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Ama-no-Hashidate
AMA-NO-HASHIDATE (Bridge of Heaven),
Miyazu, Kyoto Pref.

Ama-no-Hashidate
Lake Biwa
BIWA-KO (Lake Biwa, formerly Ōmi Lake),
largest lake in Japan, Shiga Pref.

It is one of the five oldest lakes in
the world at about 4 million years old.
HIMEJI,
Hyōgo Pref.

Pan-Himeji
HIMEJI CASTLE,
Hyōgo Pref.

Himeji Castle
HIMEJI CASTLE,
Hyōgo Pref.

Himeji Castle
Cape Hino Lighthouse
HINO-MISAKI-TŌDAI (Cape Hino Lighthouse),
Japan's tallest lighthouse, Shimane Pref.
Ise
ISE, Mie Pref.
Most famous for the Ise Grand Shrine.
Ise
ISE-SHIMA NATIONAL PARK, Mie Pref.
Most famous for the Ise Grand Shrine.

Meoto-iwa (Wedded Rocks) in Futami
ITSUKUSHIMA (Prized Island; aka Miyashima
or Shrine Island), Hiroshima Pref.
The Ō-torii may be the largest shrine gate in Japan.

Itsukushima
Itsukushima

Hiroshima and Kintai Bridge
back cover of same pack
IZUMO TAISHA,
Shimane Pref. (formerly Izumo)

Japan's oldest and second most important Shintō
shrine. It is the home of Ōkuninushi no Mikoto,
kami (god) of marriage and good fortune,
and the place 8 million kami return to in October.

Izumo Taisha  Izumo Taisha layout
KINKAKU-JI (Golden Temple)
Built in 1397, the temple was rebuilt in
1955 after a crazed monk set it afire.

Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple)

Kinkaku-ji note
on the back cover of same pack
Kintai-kyō (Silver Brocade Sash Bridge)
KINTAI-KYŌ (Silver Brocade Sash Bridge),
Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Pref. (formerly Suo)

5 arches, orig. built in 1673 without nails
over Nishiki River. Cormorant fishing
can be observed at this spot.

Kintai-kyō (Silver Brocade Sash Bridge)
MATSUE, Shimane Pref.

Matsue Castle

map of Matsue
back cover of same pack
MATSUE, Shimane Pref.

Matsue

map of Matsue
back cover of same pack
NARA, Nara Pref.

Nara
NARA, Nara Pref.

Nara buddhist images
SAIHŌ-JI (Saihō Temple,
aka Koke-dera - Moss Temple)

Saihō-ji (Saihō Temple)  notes about Saihō-ji (Saihō Temple)