Japan is a beautiful country with thousands of temples. Those sacred grounds are profound places of sanctity with a beautiful landscape and tranquil environments. One can visit these places at any time of the year; however, they are particularly spectacular during the time of festivals in Japan.
The temples cover a big part of Japanese culture and heritage. With a country full of temples, it isn't easy to narrow down the list to a few names, but the most famous temples in Japan are mentioned below.
Have a look at these temples and add them to your list of places to visit on your trip to Japan!
Kiyomizu-Dera is an independent Buddhist temple located in eastern Kyoto. Kiyomizudera ("Pure Water Temple") was founded over 1200 years ago and is one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage sites. Kiyomizu-Dera temple boasts astounding panoramic views as its located halfway up Mount Otowa.
The temple is also called 'Kannon Reijo,' which means 'Holy Place.' Kannon is the prime deity of the temple that represents compassion.
The golden shining Kinkakuji Temple in northern Kyoto rests on the bank of a large pond and is surrounded by lush bushes and trees, giving it a sense of tranquility. This temple's second and third floors are covered in gold, which glistens in the sun. Looking closer, you notice that each floor has an entirely different architectural style.
Senso-Ji is Tokyo's oldest temple and a crucial asset to Japanese culture. It is famous as an ancient Buddhist temple and the best time to visit it is during the Sanja Matsuri festival. For many eras, pilgrims from all over Japan have gathered at this temple. Most of the modern structure of the Senso-Ji temple was rebuilt after WWII. Regardless of this fact, it remains a place of tremendous historical and cultural significance.
Its rebuilding was seen as a metaphor for its revival following the war. Most of its buildings are bright crimson and count as a masterpiece of Japanese architecture.
Todai-Ji is one of the ancient Japanese temples famous for its beautiful Buddhist complex design - referred to as one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara city in Japan. It was built in 738 CE but opened to the public in 752 CE.
The USP of the temple is its statue within the great Buddha hall. The sanctuary is also listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
If you plan to visit these temples in Japan, do not delay any further. Japan's advanced bullet trains can take you to each destination with ease.
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