All Japanese Temples

Japanese Temples 

Japanese Temples are Buddhist Temples located in Japan. There are some very old Japanese Temple which were established over 1,200 years ago. Today some of these very old wooden temple buildings still survive, however many have been destroyed by lightning, fire, earthquakes, storms or war and have been rebuilt over the years. Still many of these rebuilt temple buildings are hundreds of years old. Many of these very old Japanese Temples are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Japanese Temples or Buddhist Temples are not primarily places of worship like a Christian church or Muslim mosque. That is people don’t go on a regular basis and meet inside the Japanese temple buildings and worship together. The primary purpose of the Japanese Temple is the storage and sometimes display of sacred objects. Buddhists will then come to pray in front of or near these sacred objects.

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    Kinkakuji

    Kinkakuji is the most famous Buddhist temple in Kyoto and probably Japan. Also known as the Golden Pavilion, it is literally covered in gold leaf and is surrounded by beautiful Japanese gardens. Kinkakuji is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site forming part of read more

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    Ryoanji Temple

    Ryoanji Temple features one of the most notable examples of the dry-landscape or zen style Japanese gardens. Ryoanji Temple is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)” listing. The Ryoanji Temple read more

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    Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple is notable for its vast veranda, that offers impressive views of the Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the best known sights of Kyoto, being particularly popular in cherry blossom season when the main hall is surrounded by a carpet of blossom. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage read more

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    Sensoji Temple

    Sensoji Temple, also known as Asakusa Temple, is Tokyo‘s oldest and most popular temple. Sensoji Temple features a pair grand gates with large red paper lanterns, a pagoda and a large main hall. Sensoji Temple (金龍山浅草寺, Kinryū-zan Sensōji) is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa district, hence why it is read more

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    Byodoin Temple

    Byodoin Temple is a famous Buddhist temple which appears on the 10 Yen coin. Byodoin Temple is in tea making area of Uji near Kyoto. Byodoin Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) listing.

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    Sengakuji Temple

    Sengakuji Temple is famous as the location of the graves of Asano Takumi no Kami Naganori and the 47 Ronin, who were involved in the Revenge of the Forty-seven Ronin, also known as the Revenge of the Forty-seven Samurai or Ako vendetta. Sengakuji Temple was originally constructed under the orders read more

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    Gokoku-ji Temple

    Gokoku-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Bunkyo central Tokyo which is the Imperial Mausoleum and where Emperor Meiji is buried. Gokoku-ji Temple, established in 1681 by Tokugawa Tsunayoshi for his mother, is also famous as the central temple that oversees the practice of Japanese tea ceremony in all the read more

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    Rinnoji Temple

    Rinnoji Temple, also known as Rinno-ji Ryodaishi-do, is a Buddhist temple, which was a part of the cathedral of Kaneiji Temple and was called Kaizan-do or Jigen-do. In 1644 when Rinnoji Temple was constructed, what is now Ueno Park used to be the grounds of Kaneiji Temple. When Jigen Daishi read more

  • Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple

    Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple is a Buddhist Temple which was established in 1282, by the famous Buddhist monk Nichiren. Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple features a five story pagoda, which was built in 1608 and is a designated Important Cultural Property, the Kyozo built in 1784 and the hoto, where Nichiren was cremated, read more

  • Kissho-ji Temple

    Kissho-ji Temple (also spelt Kichijo-ji) is a Buddhist temple of Sendan-Rin sect in Bunkyo Tokyo. Kissho-ji Temple was established in 1458, with the “Sendan-Rin” School for Buddhist monks being established in the grounds of the temple in 1592. In 1905 the school was renamed, Soto-shu University, which was again renamed read more