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Three Views of Japan

The tide is coming in, and a cruise boat is passing under the big torii gate (Photo: Masayoshi Hirose)

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A canonical list of three most celebrated scenic views in Japan, attributed to 1643 scholar Hayashi Gahō (also Hayashi Shunsai). The Three Views of Japan (日本三景, Nihon Sankei) are attributed to Hayashi's Nihonkaku Jisekikou book, which introduced these three prominent locations to be found across Japan. Each spot is surrounded by the sea and considered a strong symbol of Japan.