by / on October 16, 2014 at 11:51 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Konpuku-ji: Autumn Nostalgia in Kyoto.

Konpuku-ji and Matsuo Bashō: The Konpuku-ji Temple (金福寺) in Ichijōji, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto City, is one of the many temples in this area that is frequented by autumn lovers. There is another reason though, the famous haiku poet Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, 1644 – 1694), used to have a small cottage here where he received his inspiration for his many poems. […]

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by / on October 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM / in Autumn-Momiji, Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Enkō-ji in Kyoto During the Autumn of 2013!

Autumn in Sakyo-ku: Perhaps one of the most famous seasons of the year for people in Kyoto and, taking in considerations the many foreigners travelling to Kyoto for this event, this is perhaps the grandest event here in Kyoto. A Japanese friend told me they had to book several months in advance to find a hotel room in Kyoto. The […]

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by / on February 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM / in Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at the Heian Shrine in Kyoto!

Setsubun at the Heian shrine: A few days ago, on Monday, February the third, I went to see the annual setsubun festival at the Heian shrine in Kyoto. I had been to Yoshida shrine, Yasaka shrine, Kitano Tenman-gu and Tenryu-ji previously. The inner court of the Heian shrine is quite large. A large perimeter was cordoned of, with the main […]

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by / on April 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM / in Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Hachi Shrine (八神社) in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto!

A few days ago, while visiting the Ginkakuji temple in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, I noticed a large Torii in a side street. When you leave the Silver Pavillion it’s to your right for about 100 meters. It’s very quit there, there is no-one there and the only sound is the birds chirping. The Hachi Shrine (八神社) is situated on a small […]

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by / on April 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM / in Featured, Ginkaku – ji, Kyoto, Kyoto WH, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺) “The Silver Pavilion”!

Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺 “Temple of the Silver Pavilion”), officially named Jishō-ji (慈照寺 “Temple of Shining Mercy”), is a Zen temple in the Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan. This temple has been known as the Higashiyama-den (Higashiyama Palace) of the eight Ashikaga Shogun Yoshimasa. After his death, it was converted into this temple in accordance with his will. The two-storied Kannon-den (観音殿), is the […]

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by / on April 8, 2013 at 6:34 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Featured, Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Okazaki Cherry Blossom Viewing in Kyoto.

Okazaki Cherry Blossom Viewing in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto is very popular with many Kyotoites and foreign visitors. The canal is lined on both sides with cherry trees. You can walk along the canal from Kawabata dori, following Niomon dori until you reach Shirakawa dori and the entrance to Nanzen-ji temple. At the moment there is a traditional water tour, on a […]

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by / on February 12, 2013 at 6:35 PM / in Featured, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Hachidai-jinja and Miyamoto Musashi: Japan’s greatest Swords-man!

While walking in Ichijoji, Kyoto, I came across this famous statue of a swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵)! Miyamoto Musashi is one of Japan’s most iconic and legendary swordsmen, not to mention one of the best. Musashi fought with two swords in the way of the Ni-ten Ichi Ryu, and he was also famous for throwing his swords and sometimes […]

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