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The Photo Archives:
Japan: Kansai

West of the Barrier is the other pole of central Japan, featuring the modern metropolis of Osaka,
port of Kobe, the temple town Kyôto and the ancient capital Nara.

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Awaji Island
A stepping stone on the way from Honshu to Shikoku.

Shown: The mighty Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

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Ise Shrine (and environs)
The holiest of all Shinto shrines, where you can see...  next to nothing.  Fortunately, the area is also famous for its lobsters.

Shown: Roof of the hidden Grand Shrine, Naiku

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Mt. Hiei
An age-old center of Buddhism on the outskirts of Kyoto.

Shown: Portable shrine, Hiyoshi Taisha

Hikone
Yet another old castle town with yet another stroll garden.

Shown: Gardener wading in the lake of Genkyu-en Garden

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Hôryûji
A famed temple complex near Nara.

Shown: Schoolgirls lining up to enter the Gojûto Pagoda

Kobe
Japan's most cosmopolitan city has recovered from the ravages of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake and is better than ever.

Shown: Restaurant atop Mt. Rokko-san, in the hills above Kobe

Mt. Koya
The mountaintop headquarters of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.

Shown: Temple roof in the forest

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Nara
A quiet, ancient capital full of artistic treasures.

Shown: Side view of the Great Buddha, Todaiji

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Osaka
Tokyo's rowdy little brother.

Shown: Escalator in the Umeda Sky Building

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Wanihama
A quiet village beside Lake Biwa.

Shown: Beach next to the Wanihama Youth Hostel



All pictures copyright 2001-2004 by Jani Patokallio.