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Great answer by jpatokal. One more thing to add to the kaimyō topic is that Japanese temples are run by private people as a business under something you could call a "religion business license" which is 100% tax-free. These businesses however do not only operate religious services such as funerals but also a lot of other non-religious operations such as golf ...
The word you are looking for is haikyo (廃墟, "ruin"), and Japan has plenty of them for pretty much every conceivable category of building... except temples and shrines. Unlike corporate enterprises that get abandoned as soon as they stop making money, temples and shrines were never intended as money-making enterprises in the first place, so their costs are ...
@travelot clearly described the relevant rules but I would like to clarify something and highlight an important distinction: There is – to my knowledge – no general restriction on taking pictures of the Eiffel tower (the police might ask you to stop taking pictures, e.g. if you are disturbing traffic and the like but that's something else). The issues with ...
The walk up to Kiyomizu Dera is a tourist bazar, there are several 'make you up as a Geisha' places along that walk and you are likely to see the customers of those shops out prancing around. You'll know immediately that they are fake if they are giggling and chatting amongst themselves. April/May (cherry blossom season) and August (festival season) ...
Have you tried University of Texas' Observation Deck. It's not free but not even in the range of Empire state building or Rockefeller Center. You can also see the virtual tour of the tower and the views on their website as well. Plus it also has some history though pretty gruesome.
Just to complete the cycle I went up the Empire state on Sunday and took my DSLR and 2 other lenses for it and they didn't bat an eyelid.
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