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Places visited in Kyoto, Japan
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Nagasaki, Japan

Gunkanjima Island

Once the most densely populated place in the world, this island is now a ghost town.
32.6278, 129.7386
Fukusai-ji Temple
Nagasaki, Japan

Fukusai-ji Temple

The giant figure on the back of this turtle-shaped temple actually hides a memorial pendulum.
32.7533, 129.8749
Huis Ten Bosch
Sasebo, Japan

Huis Ten Bosch

Historical Japanese-Dutch relations are honored with haunted rides and flower fields in this replica town.
33.0863, 129.7872
Kintai Bridge. (Ken Spink/Atlas Obscura)
Iwakuni, Japan

Kintai Bridge

One of Japan's most famous sights, the bridge was originally built in 1673.
34.1666, 132.2188
Yamato model
Kure, Japan

Battleship Yamato Museum

Museum dedicated to the largest warship ever built.
34.2151, 132.5924
Helmsman's station aboard the Akishio
Kure, Japan

The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Submarine Museum

"Excuse me sir, your submarine is blocking my building."
34.2141, 132.5843
The O-torii, 16 meters high, was rebuilt in 1875.
Hatsukaichi, Japan

Itsukushima Shrine

Japanese national treasure originally built in 593 CE.
34.2924, 132.3152
watch stopped at 8:15 by the blast
Hiroshima, Japan

A-bomb Memorial

Peace Park and the A-bomb dome.
34.3920, 132.4519
The hypocenter and surrounding devastation immediately after the detonation of the bomb
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima's Hypocenter

A plaque marks the site directly below the mid-air detonation of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima.
34.3948, 132.4547
The new, improved Gakutensoku at the Osaka Science Museum.
Osaka, Japan

Gakutensoku

Japan's first automaton went missing, only to be revived by the Osaka Science Museum.
34.6912, 135.4915
Gate Tower Building
Osaka, Japan

Gate Tower Building

Three floors rented out to the Japanese highway system.
34.6981, 135.4891
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXiVVAVfiWw
Nara-shi, Japan

Buddha's Nostril

Devoted Buddhists can earn enlightenment in the next life by crawling through this symbolic nostril.
34.6889, 135.8400
Nara-shi, Japan

Tōdai-ji Daibutsuden (The Great Buddha Hall)

The former world's largest wooden building containing a giant Buddha, healing pillars, and tame deer which wander the grounds.
34.6890, 135.8398
Nara Dreamland
Nara, Japan

Nara Dreamland

The abandoned Japanese amusement park that continues to loom as a dystopian Disneyland.
34.6984, 135.8229
Sagano Bamboo Forest
Kyoto, Japan

Sagano Bamboo Forest

The sound of swaying stalks in this stunning grove has been voted to be a governmentally recognized sound.
35.0167, 135.6710
Kyoto, Japan

Tenryu-Ji Shrine's Bamboo trail

A beautiful bamboo trail tucked in this famous Japanese Shrine.
35.0158, 135.6738
Ryōan-ji
Kyoto, Japan

Ryōan-ji

The quintessential Japanese rock garden has existed for more than 500 years.
35.0323, 135.7213
Yokai Street
Kyoto, Japan

Yokai Street

This neighborhood thoroughfare is haunted by dozens of homemade monsters.
35.0262, 135.7355
  Hair Rope of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple
Kyoto, Japan

Hair Rope of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple

When this massive wooden temple ran out of rope, they made one out of devotees' hair.
34.9911, 135.7584
Sake kegs outside the Go'o Shrine.
Kyoto, Japan

Go'o Shrine

Shrine dedicated to boars that is believed to cure foot and leg injuries.
35.0249, 135.7592
Sashimi on a stick.
Kyoto, Japan

Nishiki Market

This 700-year-old street food market features baby octopus and soy donuts.
35.0045, 135.7647
Floats are pulled by teams of up to 100 men
Kyoto, Japan

Yamaboko Festival in Kyoto - Gion Festival

Japan's largest and oldest annual procession of floats, begun in 869.
35.0105, 135.7681
Otsu, Japan

Mt. Hiei

Birthplace of the Tendai sect and home to the marathon monks.
35.0665, 135.8439
Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

The Ten Thousand "Torii" Shrine.
34.9672, 135.7733