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  • Shimogamo-jinja Shrine
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    922 Reviews
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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.

  • Heian Jingu Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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 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...

  • Kifune-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • Eikando Zenrin-ji
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    1523 Reviews
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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...

  • Kurama-dera Temple
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    320 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.

    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.
  • Miyakomesse
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    27 Reviews
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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。

  • Sanzen-in Monzeki (Sanzen-in Temple)
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    730 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.

    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.

  • Taiho-jinja Shrine
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    52 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shishigatanimiyanomaechou 1
    "This shrine has an extremely rare ""koma nezumi,"" named for the myth found in the Kojiki in which a mouse saved Okuninushi when caught in a scheme and surrounded by wildfire. It receives veneration as a place to improve school marks, relationships, and health without disease."

    It was a beautiful day and we decided to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Strolling the Philosopher's Walk fit the bill perfectly. On the way we happened to note the Otoyo Shrine; it's a little...

  • Kyoto Concert Hall
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    11 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shimogamohangichou 1-26
    This municipal concert hall opened in 1995 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Equipped with the best audio equipment for classical music, there is a pipe organ in its shoebox-style 1,833-seat large hall made by renowned German specialist Johannes Klais Orgelbau GmbH & Co. KG. The 510-seat small hall is made for small orchestras and chamber music. The 12 pillars of the entrance hall and helical smooth slopes make up a refined architecture that is not to be missed.

    It’s one of the architectural gems of Kyoto. To see if you enjoy modern architecture. There is a cafeteria to have a break on a hot day of sightseeing. Nearby there are other interesting modern...

  • Shinshogokuraku-ji Temple (Shin’nyo-do)
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    161 Reviews
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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...

  • Kyoto Botanical Garden
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    1 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.

    京都府立植物園内にあり、疲れた時に休めますが、紅葉の見頃である寒い季節に行ったためかガラガラでした。

  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
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    123 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakienshoujichou
    This art museum inside Okazaki Park in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City first opened its doors in 1963. The museum’s annex, a modern building of glass and gray walls, was completed in 1986. The museum collects and preserves modern art from both within Japan and around the world and boasts a collection of over 12,000 pieces. The museum places particular emphasis on art from Western Japan and the Kansai region with a focus on Kyoto and has a collection of many works from the Kyoto and Kansai art worlds. The museum also displays industrial art pieces. In addition to a permanent exhibit whose contents are changed periodically, the museum also holds special exhibitions. The adjoining authentic Italian café is also popular.

    This Gallery is somewhat difficult to get to, depending where you are staying... save stress catch a taxi but have google map pre-organised as most taxi drivers cannot speak even basic English. Like...

  • Kyoto City Zoo
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    216 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.

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

  • Higashi Tennou Okazaki-jinja Shrine
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    94 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakihigashitennouchou 51
    This is one of the Shinto shrines built under imperial orders of Emperor Kanmu to protect the imperial palace during the relocation of the capital, Heiankyo, in 794. The enshrined deities Susano-no-Mikoto and Kushinada-Hime-no-Mikoto were blessed with many children, so many believers visit the shrine to pray for conception and safe child delivery.  Since there are wild rabbits inhabiting the land around the shrine, it is said that the messenger of the enshrined deity is also a rabbit and there are cute images of rabbits all around including child conception rabbits, guardian rabbits and beckoning rabbits.

    Quirky small rabbit temple that’s actually a hidden gem - worth a look if nearby. Shrine has rabbit theme everywhere! Cool place.

  • Kurodani,  Konkai-Komyoji Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kurodanichou 121
    A Jyodo Buddhist temple located in the Kurodani-cho area of Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. The temple is popularly known as Kurodani-san. It is also one of the seven head temples of the Jyodo sect and one of the four located in Kyoto. The temple is comprised of 18 sub temple buildings in addition to primary buildings such as the Amitabha Hall, Miei-do Hall, and three-story pagoda. The pagoda, a designated Important Cultural Property, was built in 1634 to memorialize Tokugawa Hidetada. The grounds also host a memorial pillar of the third shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu’s mother, Ogoh erected by Iemitsu’s wet nurse Lady Kasuga. Highlights include temple treasures such as the Image of Amitabha Crossing the Mountains and Image of Hell and the Pure Land, Important Cultural Properties, as well as a wooden figure of the thousand armed Kannon.
  • Mt. Hiei
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture/Shiga Prefecture
    This mountain's highest peak is 848 meters high, and spans Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture to Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture. You can pay to go to Hiei Sancho Station using the Keifuku Electric Railway Eizan Ropeway. In addition, many tourists go to the Garden Museum Hiei art museum and other facilities. At Eizan Cable's Cable Hiei Station, the Hiei Yama Beer Garden is held every year around August.
  • Shisen-do Jozanji Temple
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    210 Reviews
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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.

    I went a bit overboard, and went to a lot more temples than I should have. Some stood out, some didn't, and some of them felt kinda superfluous compared to the others. This fits the last one. It's a...

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