Waterfall sights in Japan
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Most travellers to Kyoto don’t venture beyond Ginkaku-ji when exploring the northern reaches of Higashiyama, but there are several other worthwhile temples in this part of town, including Shisen-dō and Manshu-in. These two temples make a nice combination and are usually ignored by the masses who descend on Kyoto’s more popular temples. Note that it’s too far to walk here from Ginkaku-ji; consider a taxi or the bus. With a name meaning ‘house of poet-hermits’, Shisen-dō was built in 1641 by Ishikawa Jōzan, a scholar of Chinese classics and a landscape architect who wanted a place to retire to. Formerly a samurai, Jōzan abandoned his warrior status after a rift with…
On the west coast is Yakushima's highest waterfall at 88m. It's a five-minute walk from Ōko-no-taki bus stop, which is the last stop on some of the buses running south and west from Miyano-ura and Anbō (note that only two buses a day run all the way out here).