Temples in Nikko, Kii Mountain Range, Iwami Ginzan, and Hiraizumi
But you can enjoy the temples as well as the scenery surrounding them. The leaders in each period built temples in the capitals to protect the city and the nation. On the other hand, high priests and the lord of a manor established the Buddhist buildings as to harmonize with nature.
Japanese people had believed the religion of nature that formed Shinto since the ancient time. So they thought nature had a special power and tried to coexist with the mountains, the seas, and the rivers. When they wanted to aim hight of the spirituality with Buddhism, it was natural to seek the environment in the holy mountains.
Nikko, Tochigi prefecture
Kii Mountain Range, Wakayama and Nara prefecture
Iwami Ginzan, Shimane prefecture
Rakanji temple (羅漢寺）
Hiraizumi, Iwate prefecture
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