Temples-Shrines

by / on June 17, 2011 at 3:06 PM / in Featured, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Climbing Mount Kurama (鞍馬山): 600 Meters of Steep Trails!

Kibune: Start of our adventure: The plan for our visit to the Kibune-Kurama area was to climb mount Kurama from the Kibune side, make our way to Kurama-dera, and then to descend at the Kurama village. The weather was perfect – it was a sunny day in May and it was to be the start of an exciting adventure. Across […]

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by / on June 3, 2011 at 3:38 PM / in Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

The Rose Garden-A Romantic Flower Story!

The Kyoto Botanical Garden (240,000 m²), also known as the Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden, is a major botanical garden with conservatory located next to the Kamo River, Hangi-cho Simogamo, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan. It is open daily; an admission fee is charged. The garden was first established in 1924, fell into disuse in 1946, and was restarted in 1961. As of […]

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by / on June 2, 2011 at 9:41 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Hiking the Kami-Daigo Trail in Kyoto!

Kami-Daigo, hiking to the top: In early May, before the weather became too hot to undertake such an adventure, we set out to climb the holy mountain of Daigo, which is 450 meters above sea level. The sun was shining with a slight breeze in the air, and we were in good spirits. We had made some appetizing home-made sandwiches […]

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by / on April 16, 2011 at 6:51 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Enichisan Tōfuku-ji (東福寺) in Kyoto, Japan. April 2011!

Tōfuku-ji is a Buddhist temple in Higashiyama-ku in Kyoto, Japan. Tōfuku-ji takes its name from two temples in Nara, Tōdai-ji and Kōfuku-ji. It is one of the so-called Kyoto Gozan or “five great Zen temples of Kyoto”. Its honorary sangō prefix is Enichi-san. History Tōfuku-ji was founded in 1236 by the imperial chancellor Kujō Michiie. He appointed the monk Enni […]

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by / on April 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Daigo-ji in During the Cherry Blossom Season!

The Sakura season is one of the major events in Kyoto and the whole of Japan! The weather can still be cold here in Kyoto, rainy too, but it can also be a fine day. Many temples and shrines are open in the evening and have illumination in their compounds, and food stalls abound. It seems like everyone wants to […]

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by / on April 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM / in Nakagyo-ku, Temples-Shrines

Kiya-machi-dori (木屋町 ) and the Takase River at Night in Kyoto!

After visiting Maruyama park in the Gion district we drove towards the Sanjo~Ohashi bridge and then turned into Kiya-machi street. During the sakura season this picturesque street is a real jewel. The whole road is lighted up, there are lanterns, couples are walking in this romantic setting. Restaurants and bars line the street and there is a certain ambiance in […]

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by / on April 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Our Sunday Afternoon Visit to Chion-in (知恩院)!

Recently we took the time to visit the Gion district in Kyoto. Although we had been there several times before, we never had the opportunity to take video footage of the different sights. After going through the Yasaka shrine and Moriyama Park we found ourselves in front of the majestic gate of Chion-in, looming in front of us impressively. If […]

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