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Mt. Fuji Peak

Mt. Fuji Peak


Pirate Ship

Pirate Ship

This pirate ship was one of a few ferry boats that brought people around the lake in Hakone.


Tokaido Highway

Tokaido Highway

This was the old road that used to take people between Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo Period.


Mt. Fuji and Torii Gate

Mt. Fuji and Torii Gate


Bullet Train

Bullet Train

It's hard to tell how fast it's going when you're on it, but these trains just fly past stations.


Shinto Lantern

Shinto Lantern


Tile Roof

Tile Roof

These tiles are naturally gray and are used on so many buildings.


Bridge

Bridge

The gardens in Japan were spectacular.


Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace


Ginkakuji

Ginkakuji

The cone of sand in this garden is supposed to represent Mt. Fuji.


Silver Pavilion

Silver Pavilion

This was one of the best gardens we went to. Its ground was covered in moss and the trees were amazingly pruned.


Temple in Fall

Temple in Fall

This was the view of the temple from the gardens.


Path of Philosophy

Path of Philosophy

20th century Japanese philosopher and Nishida Kitaro is thought to have used it for daily meditation. It passes a number of temples and shrines.


Sign in Fall

Sign in Fall

I don't know what the sign says, but framed in colorful leaves, it was beautiful.


Temple

Temple

This picture was take at Nanzen temple and shows a very typical roof line.


Nanzen

Nanzen

This is part of a temple complex along the Path of Philosophy.


Kinkakuji

Kinkakuji

the golden temple reflected in the water makes for quite a sight.


Incense Burning

Incense Burning


Kinkakuji Pond

Kinkakuji Pond


Ryoanji

Ryoanji

This stone and gravel zen garden is supposed to represent ocean and islands. It would probably be more contemplative if not for the crowds.


Shrine to Children

Shrine to Children

This group of statues is dedicated to children who have died. People throw water on the statue to keep evil spirits away.


Octagonal Temple

Octagonal Temple


Girl Feeding Deer

Girl Feeding Deer

These tame deer would bow and then accept food from tourists.


Buddha Playing the Flute

Buddha Playing the Flute


Giant Buddha

Giant Buddha

It's hard to tell here, but this is the largest bronze statue in Japan, housed in a giant wooden temple.


Deer in Park

Deer in Park


Bento Box Lunch

Bento Box Lunch


Deer Shopping

Deer Shopping

These tame deer go everywhere, including in the shops that line the street.


Stone Lanterns

Stone Lanterns

Kasuga shrine in Nara had thousands of stone lanterns lining the paths leading up to it.


Stone Lantern Path

Stone Lantern Path


Snow Monkey

Snow Monkey

We climbed up the hill in Arashiyama to see the monkeys.


Monkey

Monkey

There were a lot of rules, including not looking the monkeys in the eye, but they didn't seem to mind the camera.


Another Monkey

Another Monkey


Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest

We walked through the bamboo forest in Arashiyama on a gorgeous Sunday. It seems everyone else had the same idea.


Cemetery Temple

Cemetery Temple


Offerings

Offerings

The luckiest coin to offer is the 5 yen coin with the hole in the middle.


Buddha Statue

Buddha Statue

This was also at the cemetery we stopped at in Arashiyama.


Temple Bell

Temple Bell


Katsura Villa

Katsura Villa

We saw the Katsura gardens in the pouring rain, but it was still beautiful.


Katsura Gardens

Katsura Gardens

Each step along the path has a specific view that the stroller is supposed to enjoy in the garden.


House of Ancestors

House of Ancestors

This building was in honor of the ancestors and offerings would be left there.


Red Tree Lined Path

Red Tree Lined Path

This beautiful path leads out of the garden.


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