Ide-cho, Local Gems — February 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Taka-jinja: One of the One Hundred Famous Views of Kyoto!

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A Few days ago I visited Taka-jinja. Right at the entrance there is a horse statue with a crest on its side. I don’t know the meaning of it though. As you go up the steep stairs (there are quite a few) you reach the main temple area. I was quite surprised to still find an original new-years celebratory dragon made out of bamboo!
They say the forest in which Taka jinja Shrine is located has been chosen as one of the “Kyoto Hyakkei” (One Hundred Famous Views of Kyoto). The shrine sits quietly deep within the forest. It is said to have been moved to its present spot in 731 by Minister of the Left Tachibana no Moroe. The main shrine was built during the Momoyama Period. This charmingly decorated building is of a striking Momoyama-style design. The nearby Minamitani River is famous for its sakura trees!

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  1. I love Kyoto. The food, people, crultue & historical building there are “authentic” as like you go back to ancient time of Nippon! I love that ice cream too! If not wrong it”s made of toufu !

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