Category Archives: Kansai

Byodo-in Temple – Uji Kyoto

The Byodo-in Temple is located in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture.  It is located near Kyoto city and is a great place to see if you have the time.  The main part of the Buddhist temple is the Phoenix Hall, which is featured on Japan’s 10 yen  coin.  There is also a smaller replica of this hall in Hawaii.  Here are a few pictures from a trip I took there.

Nara- Todai-ji and Deer

Nara is known for the wandering semi-tame deer and Todai-ji temple.  As you can see from this hilarious, but truthful sign, the deer are kept tame only by the shika-senbei available for sale to feed them.  They still do crazy things when tourist season winds down, but are fat and lazy during the busy periods. Todai-ji is the home of the largest bronze daibutsu (buddha) in the largest wooden building in the world.  Below are some pictures of the area surrounding the

Emperor Nintoku’s Kofun

One of the things I love about Japan is its rich history.  Unlike America, which  has only been around for a historical blip, Japan has been going for hundreds of years.  One of the interesting historical tid bits are the Kofun, the ancient tombs of the Kofun period (huh, wonder why they chose that name for the 3rd-7th century…). I dutifully took Japanese Civilization at the University of Arizona and we eventually covered the keyhole-shaped tombs. They were so interesting

Kiyomizu Temple – Kyoto

Kyomizu Temple in Kyoto is one of the most famous landmarks in all Japan.  The temple is famous for its high-flying construction, built 13 meters above a spring and supported by elaborate heavy wooden beam scaffolding.  I was lucky enough to visit a while back and thought I’d share some pictures with you.  Its a must see if you’re in the Kansai region of Japan. Find out more on Wikipedia.

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