Temples of Japan

Temples of Japan

Temples are the places of worship in Japanese Buddhism. Virtually every Japanese municipality has at least one temple, while large cultural centers like Kyoto have several thousands.Temples store and display sacred Buddhist objects. Some temples used to be monasteries, and some still function as such. Structures typically found at Japanese temples are:

Main hall The sacred objects of worship, such as statues, are displayed in the main hall. Main halls are called kondo, hondo, butsuden, amidado or hatto in Japanese.
Example: Main hall of Todaiji in Nara.
Lecture hall Lecture halls are for meetings and lectures and often also display objects of worship. Lecture halls are called kodo.
Example: Lecture hall of Toji in Kyoto.
Pagoda The pagoda, a structure that has evolved from the Indian stupa, usually comes with three (sanju no to) or five (goju no to) stories. Pagodas store remains of the Buddha such as a tooth, usually in form of a representation.
Example: 3-storied pagoda of Kofukuji in Nara.
Gates Gates mark the entrance to the temple grounds. There is usually one main gate, and possibly several additional gates, along the temple’s main approach.
Example: Sanmon Gate of Kenchoji in Kamakura.
Bell On New Year‘s Eve, temple bells are rung 108 times, corresponding to the Buddhist concept of 108 worldly desires.
Example: Great Bell of Kenchoji in Kamakura.
Cemetery Most cemeteries in Japan are Buddhist and are located at a temple. The Japanese visit their ancestors’ graves on many occasions during the year, especially during the obon week, the equinoctial weeks and anniversaries.

The best cities to visit temples are KyotoNara and Kamakura. One of the best places to overnight at temples is Mount Koya.

1. Kiyomizudera Temple

Temple famous for its large wooden terrace.
2.Osorezan (Mount Osore)

Sacred mountain resembling Buddhist hell.
3. Todaiji Temple

Large temple with a big Buddha statue.
4. Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

Temple building covered in gold.
5. Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion)

Beautiful temple not actually covered in silver.
6. Okunoin Temple

Temple where Kobo Daishi is enshrined.
7. Yamadera

Scenic temple on a steep mountainside.
8. Hasedera Temple

Large temple complex on a hillside location.
 9. Kokedera (Moss Temple)

Called moss temple because of its garden.
10. Great Buddha of Kamakura

Large bronze Buddha Statue.
11. Sanjusangendo

Temple with 1001 human sized statues.
 12. Horyuji Temple

The world’s oldest wooden buildings.
13. Byodoin Temple

Temple with a beautiful Pure Land Garden.
14.Ninnaji Temple

Temple turned former imperial residence.
15. Nanzenji Temple

Zen temple with beautiful stone garden. 

the material is taken from http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2058.html