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3000 pieces

Itsukushima shrine
© Epoch
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Itsukushima shrine

The classic view of the Itsukushima shrine, looking out into the bay at the great torii. This Shinto ceremonial gateway was completed in 1875, and is unusual in being sited in the tidal part of the bay.

This is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan" - and since 1996 has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21511 (21-511 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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2542 pieces

Tō-ji temple, Kyoto
© Tanaka Hideaki
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Tō-ji temple, Kyoto

A dramatic dawn shot along the moat of Tō-ji (literally "East Temple"), with its famous pagoda, the tallest wooden tower in Japan. The 2542 pieces of this puzzle will make a tough challenge, with the subdued range of tones in the picture.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75030 (75-030 on box)
Retail price ¥3500

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Kinkakuji
© Akira Shibata
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Kinkakuji

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Discontinued January 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75507 (75-507 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Itsukushima sunset
© Epoch
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Itsukushima sunset

A dramatic view of the great Torii of Itsukushima at sunset. This puzzle is quite a challenge: 2542 pieces "mostly purple"...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76019 (76-019 on box)
Retail price ¥3900

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2016 pieces

Itsukushima Shrine
© Epoch
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Itsukushima Shrine

The classic view of Itsukushima shrine, looking out into the bay at the great torii. This Shinto ceremonial gateway was completed in 1875, and is unusual in being sited in the tidal part of the bay. It is also famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

See also: Cherry blossom time (1000 pieces) and Ama-no-hashidate (1000 pieces), one of the other "Three sights"

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23031 (23-031 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Nara, former capital
© Asukaen
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Nara, former capital

2010 sees the celebration of the 1300th anniversary of the Japanese capital moving to Heijō-kyō, or modern Nara. This is Yakushi-ji, one of the historical temples of Nara — some of the buildings are modern reconstructions, but because of the tradition regular rebuilding and repair undergone by wooden temple buildings of Japan, and with the decline in the importance of Nara after the capital moved to Kyoto, many historical details are lost in the mists of time.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23046 (23-046 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara
© Yamanashi Katsuhiro
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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara

The impressive entrance to one of the historical treasures makes a particularly nice picture for a puzzle: the varying textures and repeating patterns provide fascination, particularly the row of bronze lanterns. As is the tradition in Japan, wooden buildings are rebuilt regularly, preserving their beauty...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23047 (23-047 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Mimurotoji, Kyoto
© Epoch
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Mimurotoji, Kyoto

This temple, in the city of Uji just south of Kyoto, is one of the thirty-three forming the Kansai Kannon pilgrimage route. It is extremely ancient, as the first temple on this site was erected some 1200 years ago, and is also known as the "Temple of flowers", for its display of azaleas and hydrangeas, in addition to the lotus pond featured here.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23559 (23-559 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Sunset at Bitchu-Kokubunji
© Epoch
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Sunset at Bitchu-Kokubunji

A sunset view of the five-storied pagoda at Bitchu-Kokubunji. Only completed in 1847, to replace the previous seven-storied pagoda lost in a fire, this is the most recent example of this classic design.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E24607 (24-607 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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1900 pieces

Itsukushima sunset
© Epoch
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Itsukushima sunset

A dramatic view of the great Torii of Itsukushima at sunset. This puzzle is quite a challenge: there is a lot of purple, and a lot of shadow.

* Combination of 1500 + 400 small-piece puzzles

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An Epoch puzzle: 1900 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E17106 (17-106 on box)
Retail price ¥3900

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1518 pieces

Byōdōin, Kyoto
© Epoch
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Byōdōin, Kyoto

A head-on view of one of the most famous temples in Kyoto: the reflection makes for an interesting puzzle. The building, which appears in the design on a 10-yen coin in this view, is the Amida Hall, more familiarly known as the Phoenix Hall, after the birds perched on top of the central roof.

Mark Schumacher has an interesting page on the phoenix, including closeups of the birds on roof of this temple.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1518 pieces; 102 x 34 cm (40" x 13")
Code: E18025 (18-025 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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1500 pieces

Kinkakuji in winter
© Epoch
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Kinkakuji in winter

The "Gold pavilion," perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, in the depths of winter. The placid waters and still grey trees are beautifully set off by the brilliant gold leaf of the building. This will not be an easy puzzle!

Kinkakuji was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple
Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15516 (15-516 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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1053 pieces

Itsukushima Shrine
© Apollo
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Itsukushima Shrine

A dramatic view of the great Torii of Itsukushima at sunset. This puzzle has interesting contrasts between the sea, the sky, and the stone lanterns.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued January 2017
An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P49706 (49-706 on box)
Retail price ¥2300

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1000 pieces

Byôdôin (Kyoto)
© Epoch
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Byōdōin, Kyoto

A head-on view of one of the most famous temples in Kyoto: the reflection makes for an interesting puzzle. The building, which appears in the design on a 10-yen coin in this view, is the Amida Hall, or more familiarly the Phoenix Hall, after the birds perched on top of the central roof.

Mark Schumacher has an interesting page on the phoenix, including closeups of the birds on roof of this temple.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10535 (10-535 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Enryakuji - Shiga
© Epoch
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Enryakuji - Shiga

Although strictly in Shiga prefecture, this temple is part of the sacred mountain site of Hiei-san, on the Eastern outskirts of Kyoto. In this simple but peaceful scene, the temple building, with its bronze and stone lanterns, stands among the giant cryptomeria trees.

Background history: Wikipedia article

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10600 (10-600 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Manshu-in
© Epoch
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Manshu-in

Founded in the 8th century, this Kyoto temple is particularly well-known for its splendid garden.

This will be an interesting puzzle, with plenty of colour and texture variation...

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10724 (10-724 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Itsukushima Jinja
© Epoch
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Itsukushima Jinja

The classic view of the Itsukushima shrine, looking out into the bay at the great torii. This Shinto ceremonial gateway was completed in 1875, and is unusual in being sited in the tidal part of the bay.

This is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan" - and since 1996 has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Detail

See also: Cherry blossom time (1000 pieces) and Ama-no-hashidate (1000 pieces), one of the other "Three sights"

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11115 (11-115 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Tôshôgu, Nikko
© Epoch
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Tōshōgu, Nikko

This spectacular entrance, Yômeimon, is the central feature of this World Heritage site in Nikkô (Tochigi). The whole site is a Shinto shrine (Tôshôgu) built in the early 1600s to honour Tokugawa Ieyasu, the very first Shogun of the Tokugawa era. Since he was the most powerful man in Japan at the time, perhaps it is not so surprising that for a Shinto building this is unusually ornate.

Detail
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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11119 (11-119 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Itsukushima shrine
© Masanori Yamanashi
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Itsukushima shrine

A very dramatic evening view of the great Torii of Itsukushima. At high tide it is completely surrounded by the sea.

Wikipedia article

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11396 (11-396 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Sanzen-in, Kyoto
© Epoch
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Sanzen-in, Kyoto

Like many other of the famous temples of Kyoto, Sanzen-in is not an extrovery showpiece, rather a contemplative haven in beautiful natural surroundings. Here the view out onto the garden is from a room which provides an elegant frame.

* The picture on the box has a number of "mistakes", slight differences from the puzzle.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E59509 (59-509 on box)
Retail price ¥3500

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Seiganto-ji and Nachi falls
© Yanoman
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Seiganto-ji and Nachi falls

Near the southern tip of the Kii peninsula below Kyoto, this pagoda, just part of the temple complex, enjoys a commanding view of the impressive Nachi falls. Although the falls are actually across a valley, a suitable viewpoint brings them into the same picture.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: Y1204 (12-04 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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954 pieces

Byôdôin
© Epoch
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Byōdōin, Kyoto

A strikingly different wide-angle view of one of the most famous temples in Kyoto. Compared with the usual "full-frontal" view, as in the design on a 10-yen coin, here we get a good sense of the setting and surrounding garden. This building is the Amida Hall, or more familiarly the Phoenix Hall, after the birds perched on top of the central roof.

Mark Schumacher has an interesting page on the phoenix, including closeups of the birds on roof of this temple.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 954 pieces; 102 x 34 cm (40" x 13")
Code: E09502 (09-502 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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500 pieces

Murôji pagoda
© Beverly Enterprises
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Murôji pagoda

Murôji is a mountain temple on the outskirts of Nara. As is the case with many temple buildings, this pagoda is built in the middle of woods, leaving no ideal viewpoint for photographing it. Here we peer up the stone steps flanked by colourful, if slightly moth-eaten rhododendrons.

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A Beverly puzzle: 500 pieces; 36 x 49 cm (14" x 19")
Code: B050118 (050-118 on box)
Retail price ¥1280

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420 pieces

Kyoto temples
© Epoch
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Nara temples

A striking dawn view of the twin pagodas of Yakushi-ji, one of the historic temples of Nara, capital of Japan from 710 to 784.

Wikipedia article

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Discontinued June 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52135 (52-135 on box)
Retail price ¥1800

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300 pieces

Steps to Kibune shrine
© Beverly Enterprises
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Steps to Kibune shrine

How many hundreds of thousands of feet have climbed these worn old steps? On the side of a mountain just north of Kyoto, the way is lined by relatively recent lanterns (in the traditional style, of course), that have no doubt been contributed by those who hope to be remembered at this ancient monument.

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B030159 (030-159 on box)
Retail price ¥980

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Zenzanji - wisteria
© Beverly Enterprises
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Zenzanji - wisteria

A rather splendid wisteria tree is among the lush foliage surrounding this pagoda at Zenzanji (temple). The building was never quite finished - there are no handrails or windows in the top storey - and the surprisingly beautiful effect of this led it to be known as the "Tower of perfect imperfection".

This temple is situated high in central Japan, a region of clean clean air that spawned the precision engineering industry (clocks and watches), and later the high-tech revolution.

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B030160 (030-160 on box)
Retail price ¥980

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Tôshôgu, Nikko
© Koichiro Kitaoku
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Tōshōgu, Nikko

This spectacular entrance, Yômeimon, is the central feature of this World Heritage site in Nikkô (Tochigi). The whole site is a Shinto shrine (Tôshôgu) built in the early 1600s to honour Tokugawa Ieyasu, the very first Shogun of the Tokugawa era. Since he was the most powerful man in Japan at the time, perhaps it is not so surprising that for a Shinto building this is unusually ornate.

Detail
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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B73145 (73-145 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Byôdôin (Kyoto)
© Beverly Enterprises
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Byôdôin (Kyoto)

A head-on view of one of the most famous temples in Kyoto: the crisp reflection makes for an interesting puzzle. The building, which appears in the design on a 10-yen coin in this view, is the Amida Hall, or more familiarly the Phoenix Hall, after the birds perched on top of the central roof.

Mark Schumacher has an interesting page on the phoenix, including closeups of the birds on roof of this temple.

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B73157 (73-157 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Kameido shrine
© Beverly
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Kameido shrine

An oasis of calm in central Tokyo, the gardens of Kameido Shrine are famous for the displays of wisteria around the geometrically shaped pond.

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B73180 (73-180 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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216 pieces

Seiganto-ji
© Epoch
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Seiganto-ji

Near the southern tip of the Kii peninsula below Kyoto, this pagoda, just part of the temple complex, enjoys a commanding view of the impressive Nachi falls. Although the falls are actually across a valley, a suitable viewpoint brings them into the same picture.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 216 pieces; 18 x 26 cm (7" x 10")
Code: E04512 (04-512 on box)
Retail price ¥1000

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