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Japan Tourist Sites
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http://www.himeji-castle.gr.jp/index/English/ The Golden Pavilion has been burned down multiple times. The last time it burned down was in 1950, caused by a monk. It was rebuilt in 1955 as an exact replica. Each floor of the Golden Pavilion is built in a different type of architecture. This first floor is built in Shiden style of architecture. See it's wooden pillars and white plaster walls? This second floor is built in Bukke style. The outside of it is completely covered in gold leaf. The third floor is Chinese Zen. It is also covered in golden leaf. This is a golden phoenix at the top. Physical Mt. Fuji is about 3,776 meters, or about 12,388 feet Mt. Fuji's shape is unique because it's very symmetrical. The mountain is surrounded by lakes and forest. It's located about 60 miles away from Tokyo About 200,000 people climb Mount Fuji every year The mountain is very sacred to some Japanese and at the bottom of the western side of the mountain, there is a shrine. Mount Fuji is an inactive volcano. It last erupted in 1707. Jigokudani Monkey Park This park is known for it's hot springs. These are caused by the steam and boiling water that come up through the ground. This park is located near Nagano.
It's covered in snow for about 1/3 of the year The springs are surrounded by steep cliffs and lots of forest. This park is also known for it's population of Snow Monkeys. Japanese Macaques or Snow Monkeys The snow monkeys at Jigokudani like to sit in the hot springs around the park. The monkeys usually use the hot springs in the day and retreat to the forest at night. Often, monkeys of "higher status" will not let monkeys of "lower status" into the springs. There is a live camera at one of the pools that is available online. http://www.jigokudani-yaenkoen.co.jp/livecam/monkey/index.htm This is the link to the site. Snow Monkeys Snow monkeys are the only specie of monkey that can survive the cold polar temperature. In the summer, snow monkeys like to get fat to prepare for the cold winter months. The monkeys are technically omnivores, but they prefer eating plants. Their main diet includes lots of green plants, seeds, and berries. Park Monkeys There are TONS of interesting facts about the Tokyo Tower! The Tokyo Tower was inspired by the Eiffel Tower. The tower is the second tallest man-made structure in Japan. It's 333 meters, or 1,092 feet tall. The tower took 18 years to build! It's made out of almost all steel and weighs about 4,000 tons! It opened in 1958. Since it opened, over 150 million people have visited the tower! There are 590 steps people can take to the observation deck. At the bottom of the Tokyo tower, there are shops and restaurants to go to. Located in Shiba Park, in Tokyo, 9 TV stations and 4 FM radio stations transmit through the Tokyo Tower. This memorial reminds people of the lives lost and sigficance of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Genbaku Dome Memorial Museum Atomic Bomb The atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6 1945 to end World War 2. It caused the death of 140,000 people. Hiroshima Peace Memorial was organized to honor the lives lost and to remind the world of peace. Genbaku also means atomic bomb The dome was the only building left standing after the atomic bomb was dropped. The dome used to be part of the Preferential industrial promotional Hall The dome is preserved exactly as it was after the Hiroshima bombing The Dome is the memorials featured site. The museum was opened in 1955. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is another site at the memorial Todaiji Temple This temple sets world records in architecture and religion. Tokyo Imperial Palace The palace is located in Tokyo by Tokyo Station. The palace is also used as an administration center and a museum for Japanese art and history. The palace sits on the site of some previous castles. The Palace is surrounded by traditional Japanese gardens. The outer and east gardens are open to the public for free. The inner gardens and buildings are not open to the public, but tours are available if they are scheduled in advance. Another thing to see on the grounds is the Nijubashi bridge that provides an entrance to the inner gardens. The castle is located in the center of Himeji. It's built on a hill called Himeyama, about 45 meters above sea level. The castle is made out of wood with white plaster (which is fireproof) covering the walls. Because of the white plaster it's nicknames include "White Heron" and "White Egret Castle". The building was built for defense, so the layout is kind of like a maze, and even though the paths are clearly marked, many people get lost. History The first building built on the grounds was a construction fort, built in 1333. Next, in 1581, a 3 story castle was built. Then the castle was rebuilt in 1601 so there was one 5 story tower and 3 smaller towers. Fun fact: The castle appeared in the James Bond Movie "You Only Live Twice"! The Todaiji Temple is the largest wooden building in the world! The temple also holds the worlds largest bronze statue of Buddha!
It's located in Nara. The statue of Buddha is 15 meters tall! The building is also home to the Kegon School of Buddhism. Another attraction at the temple is a pillar with a hole in the bottom of it. They say if you can fit through it, you will have enlightenment in your next life. The building was originally constructed in 752. The grounds cover most of Nara Park and hold many Japanese and Buddhist historical artifacts. Deer can roam free over the whole park!