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Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area
Nara Prefecture

Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area

There are around 48 Buddhist monuments in the Horyu-ji area, in Nara Prefecture. Several date from the late 7th or early 8th century, making them some of the oldest surviving wooden buildings in the world. These masterpieces of wooden architecture are important not only for the history of art, since they illustrate the adaptation of Chinese Buddhist architecture and layout to Japanese culture, but also for the history of religion, since their construction coincided with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan from China by way of the Korean peninsula.

Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu
Okinawa Prefecture

Kingdom of Ryukyu

Five hundred years of Ryukyuan history (12th-17th century) are represented by this group of sites and monuments. The ruins of the castles, on imposing elevated sites, are evidence for the social structure over much of that period, while the sacred sites provide mute testimony to the rare survival of an ancient form of religion into the modern age. The wide- ranging economic and cultural contacts of the Ryukyu Islands over that period gave rise to a unique culture.

Hyogo Prefecture


Himeji-jo is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture, comprising 83 buildings with highly developed systems of defence and ingenious protection devices dating from the beginning of the Shogun period. It is a masterpiece of construction in wood, combining function with aesthetic appeal, both in its elegant appearance unified by the white plastered earthen walls and in the subtlety of the relationships between the building masses and the multiple roof layers.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
Hiroshima Prefecture

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing. Not only is it a stark and powerful symbol of the most destructive force ever created by humankind; it also expresses the hope for world peace and the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons.

Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)
Kyoto and Shiga prefectures


Built in A.D. 794 on the model of the capitals of ancient China, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan from its foundation until the middle of the 19th century. As the centre of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto illustrates the development of Japanese wooden architecture, particularly religious architecture, and the art of Japanese gardens, which has influenced landscape gardening the world over.

Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Nara Prefecture

Ancient Nara

Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. During this period the framework of national government was consolidated and Nara enjoyed great prosperity, emerging as the fountainhead of Japanese culture. The city's historic monuments – Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and the excavated remains of the great Imperial Palace – provide a vivid picture of life in the Japanese capital in the 8th century, a period of profound political and cultural change.

Kamiyaku-cho and Yaku-cho, Kumage-gun Kagoshima Prefecture


Located in the interior of Yaku Island, at the meeting-point of the palaearctic and oriental biotic regions, Yakushima exhibits a rich flora, with some 1,900 species and subspecies, including ancient specimens of the sugi (Japanese cedar). It also contains a remnant of a warm-temperate ancient forest that is unique in this region.

Asakusa Ryokan Toukaisou, 2-16-12 Nishi Asakusa In the heart of Tokyo, enjoy an inexpensive, cozy and convenient stay in Toukaisou Ryokan. Beds From: $28.76

Asakusa Toukaisou, 2-16-12 Nishiasakusa Taito-ku Tokyo We hope you will try one of our new, super-budget rooms on our remodeled 3rd floor! This floor is actually an extension of the Asakusa Ryokan Toukaisou Beds From: $23.53

Asakusa View Hotel, 3-17-1 Nishiasakusa Asakusa View Hotel is located in Asakusa, the heart and soul of Shitamachi area (old downtown Tokyo). Beds From: $69.73

Backpackers Hostel Ks House Tokyo, 20-10, Kuramae 3-chome, Taitou-ku, Ks House Toyko (open in June 2006) is the 3rd hostel in the K's House chain and is only a 1 minute walk from Kuramae station (Asakusa area) Beds From: $24.41

Capsule Inn Akihabara, 6-9 akihabara,taito-ku,tokyo,Japan Akihabara is the digi-center of Tokyo where a endless amount of electronic stores exist, all offering big discounts and feeding the Electric City, a mecca for diehard fans of the Anime and Otaku cultures in Japan. Beds From: $34.87

Homeikan, 10-5 Hongo Enjoy real Japanese atmosphere and tradition.At Homeikan you'll experience the authentic Japanese 'Ryokan' at a reasonable price Beds From: $32.03

Hotel Kamogawa, 1-30-10, Asakusa Hotel Kamogawa is an affordable ryokan ideally located in the heart of Asakusa, one of the most famous to Beds From: $50.56

Hotel Kazusaya, 4-7-15 Honcho Since the opening of Hotel Kazusaya in 1891 it has been offering clean and comfortable service... Beds From: $77.80

Hotel Sunline Kamata, 7-25-5, Nishi Kamata Hotel Sunline Kamata is conveniently located within Kamata area, only 4 min walk from JR Kamata Station, Beds From: $36.61

Hotel Sunroute Asakusa, 8-5, Kaminarimon 1-Chome, Asakusa is located in central Tokyo, so it's very convenient to all amenities and attractions... Beds From: $52.30

Hotel Tateshina, Shinjuku 5-8-6 Enjoy the comfort and convenience of Tokyo's most lively district at a reasonable price... Beds From: $55.79

Hotel Yaesu Ryumeikan, 1-3-22 Yaesu Hotel Yaesu Ryumeikan has nurtured and perfected our services since our establishment in 1899... Beds From: $56.66

JGH Tokyo, 2-11-5, Nishikawaguchi, Kawaguchi-shi, Saitama Pre Welcome to our friendly JGH! We are 14KM away from the center of Tokyo. We are a traditional Japanese sweet home with Tatami-roo Beds From: $9.59

Jimbocho Sakura Hotel, 2-21-4 Kanda-Jimbocho The Sakura hotel has single, twin, and double rooms available along with dorms in the centre of Tokyo... Beds From: $31.30

Juyoh Hotel, 2-15-3 Kiyokawa Taito-ku We are an inexpensive hotel near Asakusa and Ueno, two major tourist spots in northeastern part of central Tokyo area. Beds From: $27.89

Kayabacho Pearl Hotel, 1-2-5, Shinkawa, Chuo-ku Kayabacho Pearl Hotel offers functionally laid-out single rooms and spacious relaxed twin rooms... Beds From: $61.02

Khaosan Tokyo, 2-1-5 Kaminarimon Khaosan Tokyo offers you great value for your stay at Japan's typical old romance town 'Asakusa', in Metropolitan Tokyo Beds From: $17.43

Khaosan Tokyo Asakusa Annex, 2-2-5 Higashikomagata Sumida-ku Welcome to our new guesthouse, owned by a fun and friendly married couple! Beds From: $13.07

Khaosan Tokyo Smile, Higashi Komagata 2-20-10, Sumida-ku, Tokyo Welcome to Khaosan Tokyo Smile! ! We are centrally located only 5 minutes walk from Asakusa Station. Beds From: $13.07

Kizankan, 4-37-20,hongo A relaxing place in tokyo to stay and hold meetings and receptions. named after the kizankan of......... Beds From: $54.91

Marks Inn Nishi Kawaguchi, 3-18-5, Namiki, Kawaguchi-shi Marks Inn Nishi Kawaguchi is about 25min by train from Ueno and is located in Saitama Prefecture, it is n Beds From: $43.58

New Izu Hotel, 3-13-1 Higashiueno New Izu Hotel offers a perfect combination of good value, convenience, comfort and hospitality... Beds From: $50.56

Oak Hotel, 6-1-2, Higashiueno Welcome to the Oak hotel! We have single, twin, double, and shared rooms available for backpackers and there are also rooms suitable for familie Beds From: $16.47

Palette Takashimadaira, 302 Palette Takashimadiara, 8-15-10 ‚Takashimada Welcome to Palette Takashimadaira! Guests will enjoy our very friendly atmosphere and interaction with Beds From: $28.33

Ryokan Kangetsu, 1-2-20 Chidori we will welcome you to our traditional Japanese hotel with Japanese-style hospitality at a very reasonable fee... Beds From: $32.95

Ryokan Ryumeikan-Honten, 3-4 Surugadai Kanda Welcome to our relaxing ryokan hotel at the foot of the hills of Ochanomizu. Beds From: $54.91

Sakura Hostel Asakusa, 2-24-2 Asakusa Built brand new in 2006, just to become a backpackers' accommodation, we are a cheap but high quality hostel. Come experience our hospitality and spotless facilities now! Beds From: $25.63

Sumisho Hotel, 9-14 Nihonbashi-kobunacho Welcome to our neat and peaceful hotel which has a traditional Ryokan flavour and is situated in Nihonbas... Beds From: $47.07

Tokyo Backpackers, 2-2-2 Nihon-zutsumi, Taito-Ku Welcome to our brand new friendly backpackers- at a great location in Tokyo!! Beds From: $20.05

Tokyo Inn, 2-31-6 Kitamagome Tokyo Inn has single, double and twin rooms available for families, backpackers and more... Beds From: $42.28

Tokyo International Hostel, 3-12-5 Ryusen Taito-Ku Tokyo Backpackers Matsushima Hotel the most famous and fun hotel to meet backpackers & travelers from all over the worl Beds From: $17.43

Touganeya Hotel, 3-17-5 Higashi-Ueno The Touganeya Hotel is a friendly boutique hotel located 2 minutes from JR and Subway Ueno station, in the lively heart of downtown Ueno, Tokyo... Beds From: $67.73

Ueno First City Hotel, 1-14-8 Ueno, Taito-ku We are conveniently located near JR subway station which is close to all top sightseeing attractions... Beds From: $45.76


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