Beautiful Temples in Japan You Don’t Want to Miss

Beautiful Temples in Japan

People say, if you visit Japan and don’t visit its beautifully constructed temples and the picturesque greenery, mountains, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and gardens that surround these temples, then you haven’t visited Japan at all. Japanese temples and their architecture are the biggest most alive examples of Japanese heritage and culture. They exemplify the typical style of Japanese architecture, the most dominant feature being the slightly curved roofs and their lifted corners. These temples date back to centuries, some even thousands of years old, yet still intact. Although they like to use all colors but most mostly the colors red, black, green and golden are used. The pillars are lined with carvings of dragons and historic scripts.   Here are some of the famous temples in Japan.

 

Sanjusangendo Temple

Sanjusangendo Temple

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This temple founded in 1164 in Eastern Kyoto is famous for its 1001 statues of the Goddess of Mercy; Kannon. This temple burnt down in fire but then it was rebuilt after a century.

 

Hasedera Temple

Hasedera Temple

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This temple in Kamakura was built in 736 and houses the statue of Daikoku, one of the seven lucky Gods of Japan. It is known for the beautiful garden and Ajisai road.

 

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Naritasan Temple

Naritasan Temple

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Near to Narita international airport, if you have three to four hour stop over, this temple is your chance to observe Japan and its culture all in one place. It is the largest most popular Buddhist temple complex. It was built in 940.

 

Todaji Temple

Todaji Temple

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Located in Nara and housing a 49 feet bronze Buddha statue of Diabutsu, Todaji temple was once the largest wooden building in the world until 1998.

 

Itsukushima Temple

Itsukushima Temple

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Situated on Hiroshima’s Miyajima island, this shrine is known for its iconic views for generations. This island  has had the honor of being one of the 3 most beautiful spots in Japan. It has received several titles like a scenic preservation, a place of extraordinary scenic beauty, a natural monument and exceptional history.

 

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Shinto is Japan’s ancient religion and has its roots deep into Japanese lifestyle. It has no God, no holy scripture but only values like harmony, peace, nature and virtue. This shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his empress Shoken. It is surrounded by beautiful woods, gardens and trees. As many as thousands of trees have been planted belonging to 365 different species, donated and gofted by locals as well as tourists, as a sign of devotion and compassion towards the royal couple and the religion Shinto.

 

Nihon-ji Temple

Nihon-ji Temple

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This temple in Kyonan, Chiba is built on the slopes of Mount Nokogiri and well known for its Daibutsu. This statue was carved and completed in 1783. Its Japan’s largest stone carved Daibutsu. Although it was damaged due to natural calamities like earthquake and rock sliding but it was restored in 1969.

 

Gakenokannon

Gakenokannon

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This temple was built on a vertical cliff in 717 by a priest called Gyoki. It provides breathtaking views of the Tateyama Bay and Funakata Town, since the cliff towers over these places.