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Shosei-en Garden「渉成園」/ Kyoto

A traditional strolling style Japanese garden, hidden behind large walls in the urban Kyoto area is located just 12-minute from Kyoto station.

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Gion Shirakawa / Kyoto

Gion Shirakawa dori「祇園白川通」 is as well-known as Hanami Koji dori「花見小路通」in Gion district, and beautiful street along the Shirakawa river in Kyoto.

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Matabei Zakura 「又兵衛桜」/ Nara

Matabei Zakura, beloved, giant weeping cherry tree, 13-meter tall, over 300 years old, named after the famous samurai warrior is located in Nara Prefecture.

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Shirakawa Ippon-bashi bridge/ Kyoto

Ippon-bashi or Gyoja-bashi bridge, a 66 cm wide stone bridge with weeping willow trees on the both side of Shirakawa stream is located near Chion-in Temple.

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Mikane Jinja Shrine/ Kyoto

Mikane Jinja Shrine, a deity of gold in Kyoto attracts people wishing for economic fortune, located near Nijo Castle. A shining golden trii gate welcomes you.

Yoshimine-dera Temple 「善峯寺」/ Kyoto

Yoshimine-dera is a hidden mountain side temple with various flowers located in Kyoto’s western mountains. Visitors can enjoy cherry blossom, hydrangeas and autumn color.

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Ishikiri-Tsurugiya Shrine/ Osaka

Ishikiri-Tsurugiya Shrine, well known as Ishikiri-san in Osaka is a very popular shrine since ancient times as the home of a deity who cures tumors and boils.

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Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine/ Wakayama-Kumano

Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine, located in south Wakayama, is a part of a large religious complex site with Seiganto-ji Temple and Nachi-no-taki waterfalls.

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Hayatama Taisha Shrine/ Wakayama

Hayatama Taisha Shrine, with a 800 year old conifer tree and a sacred rock, located in Shingu City on the southeast of Wakayama, is home of nature worships.

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Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine/ Wakayama

Kumano Hongu Taisha, a world heritage registered shrine with the biggest torii gate is located at the center of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage in Wakayama.

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Okazaki Shrine/ Kyoto

Okazaki Shrine, located on the east of Heian-Jingu, filled with a lot of cute rabbits as its guardian deity, is a place to pray for safe births of children.

Yasaka Koshin-do Temple/ Higashiyama, Kyoto

Yasaka Koshin-do, a small temple nearby Yasaka-no-to pagoda in the Higashiyama district welcome you with colorful monkeys and protect you from illnesses.

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Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine/ Kyoto

Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine is located in the Gion geisha district between Kennin-ji Temple and Yasaka Pagoda, to end bad relationships and start good ones.

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Ikutama Shrine/ Osaka

Ikutama shrine, the oldest shrine in Osaka is located in the heart of the city. The shrine, loved by locals for long time, was an imperial shrine of the first rank.

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Aizen-do Shomanin temple/ Osaka

Shoman-in Temple, known as Aizen-do, a temple with the god of good matchmaking is located on the Uemachi plateau in the historic atmosphere of Osaka’s temple district.

Koetsu-ji Temple / Kyoto, Kitayama

Koetsu-ji, a Buddhist temple in the north west Kyoto, flourished as a village of artists, and the heart of tea ceremony was named after Honami Koetsu, a master of arts.

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Kasuga-Taisha Shrine/ Nara

An atmospheric forest path, lined with hundreds of stone lanterns takes you to Nara’s most famous and impressive Shinto shrine, Kasuga-taisha, located in the east of Nara Park, was established in 768.

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Mt. Wakakusayama/ Nara

Mt. Wakakusayama, a grassy mountain is located behind Nara Park between Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga-Taisha Shrine. Visitors are allowed to hike up to the submit to have excellent views of Nara city.