Top 10 Famous Structures in Japan

Japan is a fascinating country to visit, and everything you see there will surely make a strong impression on you. It”s a whole different culture with an impressive architecture, and here are the top structures that you shouldn”t skip on your Japanese tour.

10. Yakushi-Ji Temple

Yakushi-ji 薬師寺Flickr /jpellgen

Yakushi-Ji Temple in Nara with its East and West Pagodas is dedicated to Yakushi-Nyorai, the Buddha that was originally from China. The Yakushi Triad statues, located in the Main Hall, were once covered in gold.

9. Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial PalaceFlickr /The Kids and Kahlie

Tokyo Imperial Palace is the residence of Japanese royal family. It is used for state receptions and as the holding place for official state ceremonies.

8. Ryoanji Rock Garden

Ryoanji Rock GardenFlickr /chenmeister64

Ryoanji Rock Garden in Kyoto with its 15 rocks placed on white gravel is one of the most visited places in Japan. The rocks were strategically placed, so that no matter what angle you look at it, you will see only 14 rocks – all 15 of them can only be seen from the air.

7. Ise Shrine

ise shrineFlickr /moviemichael

Ise Shrine in the Mie Prefecture was built to honor the goddess Amaterasu-omikami. Its architectural style is forbidden to mimic in any other part of Japan.

6. Himeji Castle

Himeji CastleFlickr /David Hulme

Himeji Castle contains 83 buildings made in wood. This great structure is also known as “White Heron”, because of the white plaster that covers its walls.

5. Golden Pavilion Temple

Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺, Temple of the Golden Pavilion) 金閣寺放火事件Flickr /Mal B

Golden Pavilion Temple in Kyoto has the upper two stories covered in pure gold, and casino online is covered by a beautiful garden with the Mirror Pond in front.

4. Daibutsu, Great Buddha of Kamakura

DaibutsuFlickr /alf.melin

Daibutsu, Great Buddha of Kamakura is made of bronze, and is one of the largest sculptures of Buddha in the world.

3. Byodo-in Temple

Byodo-in TempleFlickr /beautifulcataya

Byodo-in Temple was constructed in 1502, and it is probably the representation of the Western Paradise in Buddhism.

2. Asakusa Kannon Temple

Asakusa Kannon TempleFlickr /Stéfan

Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo is a Buddhist temple, the oldest one in Tokyo. It was built by two brothers who wanted to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy.

1. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Bridge at DuskFlickr /halfrain

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge that connects the cities of Kobe and Iwaya is the longest suspension bridge in the world. It”s called “Pearl Bridge”.

akashi-kaikyo bridgeFlickr /naoK

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