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Gunma Prefecture

 

Index
Hibiki Bridge
Santokuen Doukutsu Kannon
Takasaki Area
Usaburo Kokeshi Factory
 

Takasaki Area

ひびきばし   Hibiki Bridge/Brücke

This red bridge is in walking distance a great Kannon (look it up on the left menu bar “DaibutsuBuddha/Kannon”).
Directions: Opposite of the Kannon is a shrine. Take the stairs down, then go left over a “private” parking lot. You will also pass just a few shops and heading down a path. Soon you will see to another walking path to your right. There is also a sign saying that bikes etc. are forbidden on that path. Just take this walking path leading you soon to the red bridge.
And if you do not take that path but walking straight on (and soon you have to take the steps down to your left) you will come to a cave with statues (fee!)

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洞窟観音・山徳記念館 Santokuen Doukutsu Kannon
the cave with 33 Buddhas and Kannon Figures as well as a japanese garden which is just behind the ticket booth
Entrance fee is 600 yen. There is also a parking lot. GPS  36.304789, 138.987813

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   Tea house with a pond / Teehaus mit einem grossen Teich
GPS  36.305534, 138.988523

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Usaburo Kokeshi Factory

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Hiroshima Prefecture

Index
Atomic Bomb Dome
Gokoku Shrine
Hiroshima
Hiroshima Castle
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima
Peace Clock Tower
Peace Memorial Park
Senjokaku

Hiroshima

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Peace Memorial Park

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Atomic Bomb Dome

This building was completed in April 1915 under the design and supervision of Czech architect Jan Letzel, capturing the fancy of the citizens of Hiroshima with its characteristic green dome. The atomic bomb exploded at an altitude of 580 meters approx. 160 meters southeast of the industrial Promotion Hall, instantly killing everyone inside the building which was seriously damaged and completely burned out. In December 1935 this structured was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a reminder to the entire world of the horrors of the atomic bomb and a symbol of global peace.

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Peace Clock Tower

Quarter past eight every morning, the mortal moment of the blasting back in 1945, the clock will chime its prayer for perpetual peace and appeal to the peoples of the world that the wish be answered promptly. May the chime pervade the remotest corner of the earth! Unanimious with all the members of international lions clubs in striving for the goal, we present this clock tower to the Municipality and the Citizens.    October 28, 1967 Hiroshima Rijo Lions Club

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Hiroshima Castle

By the time Sino-Japanese War broke out in August 1894, the extension of of the Sanyo Railway to Hiroshima and construction of Ujina Port had made Hiroshima an ideal location for the Japanese
Imperial Military Headquarters which were moved here in September of the same year. The headquarters were established in a building within the Hiroshima Castle grounds that housed the headquarters
of the 5th Army Division. The same building was also designated as the provosional quarters for the Meji Emperor. The Meji Emperor stayed in Hiroshima more than seven months, from September 15
1894 to April 27, 1895. Thereafter the building was preserved as a historical monument but was later destroyed in the atomic bombing. Now the foundation stones are all that remain.

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In 1945, when the atomic blast struck Hiroshima, the Gokoku Shrine was located less that 1 kilometer away from the explosion hypocenter. Because it was so close and the blast came almost vertically, one of the shrine’s 3 torii gates, the one from the main entrance, survived almost undamaged. A photo famous all over the world, taken by Shigeo Hayashi in the aftermath of the atomic blast, presents this torii from Gokoku Shrine still standing (Shigeo Hayashi was one of the two photographers assigned by the Special Committee for the Investigation of A-bomb Damage to photograph the city after the disaster).
The shrine was rebuilt in 1965 and the today’s torii is a replica, the location was also changed a bit, but the two koma inu statues and the stone lanterns are the original ones.

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Miyajima is easily accessible from Hiroshima by metro and then by JR Ship (like around 360 yen for roundtrip)

Red Torii of the Itsukushima Shrine
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this place is also filled with deers such like Nara
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Itsukushima Shrine

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five-storied pagoda originally built in 1407
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Senjokaku

The name “Senjokaku” describes the spaciousness of the building, as it is like the size of one thousand tatami mats. The hall is dated from 1587. One of three unifiers of Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, commissioned this hall  for the purpose of chanting Buddhist sutras for fallen soldiers. Hideyoshi died in 1598. The building was not yet completed and is still not as Tokugawa Ieyasu took power rather than the Toyotomi heirs.
The building has no front entrance and not a proper ceiling.

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