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Kannon is the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. You'll spot incarnations of this many-armed goddess throughout Japan.

Sanjusangendo

Don’t be fooled by Sanjusangendo’s austere exterior; concealed within these dark wooden walls are a 1001 statutes of the Goddess of Mercy, all built to human scale.

Illuminated autumn leaves at Kiyomizudera temple in Kyoto, Kansai

Kiyomizudera Temple

Take the plunge at one of Kyoto's most iconic sights.

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 15, 2015: Yokohama's Chinatown district at night. It is the largest Chinatown in Japan.

Yokohama Chinatown

If you can deal without the Great Wall or the Terracotta Army, then you can get on with your life knowing that there’s a not-so-little slice of China just half an hour away from Tokyo.

Ryoanji Temple

Find your zen at one of the world’s famous meditative rock gardens—serenity-seeking tourists tested, UNESCO approved.

Sensoji Temple in Asakusa , Tokyo

Asakusa

The grand temple of Senso-ji looms large in the heart of Tokyo’s downtown.

Myoryu-ji Temple (Ninjadera)

With a nickname like “Ninja Temple,” it’s gotta be good.

Abiko Kannon-ji

The temple has one of Osaka's biggest fire fests.

Chogosonshi-ji Temple

Even a pacifist country has a temple for the God of war.

Mitaki-dera Temple

Soak up the harmonious atmosphere in Hiroshima’s spectacular woodland temple.

Kudoyama

The home of the Sanada Clan in exile.