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Kobe’s only site on the Japan National Treasures list, Taisan-ji was established in 716; the hondo, or main hall, dates back to 1293. Most of the rest was rebuilt in the last 100 years or so. The hondo is in classic Wayo style—the style used in temples all over Japan—but there’s a Chinese twist here in the engraved ceilings. The grounds also feature a nice five-story pagoda, each story representing a different one of the basic elements. A quiet escape from the city.

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