Spots in Kurama / Kibune / Ohara Area

  • 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.

    The temple of the golden pavilion is one of the most popular temple in Japan. Not only the Golden Pavilion, but also the Japanese Garden around the temple are stunning beautiful too. Its highly...

  • Jisho-ji Temple (Ginkaku-ji Temple)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ginkakujichou 2
    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 one of the nicest places we visited during out time in Japan. It was immaculately kept, beautifully designed and peaceful despite being quite busy. The path climbs to the top of the hill and...

  • 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).

    Kyoto Imperial Palace is formed by several palaces, gardens, halls.. and the main palace. You have to follow a path and look at the temples, halls and gardens from a distance. Everything is very...

  • 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.

    A must do along the Philosophers Path - which only takes about 1 hour to walk, from the Silver Pavilion to Zenso-ji - this includes stopping at all 4 temples.

  • Heian Jingu Shrine
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    1212 Reviews
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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.

    Elegant, beautiful, and utterly photogenic . The architecture borrows from the Chinese.Go early to avoid the crowds. And don’t miss the the exquisite gardens behind the shrine which you’ll want to...

  • Kifune-jinja Shrine
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    685 Reviews
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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.

    This time, we took a bus from the subway station, Kokusai-kaikan and changed to another small bus to the shrine. There are not so many people visiting, and you can enjoy the quiet and peaceful...

  • Sanzen-in Monzeki (Sanzen-in Temple)
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    809 Reviews
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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.

    We loved the garden around Sanzen-in Temple. Beautiful water features. Moss gardens and stone statues were outstanding. So much to photograph... There were restaurants and stores leading up to the...

  • 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.

    It had been founded in 678 but burnt and rebuilt in later years. The site coverage was large and particularly beautiful during autumn foliage falls. An important Shinto sanctuary on the banks of...

  • Kurama-dera Temple
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    386 Reviews
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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.

    Kifune and Kurama is easily accesible from Kyoto station, remember eizan line because this is your gateway to both place.You could use google map or hyperdia for how to get there. I used my kansai...

  • Kyoto Botanical Garden
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    378 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shimogamohangichou
    Opened in 1924, this is Japan’s oldest public botanical garden. Some 120 thousand plants grow on the garden’s spacious grounds, spanning some 12 thousand varieties. The south side of the garden features the front entrance flower beds blooming with seasonal flowers, a rose garden, and one of the largest greenhouses in Japan, were visitors can enjoy rare tropical plants such as welwitschia and baobab. The north side of the garden includes the virgin Nakaragi Forest and a garden presenting a natural plant ecology as well as cherry trees, Japanese apricot trees, and Japanese irises. The cherry tree blossoms from mid-March to late April are truly splendid and their illumination at night is a must-see. Children of junior high school age and younger as well as senior citizens 70 years of age and older may enter free. Kitayama Station is the closest station to the garden.

    I have wanted to come here every time Ive visited Kyoto (7 times) but had never made it before. I was looking for somewhere less crowded and to spend some time in nature. That is exactly what I got...

  • Seimei-jinja Shrine
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    327 Reviews
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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.

    I felt energised after visiting here. It was so nice to visit a power spot that is small and quiet.There are not so many visitors and no tourist coaches! It has its own bus stops too, on the No12...

  • Kyoto City Zoo
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    235 Reviews
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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.

    Decided to make a trip down to this zoo though we were staying in Osaka. It was free for my 2 school going kids. Its a clean and renovated zoo. Location was good with so many scenic views to take...

  • Honen-in Temple
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    276 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shishigatanigoshonodanchou 30
    This is a mountain temple of the Jodo Buddhist sect in Higashiyama, with a renovated thatched hut that was once used for six o’clock prayer by Honen priests and their followers. The road leading to the temple has white sand platforms on each side representing water, and by passing between them one’s mind and body can be purified. The garden with pond is particularly wonderful in the autumn season when changing leaves can be seen. The temple is full of special sights including Fusuma-e (painting on a sliding screen) by Kano Mitsunobu, and the grave of Tanizaki Junichiro only open during special time-limited events.

    This temple is a little off the beaten path, and much less visited than other temples in Kyoto. I appreciated the peace and tranquility, and found the moss-covered thatched roof of the front gate to...

  • 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.

    It was actually pouring down rain the day we went to this flea market but we still had a great time. There were tons of booths with lots of interesting and different things to purchase at a...

  • Shisen-do Jozanji Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujimonguchichou 27
    Located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, this was once the site of a mountain villa built by Edo period literati Ishikawa Jozan for his retirement. It is a nationally designated Historic Site. Today, it is a Soto Buddhist temple that is also called the Jozan-ji. Jozan had the Shisen-do built at the age of 59. For the remaining 30 some years of his life, this great man of letters devoted his time to poetry, calligraphy, and gardening, to the exclusion of even sleeping and eating. The Shisen-do preserves a great number of his works and calligraphy and, in addition to a standing exhibition, the temple a special three day exhibition starting from May 23 each year, the anniversary of Jozan’s death. The temple’s garden was designed by Jozan himself, a renowned gardener, and is particularly famous for its satsuki azaleas in spring and fall foliage in autumn. It is said that the first shishi-odoshi was created here. The shishi-odoshi is a bamboo tube balanced on a pivot which slowly fills with water until it tips over, draining the water and falling back into position with a “plonk” noise. Shishi-odoshi are practical – their sound scares away deer and wild boars that might eat garden plants – but their sound also accentuates the silence of a garden, and it is said Jozan loved the sound they made.

    We were lucky enough to be in Kyoto for the autumn leaves, so chose our sight seeing around this theme. We had come to Enkoji, the temple next door which is also fantastic and a must see, and...

  • Imamiya-jinja Shrine
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    206 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Murasakinoimamiyachou 21
    A Shinto shrine located in Kita Ward, Kyoto City distinguished by its vivid red lacquering. The shrine is also called Tamanokoshi-jinja (the Shrine of the Jeweled Palanquin). The shrine was established to alleviate infectious disease and disasters in downtown Kyoto during the Heian period, and the shrine attracts faithful seeking sound health and long life. Venerable shops selling aburi mochi rice cakes stand in front of the shrine’s East Gate, and it is said eating these wards away disease and evil. The Yasurai Festival, held since the shrine’s founding to ward away infectious disease, is officially designated a national Important Intangible Folk-Cultural Property as the Yasurai-bana, and is held each year on the second Sunday of April.

    Imamiya Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Kita-ku, Kyoto. It is about 10-15 minutes walk from Daitoku-Ji, it is a nice day outing if you plan to group visit the few temples in the Kita-ku...

  • Zuiganzan Enkouji Temple
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    185 Reviews
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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.

    Its a hidden gem. You need to take the metro, a bus and walk for 15-20min to get there. But its worth. Tranquility, serenity.. and very small statues, very cute. They close at 5pm (in July)

  • Hirano-Jinja
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Hiranomiyamotochou 1
    A Shinto shrine located in Kita Ward, Kyoto City. The shrine is said to have been founded in 794 when a deity was moved here close to the palace in accordance with the relocation of the capital ordered by Emperor Kammu. The current main building was built in the Kan-ei period (1624–1644) according to the Hirano-zukuri style and is a nationally designated Important Cultural Property. The front shrine, central and southern gates, and auxiliary shrine are designated Cultural Properties by the Kyoto Prefectural government. The shrine is renowned for its cherry trees and holds a Cherry Blossom Festival on April 10 as well as a concert and reception with cherry blossom tea (fee required).

    Despite the small area, the shrine holds approx. 400 sakura trees with 60 types. It is so impressive to visit the shrine in the full bloom season of sakura as different colour of pink are...

  • Sento Imperial Palace
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    163 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Kyoutogyoen
    This is an old imperial palace when Emperor Go-Mizu-no-O abdicated and retired in the early 17th century. Destroyed by fire in 1854, now only the garden and tearoom remain. The spring cherry blossom and autumn changing leaves are of course wonderful, as are the blooming wisteria of early summer. The Yatsuhashi (zigzag bridge) connecting the south pond to the central island is covered in wisteria trellis, and the sight of it catching the wind is just beautiful. Though same day booking is possible, one should book in advance to be guaranteed entry.

    This palace can be viewed by permit only, booked in advance but free of charge. At the time of my visit they were not taking new bookings because of the coronavirus epidemic, but they were honouring...

  • Hosen-in Temple
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    172 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Oharashourininchou 187
    A Buddhist temple located in Oharashorinin-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. One of the three Tendai Monzeki temples, it stands on the road approaching the Sanzen-in Temple. The temple’s beautiful “framed garden” is powerful and lush, with a 300 year old sal tree and a 700 year old Japanese white pine which has been designated a Natural Monument by the city of Kyoto. Visitors can pass through a tatami room with a view of the white pine and exchange a ticket provided at the grounds entrance to receive a cup of matcha green tea and an original temple confection.

    Enjoyed szopping here...... nice and a bit off the beaten tracck with few visitors and a rather comparable small size

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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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