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Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

The Ten Thousand "Torii" Shrine.
Kyoto, Japan

Nishiki Market

This 700-year-old street food market features baby octopus and soy donuts.
Kyoto, Japan

Tenryu-Ji Shrine's Bamboo trail

A beautiful bamboo trail tucked in this famous Japanese Shrine.
Kyoto, Japan

Sagano Bamboo Forest

The sound of swaying stalks in this stunning grove has been named a governmentally recognized sound.
Nara, Japan

Buddha's Nostril

Devoted Buddhists can earn enlightenment in the next life by crawling through this symbolic nostril.
Kyoto, Japan

Kiyomizu-Dera Temple

A shrine contains nearly 200 statues of the Buddhist deity Jizo, dressed in bibs by parents who have lost a child.
Kyoto, Japan

Starbucks Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya

This Kyoto Starbucks takes coffee drinkers back in time.
Taito City, Japan

Owaraji (Giant Straw Sandals)

An enormous pair of straw sandals woven in the traditional way, to keep demons at bay.
Tokyo, Japan

The Asahi Flame

This enormous monument is one of the most iconic structures in Tokyo, rudely nicknamed "The Golden Turd."
Tokyo, Japan

Ekibenya Matsuri

A railway station takeout shop sells boxed meals in containers shaped like trains and snowmen that hold the country’s abundant regional delicacies.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

The world-record holder for the longest bridge stretching continuously over water.
Tokyo, Japan

Garden of Unborn Children

Rows of stone statues are dressed up to mourn children that are lost before birth.
Tokyo, Japan

Hachiko

After a profound show of devotion for his master, a dog becomes the symbol of loyalty for an entire nation.
Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara Electric Town

Once a black market electronics marketplace, now an otaku shopper's paradise.
Tokyo, Japan

Godzilla Head

He's not quite the menace he once was, but he still has some chops.
Motobu, Japan

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

One of the world's largest tanks mimics the experience of watching rare whale sharks, giant rays, and deep sea creatures from the ocean floor.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia

This little-known collection holds everything from "Dracula" notes, to the manuscript of "Ulysses," to the forged works of Shakespeare.
Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument Access Hatch

Daredevil repair workers can worm their way out the access hatch, loop ropes over the apex and rappel down the monument.
Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument Lightning Rod

The monument's pointy aluminum tip has been melted down by repeated lightning strikes.
Providence, Rhode Island

Industrial National Bank Building

Rhode Island's tallest building bears a resemblance to the "Daily Planet" building and has been empty for more than five years.
Orange, Connecticut

PEZ Visitor Center

The world's largest public collection of PEZ memorabilia.
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Remington Shot Tower

Connecticut's shot tower is near the end of its life.
Charlevoix, Michigan

Weathervane Restaurant Boulder Fireplace

In the main dining room, a nine-ton boulder caps the fireplace designed by local architect Earl Young.
Petoskey, Michigan

Lake Michigan Crucifix

Winter weather reveals a large Italian marble crucifix drowned beneath Lake Michigan.