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Hakone Shrine
Japan
Copyright: Akiyoshi Odagawa
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Uploaded: 02/06/2010
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Stone steps of Hakone shrine
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Hakone Shrine Torii in Lake Ashi
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Torii for peace
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Hakone Sightseeing Cruise
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Hakone lodge of Seikei Gakuen School
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Going fishing
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