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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 June 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM / in Arashiyama, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines, Tenryu-ji, Tenryū-ji, Ukyō-ku

Tenryū-ji Temple in Sagano, Kyoto

Tenryū-ji Temple is in the middle of Sagano/Arashiyama which is one of the most popular areas among visitors to Kyoto. The Tenryū-ji Temple , a Zen Buddhist temple, has an excellent Chisen-Kaiyu-Shiki (pond-stroll) garden that was laid out by a garden designer of genius, Muso Soseki (Muso Kokushi, or the Most Reverend Priest Muso, 1275-1351). Sogen-chi pond and Ishigumi (arranged rocks) in […]

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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 June 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM / in Aoi Matsuri, Kamigamo Jinja, Matsuri-Festival, Shimogamo Jinja

Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) in the Old Heian Capital of Japan, Kyoto!

In the festival’s parade, ladies dressed in the ceremonial court robes and men in traditional costumes ride on ox carriages decorated with wisteria leaves (normally used by noblemen in the Heian period). There are 36 horses, 4 oxen, 2 ox carriages, 1 mikoshi ,and over 500 people forming the Imperial procession, making it one of the most elaborate and colorful […]

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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 March 30, 2011 at 8:49 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Daigo-ji Temple, A World Heritage Site in Kyoto!

We decided to go there during winter so that it would be easy to take pictures. There were few visitors, and because the leaves had fallen off the trees, we could see the different temples easier. From walking through its beautiful gardens it’s easy to note that during the Cherry Blossom and the momiji season, this garden is of immense […]

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by / on February 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM / in Featured, Kyoto WH, Sakyō-ku, Shimogamo Jinja, Temples-Shrines

Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto: Founded in the 6th Century!

We visited Shimogamo Shrine on the same day as we did Kamigamo, since they both had festivals and are twin temples. The shrine is situated slightly more down towards the city in a beautiful forest with majestic trees that would make you think it would be an enjoyable place to visit in the summer. There is a torii leading to […]

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