by / on June 11, 2014 at 8:38 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Kyoto-Fu, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku, Yawata

Sakura Hotspots in Kyoto: Arashiyama.

Kizu and Katsura Rivers: A little while ago I got myself an off road mountain bike and have used it as part of my exercise routine. One of the goals I had set was to cycle along the Kizu River to Arashiyama. I live very close to this river and it has a nice cycling road along its banks. The […]

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by / on July 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM / in Arashiyama, Otagi Nenbutsu, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

The 1200 Rakan of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji (愛宕念仏寺) in Kyoto!

A few days ago, I went with some friends to Arashiyama, to visit some of the popular shrines and temples. We started off at Tenryu-Ji Temple and the famous Sōgenchi Garden. From there we entered the bamboo groves and made our way to Nonomiya shrine, Jōjakkō-ji Temple, Nison-in Temple, Gio-ji moss garden, past Adashino Nenbutsu-ji until we reached Otagi Nenbutsu […]

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by / on January 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM / in Featured, Kyoto WH, Ninna-ji temple, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Ninna-ji Temple Founded in AD 888 By Emperor Uda!

After visiting Ryoan-ji temple we made our way to the Ninna-ji temple which is a short 20 minutes walk along a scenic road. You could also take a bus or taxi. Like Ryoan-ji, Ninna-ji is a large compound of which the Nio-mon gate is one of the most impressive structure I have seen. It is huge and is flanked by […]

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by / on January 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM / in Featured, Kyoto WH, Ryōan-ji Temple, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Temple of the Mandarin Ducks: Ryōan-ji.

Last year during the autumn season, I visited the Ryōan-ji Temple (龍安寺) in the north of Kyoto. The temple is situated along a mountain range and is in walking distance of the Kinkaku-ji temple. This area of Kyoto is very scenic and attracts a lot of visitors from all over. Unlike Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji is more spacious and a more relaxed […]

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by / on December 15, 2012 at 6:49 PM / in Arashiyama, Hanatouro, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Arashiyama Hanatouro – Flower Lantern Road!

The other night we visited Arashiyama for a spectacular show of lights in the night combined with old Japanese sceneries, held from the ninth of December to the eighteenth of the same month, from 17:00 to 20:30. During this ten day period, various events and exhibitions are held, reviving up the festive atmosphere of the night. Students performers from universities […]

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by / on August 15, 2012 at 4:23 PM / in Cormorant Fishing, Out Of The Box, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Ukai (鵜飼い): Traditional Cormorant Fishing in Arashiyama!

Cormorant fishing (Ukai) began almost 1300 years ago on the Nagare River in Gifu prefecture. Primarily catching ayu, or sweet fish, Ukai is a daily activity for 5 months of the year, and begins late in the evening. Ukai is protected by the Imperial Household Agency; the Ukai fishers on the Nagare River have been given the title of Cormorant […]

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by / on June 23, 2011 at 4:25 PM / in Arashiyama, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Strolling through Sagano’s exquisite neighborhood!

  We set out to this beautiful area of Arashiyama on a nice spring day. Though it had rained for days on end for the announced rainy season, today had let up and the sun was just breaking through. Sagano is a quiet neighborhood in an exclusive part of Kyoto. It’s the ideal place to stroll around and enjoy the […]

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