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Visiting A Japanese Temple

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There are a million different things to see when you travel to Japan. Whether you go for the food, the electronics, the manga, or, ahem, the unmentionables, you’ll still have some free time for wandering the cities and checking out the local landmarks. One of the biggest tour attractions in Japan are its temples many of which are considered National Treasures and attract hundreds of thousands of tourists per year collectively. This list of 152 temples in Japan on Wikipedia is pretty extensive but it will give you an idea of what’s on offer depending on what area of the country you’re visiting.

Almost every major city in Japan has a temple you can visit. When my husband and I traveled to Japan in 2005, we went on a sightseeing mission to Kamakura, a sleepy coastal town just south of Tokyo. Kamakura has over a dozen temples including the famous Five Great Zen Temples and we spent an entire day there visiting temples and eating at the local restaurants. Kamakura, Nikko, Kyoto, all of these cities are accessible by train or shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo and can provide a day or two worth of fun and adventure.

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