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  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 1-294
    A famous Buddhist temple located in Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. The temple is said to have been started when the priest Enchin enshrined a thousand-armed statue of Kannon above the Otowa Waterfall in 778. The main temple nave enshrines a standing figure of an eleven-faced Kannon and is built in the elegant Shinden-zukuri style. The Kiyomizu Stage jutting out over the Cliffside offers a sweeping view of the streets of Kyoto and blooming cherry trees, verdant plant life, or autumn foliage depending on the season, making it a popular photo spot. The three channeled Otowa Waterfall is said to provide benefits such as long life and people line up to drink its waters. Bustling with students on a school excursion as well as tourists both domestic and international, the Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of Kyoto’s most popular tourist sites.

    Honestly the part I enjoyed the most was the sight of the city, the place surrounded by mountains have a feeling of mysticism that is amazing,

  • Yasaka-jinja Shrine (Gion Shrine)
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    1557 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 625
    Popularly known as Gion Shrine, this Shinto shrine is the head shrine of all 3,000 some Gion shrines in Japan. The main shrine building, a designated Important Cultural Property, is actually comprised of the separate shrine sanctuary and worship hall combined under one roof in an architectural style called Gion-zukuri. The shrine’s famed Gion Matsuri festival in summer got its start as a ceremony to pray for the end of a great plague in 869. From New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day, the shrine is visited by a great many worshippers come to perform the “okera-mairi” ceremony. The ceremony involves lighting a lucky rope from sacred fire of burning “okera” (Atractylodes japonica) roots to bring the fire home and start one’s first home fire of the new year, thus bringing good luck for the rest of the year. The Ota-sha Shrahige-jinja Shrine located on the grounds of Yasaka Shrine is believed to provide grant divine favor to those seeking to improve in the performing arts and, as such, the shrine is visited by Gion geisha and maiko.

    Yasaka Shrine was a Shinto shrine in Gion district and it included several buildings, gates, a stage and main hall. It was initially constructed in 656 and from 1981 onwardes, it was officially...

  • Yasui Konpiragu Shrine
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Shimobentenchou 70
    A Shinto shrine located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City popularly known as Yasui no Konpira-san. Fujiwara no Kamatari established the shrine during the reign of Emperor Tenchi. He planted purple wisterias and named it Fuji-dera (the Temple of Wisteria) in prayer for the prosperity of his clan and the perpetuation of his descendants. The shrine is principally dedicated to Emperor Sutoku, who excised all desire from himself and became a monk in the Konpiragu in the former Sanuki Province; accordingly, the temple has attracted faithful seeking to excise all bad attachments and make good ones since ancient times. It is believed that spouses and couples who have a good relationship and come here will not see their relationships ended but rather find them growing deeper.

    This shrine is home to a stone that is thought to bind good relationships tighter or sever bad ones. To take advantage of the stones powers, purchase a special piece of paper from the counter next...

  • Chion-in temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Rinkachou 400
    This Buddhist temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City is the head temple of the Jodo Pure-land Buddhist Sect. It was founded on the grounds where Pure-land Sect founder Honen built a thatched hut and passed away. After his death the Tokugawa family expanded the grounds and began construction of what would be the large-scale temple. National Treasures of Japan on the ground include the Miedo Hall and the three main gates before the temple while the Karamon gate and the great bellower have been designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan. A definite point to see are the three two-story wooden gates before the temple, which are the largest in Japan. * The Miedo Hall is closed for repair until 2020.

    知恩院阿弥陀堂は、三門をくぐり坂を上って境内の左側にあります。阿弥陀如来座像が安置されています。阿弥陀堂の前にわかりやすい説明プレートがありました。

  • Sennyu-ji Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Sennyujiyamanouchichou 27
    Located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, this is the head temple of the Shingon Sennyu-ji sect of Buddhism. The temple’s principle object of worship are figures of Gautama Buddha, Amitabha, and Maitreya. The temple is said to have been founded in the Heian period (794–1185) but the real foundations were laid in the Kamakura period (1185–1333) by the priest Gachirin Daishi (Shungyo). The tombs of successive generations of emperors such as Emperor Go-Horikawa and Emperor Shijo can be found on the grounds. Long affiliated with the imperial family, the temple is also nicknamed “Mitera” (the August Temple). Famous for being part of the Seven Gods of Fortune Pilgrimage conduct each year on Coming of Age Day, it is said one can bring home luck itself by acquiring a bamboo branch decorated with tags showing it was carried to each of the temples in the pilgrimage.

    11/23に訪れました。御在所の名が示すとおり、皇室ゆかりの建物です。ここのお庭は広さこそ大きくありませんが、紅葉が見事でした。

  • Tofuku-ji Temple
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    1773 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-778
    Construction of this large temple was begun in 1236 by the regent Kujo Michiie, who wanted to enshrine Kyoto’s largest monastery. The construction ultimately took 19 years to complete. The temple’s spacious grounds are home to such highlights as Japan’s oldest main temple gate (a designated National Treasure), and a toilet constructed in the Zen style as well as a temple nave decorated with a painting of a dragon on its ceiling (both Important Cultural Properties). Four gardens are distributed to the east, west, north, and south sides of the grounds, and each offers charming but different scenery. The northern garden in particular, with its checkerboard of moss and stones, is a must-see.

    Tofukuji temple is a zen sect temple in Kyoto. It is superb place to visit during Spring and Autumn viewing.

  • Kodai-ji Zen Temple
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    1460 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji Shimogawara-machi 526
    This temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City was founded in 1606 to pray for Toyotomi Hideyoshi's happiness in the next life by his wife, Nene. Along with a mausoleum for the both of them, you can also visit the front gate of former Fushimi castle, the Kasatei teahouse, the Shiguretei teahouse, the Kaisando hall which holds favorite mementos of the two, and the Mizukidai pavilion (all of which are Important Cultural Properties of Japan). The fine gold lacquer work on the Buddha dais and miniature shrine within the mausoleum are masterpieces of Momoyama-period artwork and known as Kodai-ji Temple Makie. The garden on site surrounding a small pond is not to be missed and has been nationally designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty as well as a Historic Site. It is lit up during the sakura cherry blossom season in spring, at night in summer, during the gorgeous foliage season in fall, and on New Year's Eve.

    Spent the afternoon here while on the World Tea Tours - Tea Tour of Japan 2019. Enjoyed an introduction to the temple as well as a private tea ceremony all while wearing Kimono. A delight.

  • Rokuharamitsuji Temple
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    Founded by the priest Kuya in 951, this is temple 17 of the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage (33 temples in the Kinki area containing a statue of Avalokitesvara). The temple possesses a large number of wooden sculptures that represent the Kamakura period including the standing image of Juichimenkannon (eleven-faced Kannon), the temple’s gohonzon or principal object of worship which is designated as a National Treasure, and a standing image of Kuya (an Important Cultural Property). In recent years its Kaien Suimei omikuji fortune slips have been popular as slips of good fortune are more often drawn than not.

    「六波羅蜜寺」とは知らなくても学生さんは「六波羅探題」の名を歴史の授業で聞いたことがあるのでは。 私たちもそんな軽い気持ちで訪れてみました。 宝物館には、教科書で見たことのある「空也上人像」があります。実物を見るとまるでここにいる人のように見えてしまい、圧倒されてしまいました。「南無阿弥陀仏」と唱えた言葉がそのまま像になってしまったという、その姿に息をのんでしまいました。 その他の像も素晴らしいも...

  • Kenninji Temple
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    5 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Yamato Daicho Route Shijo Shimo Le Komatsu Town
    A Rinzai Sect Buddhist temple located in Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture and the oldest Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Erected thanks to funds donated by the Shogun Minamoto no Yoriie in 1202, the temple was founded by the priest Eisai and was modeled after Song China’s holy Mt. Bozhang. The temple is famous for its Image of Raijin and Fujin, a National Treasure created by famed painter Tawaraya Sotatsu, as well as its numerous other sliding screen paintings and treasures designated Important Cultural Properties. The temple is also well known for the beauty of its Japanese gardens, including a dry landscape garden containing a delicate arrangement of white sand, moss, and boulders. The imperial envoy gate contains arrow marks and is built with a gabled roof. The abbot’s chamber, moved here from the Ankoku-ji Temple in old Aki Province, and the Image of Paired Dragons, 108 tatami mats in size and painted on ceiling of the lecture hall in 2002, are both must-sees.

    栄西禅師の墓所としても知られ「龍虎図」や「松鶴波図」など江戸時代の障壁画が飾られていました。 美しく描かれた動物たちは今にも動き出しそう!襖絵を見れただけでもよかったなぁ。

  • Toyokuni-jinja Shrine
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    58 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Yamato-dori-dori Front Chayamachi 530
    This is a Shinto shrine in the Higashiyama district dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Abandoned with the fall of Toyotomi and the orders of the House of Tokugawa, it was nevertheless rebuilt later under the imperial command of Emperor Meiji. The karamon gate, a remnant of Fushimi Castle, represents Momoyama culture and is designated a National Treasure. There are also several Important Cultural Properties on display including Hideyoshi’s six-legged Chinese-style chest stored in the shrine sanctuary.

    豊臣秀吉を祀る神社です。明治13年に現在地に移築されました。境内には秀吉像などがありました。訪れた時、参道にいろんなお店があり、なにかと思うと「おもしろ市」というものでした。アンティーク雑貨や、竹細工のお店など。親しみやすい雰囲気でした。

  • Kyoto National Museum
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Chayachou 527
    A museum located in the Chaya-cho neighborhood of Higashiyama Ward which first opened in 1897 as the Imperial Museum of Kyoto. The museum changed to its current name in 1952. Visitors can enjoy viewing the museum’s collection of masterpieces and historic objects, including National Treasures, such as paintings, carvings, writings, and swords. The museum also holds special exhibitions.
  • Awata Shrine
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    25 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Awataguchikajichou 1
    A historic Shinto shrine believed to have been founded in 876. Dedicated to Susanoo no Mikoto, the shrine is said to provide protection from calamity and safe travels. The Awata Matsuri festival held each October is comprised of the Oide Matsuri held two days before Sports Day, the Yowatari ceremony held the day before, the Shinkosai festival and Kankosai festival held the day of, and the Reidaisai festival held on the 15th.

    This is a pleasant little neighborhood shrine near in the Westin Hotel on Sanjo. In a city with at least 1200 temples and shrines this one is not remarkable. It is most famous for its festival held...

  • Yasaka Koshindo Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kinenchou 390
    Inside are colorful “kukuri saru.” Kukuri saru are charms of monkeys with their hands and feet tied, and warn people not to rush towards what they want. If one controls himself against their desire and then prays to the kukuri saru, their wish will be granted. In addition, on the six Koshin days of the year there is “konnyaku dak,” cooked konnyaku (paste made from starch of arum roots). It is said that if one faces north and silently eats three kukuri saru-shaped konnyaku, they will live with sound health.
  • Gojo-zaka
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu · Gojo Bridge east
    Gojo-zaka is renowned as the birthplace of Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, one of Kyoto's hallmark traditional industries, in league with Nishijin Textile and the Kyo-yuzen dyeing technique. Gojo-zaka refers to the area from Yamato-oji Street to Kiyomizu-zaka Slope. In summer the Kyoto Gojo-zaka Pottery Festival is a sign of the season. Featuring over 400 pottery dealers, it's always bustling with visitors during that period.
  • Geisha & Maiko Experience Shop Maica
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shi Higashiyama Ward Shijo Shimo Le Miyagawa Muscle 4-297
    Here visitors can rent kimono for maiko apprentice geisha at this shop in Miyagawa Town, the geisha quarter in Kyoto City’s Higashiyama Ward where real maiko and geisha walk the streets. Choose a kimono in a pattern appropriate to the season and your tastes after which experienced staff will do your makeup and dress you appropriately. In addition to a commemorative photo shoot, you can also stroll about town in your kimono. Visitors can also enjoy tours and photo shoots in famous locations provided by shop staff. The shop also offers a variety of plans, including the oiran, samurai, geiko, and couple’s plans.
  • Yasaka Hall Gion Corner
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 570-2 Inside the Yakinikan
    Here you can enjoy seven of Japan's traditional arts in the space of about an hour including Kyomai traditional Kyoto dance, Kyogen comedy theater, Gagaku traditional court music, Bunraku puppet theater, koto music, tea ceremony, and ikebana flower arranging. It is located inside the Yasaka Hall in Gion, Kyoto City, nearby the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo theater. In the lobby you'll find pictures of annual festivals held in ''Kyoto Gokagai (five districts)'' (Gion Kobu, Miyagawa-cho, Ponto-cho, Kamishichiken, Gion Higashi) as well as a Maiko gallery showing the ornamental flower pins worn by the Maiko, their hairstyles, and other small items. This is a famous place for seeing the character of Japan and is popular amongst students on school trips and foreign visitors. It is a five-minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station on the Keihan Line.

    1hr of all-round performance show to cover main varieties of Kyoto traditional leisure/entertainment activities. My 7yo son was able to sit through it all but was a bit bored by the end. Ticket is...

  • Shogunzuka Seiryu-den Temple
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    154 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Yamashina-ku Zushiokukachouchou 28
    When Emperor Kanmu embarked on the transfer of the capital to Heian-kyo, he buried a 2.5-meter tall clay statue of a shogun to protect the capital in a mound and prayed for the capital’s security, which is the origin of the name Shogunzuka. The okutono of the Daigomado’s Seiryuden which was built in 2014 enshrines the National Treasure Aofudo, and in front of this is an elaborate reproduction which has been created for worship. On the premises is a large observatory made of wood that is 4.6 times the size of Kiyomizudera Temple’s platform which allows visitors to enjoy a large panoramic view of Kyoto’s cityscape.

    Went early morning, and it was amazing! Nobody was there, and I could enjoy a silent view of the city. But what amazed me was being the only one sitting in front of the VERY beautiful painting of Ao...

  • Sohonzan Chishakuin Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Higashiojishichijou Shitaru Higashikawara Town, 964
    Located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, this is the head temple of the Shingon Chisan sect of Buddhism. The full name of the temple is the Iobuzan Negoro-ji Chishakuin Temple. The temple was originally located on Mt. Negoro in the former Kii Province, but it was burned down by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and later rebuilt by head priest Genyu in Higashiyama. The temple stores and protects a number of Momoyama period sliding door paintings, including the Hasegawa Tohaku school Image of Cherries and Image of Maples, which are designated National Treasures. The temple’s garden, a designated Place of Scenic Beauty, is said to have been a favorite of tea ceremony master Sen no Rikyu and is a rare extant example of an early artificial hill and pond-style garden. Visited by a great number of people each year, the garden is particularly beautiful from the end of May to the end of June when the azalea’s come in bloom.

    I finally wanted to see what was behind the wall with the wooden barrier on what seemed the main gate. I walked to the side street and found a wonderful complex of two temples. Quiet and right in...

  • Unryu-in Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Sennyujiyamanouchichou 36
    A Shingon Sennyu-ji Buddhist temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City that was erected at the request of Emperor Go-Kogon in the Nanboku-cho period. Due to its deep connection to the imperial household, it has been given the high status as a special head temple despite also being a sub temple located within the Sennyu-ji Temple. The Colored Paper Windows in the Renge-no-Ma are actually glass windows placed within four paper sliding doors; many visitors enjoy the Japanese atmosphere of the garden as viewed through these windows. Other windows in the building such as the Window of Bewilderment and the Window of Enlightenment carry Buddhist themes. Each year on the second Monday of January (Coming of Age Day, a running figure of Mahakala normally kept in the kitchen is moved to the main temple hall for the Senzan Shichifukujin-meguri (Seven Gods of Fortune Pilgrimage).

    We hoofed up the hill from Tofuku-ji, and by now we were completely alone. There wasnt anyone at the desk where you could pay to get in. By this point in the day, we were starting to feel nickled...

  • Jishu-jinja Shrine
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 1-317
    A Shinto shrine located just to the north of the main sanctuary in the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto that is popular with young women and couples due to its dedication to a god of marriage. There are two love fortune-telling stones located 10 meters apart from each other on the grounds and it is said one will achieve true love if one is able to reach one stone from the other while your eyes are closed. The main shrine, front shrine, and main gate are nationally designated Important Cultural Properties. In 1994, due to certain historical details, it was registered as part of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple under the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site. The temple is also home to the famous Jishu Cherry, so beautiful it is said Emperor Saga turned his carriage around three times to view it again and also seen as the origin of the Japanese people’s love of cherry blossoms.

    This is the best! I have been there 8 years ago and my wish came true.Thank God! I visited there again and the staff are nice. Atmosphere is good! you must try the Love stone :P

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