Kotohira-gu Shrine
Kotohira-gu Shrine is in the western side of Kagawa. Its interior shrine is easy to get to through 1368 stone steps. Pilgrimage to the shrine was a trendy ritual in the Muromachi Period that lasts to the present. Kotohira-gu Shrine has vital Japanese cultural objet d’arts including the Heian statue of Kannon Bosatsu.
If you are willing to visit Japan, do not forget to have a tour in these temples and shrines.