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  • Rokuon-ji Temple (Kinkaku-ji Temple)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Kinkakujichou 1
    This temple began when third generation shogun of the Muromachi shogunate Ashikaga Yoshimitsu inherited the Saionji family's mountain villa and called the villa “Kitayamadono.” After his death it was changed into a Zen temple named “Rokuonji.” The reliquary hall is a three-story building shining beautifully in gold and looks pretty reflected in the Kyokoike (mirror pond). This brilliant architecture was a symbol of Kitayama culture but burned down in a 1950 fire, then was rebuilt in 1955. In 1994 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    It's a beautiful setting with vendors at start and finish. An interesting walk as part of our tour....which included a few shrines . Not much to see beyond the gardens and building photo ops .

  • Eikando Zenrin-ji
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Eikandouchou 48
    The head temple of Nishiyama Zenrinji Pure Land Sect of Buddhism, located in Eikando Town, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. The temple was erected by Shinsho, a disciple of the famed priest Kukai, in 853 to serve as a Pure Land Sect dojo. Thereafter, a man named Eikan joined the priesthood and began engaging in philanthropic works while spreading Pure Land Buddhism and encouraging people to pray to Amitabha. Accordingly, the name “Eikando” is derived from his name. The temple is famous for its standing figure of Amitabha, which is looking back over its shoulder. An exhibit of the temple’s treasure house is held in November. The temple has also been famous for its autumn foliage since ancient times.

    Many people make a point to visit Kyoto at the end of November in order to catch a glimpse of the stunning colours appearing when the leaves change. It is particularly those of the Japanese maple and...

  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Bakurochou
    Popularly known as “Kitano no Tenjin-san,” this Shinto shrine is located in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. The shrine was founded in 947. It is also the head shrine of all 12 thousand Tenmangu and Tenjin shrines throughout the country dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, the god of scholarship. The shrine is frequented by students and test-takers not only during entrance exam season in winter but throughout the year. The main shrine, erected in 1607, is a National Treasure and a magnificent example of Momoyama architecture. Famed for its Japanese apricot blossoms, a gorgeous open air tea ceremony is performed by Kamishichiken geisha at the shrine during the Plum Blossom Festival on February 25. The shrine also bustles with numerous street stalls and people during the Tenjin Market, opened every month on the 25th.
  • Kifune-jinja Shrine
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kuramakibunechou 180
    This shrine in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, is the head shrine for the Kifune-Shrines in Japan which number almost 500 shrines. Long been known for the god of rain it has also gained faith from the chefs, cooking industry, and water industries of Japan. Therefore, unlike the regional name of Kibune, the name of the shrine is read as Kifune. The middle shrine located between the main shrine and the rear shrine enshrines the goddess Iwanaga-hime, a goddess of marriage and matchmaking, and is therefore popular amongst young couples.
  • Jisho-ji Temple (Ginkaku-ji Temple)
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    A mountain retreat modeled after the Kinkaku-ji Temple (Gold Pavillion Temple) built by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, grandfather of the eighth Muromachi shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, in 1482. After Yoshimasa’s death, the villa was turned into a Rinzai Shokoku-ji school Zen Buddhist temple and, based on Yoshimasa’s posthumous name, the temple was named the Jishoji Temple. The Kannon Hall, commonly known as the Ginkaku (Silver Pavillion), is simple and elegant in its design; the Togu-do hall is the oldest extant example of ancient Japanese shoin-zukuri architecture and is designated a National Treasure.

    This was the first temple and gardens we visited in Kyoto and after viewing many others, we thought it was one of the better ones. Impressive clipped hedges walking up to the entrance. Excellent...

  • Shimogamo-jinja Shrine
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shimogamoizumigawachou 59
    Formally titled the Kamomioya Shrine, this historic Shinto shrine is one of Kyoto’s oldest. The entire grounds of the shrine are registered as part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” World Heritage listing. Dedicated to the guardian deity of Kyoto as well as the guardian deity of woman’s duties, since ancient times the shrine has been seen as providing divine aid in receiving guidance, achieving victory, and starting new projects. The grounds are also dotted with women-oriented shrines and sites, such as the Aioi-sha, a shrine dedicated to luck in marriage, and Kawai Shrine, a guardian shrine for women.

    Most won't visit these lesser traveled shrines in Kyoto sticking to the tourist-packed icons in Higashi-yama or Arashiyama. This is a beautiful shrine in beautiful park that enshrines it.

  • Sanzen-in Monzeki (Sanzen-in Temple)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ohararaikouinchou 540
    This Buddhist temple’s origin dates back to the Enryaku period (782–806), when the priest Saicho opened a temple in the To-do on Mt. Hiei; the temple moved to its current location in 1871. The temple grounds are filled with historic buildings, including the Ojo Gokuraku-in Hall and reception halls for Imperial and regular guests. The Amida Hall on the south side of the grounds houses a figure of Amitabha flanked by two attendants, a National Treasure. There are numerous other highlights, including the beautiful moss-covered Shuheki-en and Yusei-en gardens. Seasonal flowers and natural beauty can be enjoyed on the temple’s grounds year round, as well, including cherry blossoms in the spring and fall foliage in autumn.

    I am so happy I took the bus ride to Ohara, it turned out to be a very pleasant destination, of the few Temples there this is a must to see. It is almost virtually at the end of road.

  • Nanzen-ji Zen Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjifukuchichou
    The head temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism, located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. The temple was founded by the priest Mukan Fumon as the Zenrin-ji-dono, the imperial villa of Emperor Kameyama in 1291. The temple’s standing is high; it is considered above the five most important Rinzai temples in both Kyoto and Kamakura. Its triple gate is considered one of the three most impressive temple gates in Kyoto and is also famous as the setting of a scene in the kabuki play Sanmon gosan no kiri, in which the character of Ichikawa Goemon utters the well-known line, “How beautiful, how beautiful!” The temple houses numerous Important Cultural Properties, such as famed painter Kano Tan’yu’s screen paining The Tiger of Mizunomi. The grounds contain an abbot’s residence which is a National Treasure and was moved here from the former imperial palace of Fushimi Castle. The temple’s garden is a dry landscape garden representative of the early Edo period style.
  • Heian Jingu Shrine
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakinishitennouchou
    A Shinto shrine located in Sakyo Ward in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture which was erected in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the foundation of the ancient capital of Heian-Kyo. The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Kammu and Emperor Komei. The main shrine building is a 5/8th scale replica of the Heian-Kyo government reception hall used during the time of Emperor Kammu. The shrine’s solemn vermillion lacquered buildings roofed with green glazed tiles and the white gravel covering the grounds are a spectacle to behold. The surrounding Japanese garden is strolling garden built around a central pond which is divided into four separate sections filled with splendid flowering plants and trees appropriate to the four seasons. The shrine is also famous for its weeping cherry trees in spring.
  • Kurama-dera Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kuramahonchou 1074
    A Buddhist temple whose origin dates back to 770 when Gantei (Jiàn zhēng) shonin, the leading disciple of the Chinese priest Ganjin (Jiàn zhēn) wajyo, enshrined a statue of Bishamonten (Vaisravana: the guardian god of Buddhism) here. Thereafter, in 796, Chief of Temple Construction Fujiwara no Isendo had an additional temple building constructed here enshrining a figure of Senju Kannon (Thousand-armed Buddhist Goddess of Mercy). The temple is known for its legends regarding a tengu (long-nosed goblin) and Ushiwakamaru (young Minamoto no Yoshitsune), and there are sites along the mountain trail leading to the inner sanctuary from behind the main temple building connected to him. The “path of 99 bends,” which famed author and court lady Sei Shonagon described as being “short yet long” in her Pillow Book, extends for approximately one kilometer between the main temple gate and the main temple building, but visitors may also ride a cable car up to the temple’s two tier pagoda. A renowned “power spot,” this popular site is visited by great numbers of people each year.

    We have been here twice now climbing Mount Kurama with our Reiki student group. The tempel is beautiful and it is worth climbing up further the mountain to see the natural sights ans lantern lined...

  • Kyoto International Conference Center
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Iwakuraosagichou 422
    An international conference center which was built as Japan's first national conference facility. Used as a space by many for exchange and gatherings, in addition to the main building and an event hall, the facility is also adjoined by a hotel. The facility also has a Japanese garden on the grounds surrounded by lush natural beauty which is dedicated to the theme of people gathering and talking in nature.
  • Kamo-wake ikazuchi Jinja (Kamigamo-jinja Shrine)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Kamigamomotoyama 339
    This shrine in Kita Ward, Kyoto City, enshrines the patron god of the Kamo clan. It is said the shrine was founded in 678 when the god Kamowakeikazuchi no Okami descended to the foot of Mt. Kamosan during the reign of Emperor Jimmu. The god is said to protect against misfortune, grant good fortune, victory in battle, and protect the power industry. The main hall and temporary shrine are both National Treasures and were last rebuilt in 1863 while the 34 worship halls rebuilt in 1628 are designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan. On May 15th they hold the Aoi Festival, one of Kyoto's three largest festivals, and many people come to watch the procession which is put on in Heian-period costumes.
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Kyoutogyoen
    The Kyoto Imperial Palace is located in the northern side of the Kyoto Imperial Gardens. The palace is surrounded by a roofed mud wall and channel of clear running water 250 meters long east to west and 450 meters long north to south. The current palace was rebuilt in 1855 and includes such facilities as six gates scattered around all four sides, the old palace’s state chamber where successive generations of emperors were enthroned, and a hall of state built in the Imperial residence style located in the center of the compound where the Imperial throne is placed. The small old palace, built in the traditional shoin-zukuri style, is located on the north side of the compound, and from here visitors can view an elegant garden with a large pond. Once, viewing the Kyoto Imperial Palace required an application to be made beforehand, but today no such reservation is required and the palace may be viewed freely by anyone year round (note that a bagger inspection will be performed prior to allowing visitors entry).
  • Miyakomesse
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakiseishoujichou 9-1
    This event venue was constructed in commemoration of the 1,200th anniversary of the ancient capital of Heian-Kyo and first opened its doors in 1996. The event hall is used for a variety of events such as those promoting traditional industries. The hall’s exhibition and meeting spaces are used for trade fairs and other functions. The venue also hosts the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts and the Japan Design Museum, two permanent exhibitions which present the style and the traditional industries of Kyoto. A café/restaurant adjoins the museum, as well as the museum’s shop, which sells traditional crafts. Higashiyama Station is the closest station to the venue.

    イベント、大きな会議、学会等で利用されてるような印象でした。今回は京都大学の入学式(近年毎年こちらで開催)に出席しました。

  • Seimei-jinja Shrine
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi, Kamigyo-ku Horikawa Tsushin Ichijo Le Rui Mihacho 806
    This is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Abe no Seimei, a diviner active in the mid Heian period, built in 1007 by Emperor Ichijo in order to appease the diviner’s spirit. The shrine helps ward off evil and danger, and many visitors come to escape misfortune. The shrine has a distinct Onmyodo mystical atmosphere, from the pentagrams depicted on the tori gate, paper lanterns and votive pictures to the diviner stone statues.

    This shrine was established in 11th century for Japan's legendary figure, Abe no Seimei, who was said to be an 'onmyoji' who practiced Japanese yin and yang (onmyo) - a system of divination...

  • Zuiganzan Enkouji Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujikotanichou 13
    A Rinzai Nanzen-ji Buddhist temple located in the Ichijo-ji area of Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. The temple was erected in 1601 by Sanyo Genkitsu (Kanshitsu), Zen priest and ninth head of the Ashikaga Gakko school, who was asked to do so by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu to promote education and learning in the nation. The beauty of the temple’s garden, a traditional strolling garden built around a central pond, is said to have been much praised by ancient people, and is still a must-see today. The garden is filled with sights, including a traditional Suikinkutsu (ceramic pot under the ground) said to purify the soul with the clear sound of the water dripping into it; “Honryutei,” a dry landscape garden; and the “Jyu-gyu no niwa” Garden, famed for its moss and autumn foliage. The temple was also the site where the Fushimi-ban, one of Japan’s first printed books, was created, and the roughly 50 thousand wooden printing type used to make the book kept at the temple are designated an Important Cultural Property as Japan’s oldest printed type.

    Enkoji is one of the temples in Kyoto with colourful fall foliage around late November to early December. It is located slightly north east of Kyoto centre. I started my journey slightly later of...

  • Shinshogokuraku-ji Temple (Shin’nyo-do)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Joudojishinnyochou 82
    This Buddhist temple located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City is commonly called the Shin’nyo-do. The temple was founded in 984 when the priest Kaisan enshrined a figure of Amitabha from the Jyogyo-do Hall on Mt. Hiei. This figure, called the “Nodding Amitabha,” is said to provide aid to women. The current temple hall was erected in the mid-Edo period (1693–1717). The grounds carry an atmosphere befitting a major temple and are home to the massive main hall (an Important Cultural Property) and a beautiful three–story pagoda. The temple is also fast becoming a popular spot to view the scarlet maple leaves and bustles with visitors in fall.

    Perhaps because the temple's chief protector, Amitabha Tathagata, is only displayed once a year (15 November), or because the streets on the hill are too narrow for tour buses, this temple rarely...

  • Nanzenji Junsei
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenji Front of the gate
    The Nanzen-ji Zen Temple is the head temple of Rinzai Buddhism. This restaurant located in front of the temple serves traditional Kyoto kaiseki course cuisine such as its famed boiled tofu. Diners can enjoy seasonal kaiseki dishes and boiled tofu while enjoying the view of the restaurant’s garden. After your meal, why not take a stroll in the garden of the Junsei Shoin, a registered Tangible Cultural Property originally built as a space for the study of medicine in the Edo period.

    I recently ate here for lunch. While there are tatami rooms, we sat in a room with chairs (one member cant sit at tatami tables). The room was small and overlooked the gardens. The food was all...

  • Kyoto City Zoo
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakihoushoujichou In Okazaki Park
    A zoo established by the city of Kyoto located in the Okazaki area of Sakyo Ward. This historic zoo was the second to be opened in the country, having begun operating in 1903. The zoo is dedicated to animal breeding and has achieved the first successful breeding in Japan of species such as lions, tigers, western lowland gorillas, and lar gibbons. The zoo houses numerous exhibits only found here, including an Asian elephant herd in the Forest of Elephants and a Gorilla House where visitors can see gorillas learning with the use of touch panels, a first in Japan. In the Otogi no Kuni (Fairy Land) exhibit Animals, used to the presence of humans such as domesticated farm animals can be viewed up close and touched, providing visitors to have fun while learning about the preciousness of life.

    Incredibly small enclosures for everything. Sad elephants. Over cramped spaces. These animals deserve so much better

  • Daitokuji Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Murasakinodaitokujichou 53
    Daitokuji Temple was opened in 1315, and is the head temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism’s Daitokuji faction. There are two branch temples in the expansive grounds, along with 22 sub temples and an array of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. Though destroyed during the Onin War, it is famous for having been restored by high monk Ikkyu. There is also a wooden image of Sen no Rikyu enshrined at the spot he repaired on the second floor of the main temple gate, and it is said that Hideyoshi’s fury at this is one of the reason’s he committed suicide.

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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