Temples and Shrines

Temples and Shrines

Sight in Miyagi

Zuigan-ji Temple

[NOTICE: Zuigan-ji is undergoing renovations until March 2018. The main hall will be closed through March 2016. Instead, visitors can tour alternate buildings t

Sight in Mie

Futami Okitama Jinja Shrine

Facing Meoto Iwa Rocks, Futami Okitama Jinja Shrine is decorated with hundreds of frogs.

Sight in Osaka

Isshin-ji Temple

A temple of the Jodo-shu sect and built in 1185, this temple is located near Tennoji Park. The temple's claim to fame is that the cremated remains of human bone

Sight in Osaka

Ikukunitama Jinja Shrine

Ikukunitama Jinja Shrine, also known as Ikutama-san, was built between BC 711 and BC 585. It was previously an Imperial Shrine.

Sight in Osaka

Daian-ji Temple

Sight in Osaka

Ryukozan Nanshu-ji Temple

Nanshu-ji is a temple built by the Miyoshi family in 1557. The temple has strong ties with tea ceremony masters such as Sen no Rikyu and Takeno Joo.

Sight in Shimane

Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine

This is a Shinto shrine and one of Japan's five most important shrines dedicated to Inari Okami, the Japanese fox god.

Sight in Shimane

Tamatsukuriyu Jinja Shrine

Tamatsukuriyu Jinja is a Shinto shrine that is famous for its "Negai Ishi", or wishing stone.

Sight in Shimane

Kamosu Jinja Shrine

Kamosu Jinja is a shrine is dedicated to Izanami, one of the mythical creators of the Japanese islands, as is a designated national treasure. It is known as Jap

Sight in Okayama

Raikyu-ji Temple

This is a temple of the Rinzai school of Japanese Zen Buddhism in Takahashi's old preserved town in Okayama.

Sight in Nara

Tamaki Jinja Shrine

Located near the top of Mount Tamaki, Tamaki Jinja Shrine is part of a UNESCO pilgrimage route.

Sight in Nara

Jokyo-ji Temple

Centrally located but often overlooked, Nara's Jokyo-ji Temple was founded in 1224 and features a courtyard surrounded by small gardens.

Sight in Nara

Kashihara Jingu Shrine

Sitting at the foot of Mount Unebi, Kashihara Jingu Shrine is where Emperor Jimmu, Japan's first Emperor, ascended to the throne.

Sight in Nara

Hoki-ji Temple

Hoki-ji Temple is the oldest three-story pagoda building in Japan.

Sight in Nara

Saidai-ji Temple

Located west of Heijo Palace, Saidai-ji Temple is the west counterpart to Nara's Todai-ji Temple.

Sight in Kumamoto

Aoi Aso Jinja Shrine

Aoi Aso Jinja Shrine, also called Aoi-san, is a national treasure that was built in 806.

Sight in Kumamoto

Aso Jinja Shrine

Aso Jinja in Aso City is the head shrine of the 450 or so Aso Shrines located around Japan.

Sight in Chiba

Seichoji Temple

Located in Kamogawa, this temple is considered sacred, and where the famous priest Nichiren Shonin studied Buddism when he was 12.

Sight in Chiba

Banfukuji Temple

Small Buddhist temple near Awaamatsu Station, Chiba.

Sight in Shimane

Yaegaki Jinja Shrine

Shinto shrine for the God Susanoo and Princess Kushinada. This shrine is dedicated to marriage and matchmaking.

Sight in Chiba

Tamasaki Shrine

A Shinto shrine in Chiba, this temple was given the most prestigious status by the Japanese Imperial Court. It was deemed as "the first shrine" or the most pres

Sight in Shizuoka

Okuni Jinja Shrine

Okuni Jinja is a Shinto shrine in located the mountains of Mori-machi in Shimane prefecture.

Sight in Shiga

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple is a monastery of the Tendai sect of Buddhism located on Mt. Hiei in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture.

Sight in Shiga

Shirahige Jinja Shrine

This is a Shinto shrine well known for its torii (gate) that stands in the lake.

Sight in Shiga

Himure Hachiman-gu Shrine

Himure Hachiman-gu Shrine is located in the popular matsuri (festival) area of Omi-Hachiman.

Sight in Shiga

Daichi-ji Temple

Daichi-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple located in Shiga Prefecture.

Sight in Okinawa

Sonohyan Utaki Stone Gate

Built in 1519 and located inside the grounds of Shuri Castle Park, Sonohyan Utaki Stone Gate is a shrine where prayers were offered for the then king's safety w

Sight in Tokyo

Zuienji Temple

Sight in Tokyo

Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine

This temple is famous for it's Noh theather practice stage, and also a mini-Mt. Fuji. This is often used as a venue for traditional Japanese-style weddings.

Sight in Tokyo

Juzaisan Chokoku-ji Temple

Chokoku-ji is a buddhist temple dedicated to Nichiren, is also known as the "Temple of the Rooster" and is most famous for its annual festival and fair "Tori no

Sight in Fukushima

Takakura Shrine

Famous, small shrine in Fukushima Prefecture.

Sight in Chiba

Nihon-ji Temple

Located on the slopes of Mount Nokogiri, this Buddhist temple is known for its "Great Buddha", the Nihon-ji Daibutsu.

Sight in Tokyo

Toeizan Kanei-ji Temple

Toeizan Kanei-ji is a buddhist temple that was established in 1625.

Sight in Yamanashi

Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

Fuji Sengen Jinja is an important Shinto shrine at the northern foot of Mount Fuji.

Sight in Yamanashi

Minobusan Kuon-ji Temple

Kuon-ji is a buddhist temple in Minobu, Yamanashi.

Sight in Yamanashi

Kai Zenko-ji Temple

Kai Zenko-ji is a Buddhist temple in Kofu, Yamanashi. It is located a 15 minute walk north of Zenkoji station.

Sight in Niigata

Konpon-ji Temple

Konpon-ji is a buddhist temple located in Niibo Ono on Sado Island. It is one of the largest on the island belonging to the Nichiren sect.