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Flat land suitable for farming has always been scarce in Japan.  So Japanese temples and shrines are frequently located on hillsides and mountaintops.  This is just one of the many sets of stairs that visitors climbe to reach Kiyomizudera.
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Flat land suitable for farming has always been scarce in Japan. So Japanese temples and shrines are frequently located on hillsides and mountaintops. This is just one of the many sets of stairs that visitors climbe to reach Kiyomizudera.