Kyoto WH

by / on February 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM / in Kamigamo Jinja, Kita-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Kamigamo Shrine: A World Heritage Site in Kyoto!

On the day that we went to Kamigamo shrine there happened to be the added bonus of a bustling flea market which comes every Sunday. This added extra ambiance to our visit, as there were lots of people. Being still January, it was cold, and there was some snow on the roofs of the temples. Kamigamo is situated in the […]

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by / on January 31, 2011 at 4:34 PM / in Kinkaku-ji, Kita-ku, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Kinkaku-ji: Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu’s Villa!

Going to Kinkaku-ji recently in late autumn was a feast for the eyes. Although the momiji season was running at its end, there was still beauty in the landscape. After arriving at the parking grounds (huge) we followed the many visitors towards the temple. We entered a walkway bordered of with trees and on our left was a wooden construction […]

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by / on January 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM / in Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Sanbō-in Garden, Temples-Shrines

Sanbō-in Garden in Daigo-ji, Kyoto.

Although it was winter when we visited the garden of Sanbō-in, it was obvious that a warmer climate, such as spring or autumn, would have been a better time to visit. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful and peaceful garden with small nooks and crannies from which to enjoy the calm and serenity of the moment. One can almost imagine what […]

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by / on January 25, 2011 at 10:53 AM / in Byodo - in Temple, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines, Uji City

Byōdō-in Temple in Uji City!

Our Visit to Byōdō-in (平等院) Temple! We visited Byōdō-in (平等院) on a beautiful autumn day – so warm that we didn’t even need our jackets. Byodo-in is located in Uji; a suburb of Kyoto surrounded by several important world heritage sites. Among them are Ujigami-jinya, a world heritage site, and Mimuroto-ji, with its beautiful garden and pagoda.  Off the famous […]

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by / on January 14, 2011 at 10:17 PM / in Kyoto WH, Nijo - jo Castle

Nijō Castle: Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Residence in Kyoto!

History: In 1601, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ordered all the feudal lords in Western Japan to contribute to the construction of Nijō Castle, which was completed during the reign of Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1626. Parts of Fushimi Castle, such as the main tower and the karamon, were moved here in 1625-26.[1] It was built as the […]

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by / on January 14, 2011 at 9:29 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines

Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto!

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺?), officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺?) is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site.[1] (It should not be confused with Kiyomizu-dera in Yasugi, Shimane, which is part of the 33-temple route of the Chūgoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage through western Japan.)

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by / on January 12, 2011 at 12:09 PM / in Featured, Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto WH, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Temple of the Silver Pavilion: Ginkaku-ji!

Ginkaku-ji was built by Ashikaga Yoshimasa (足利 義政, January 20, 1436 – January 27, 1490) as a mountain villa in 1482, Jishoji Temple was later converted into a temple. Officially named Jisho-ji Temple, this temple is a great example of Higashiyama culture. The Ginkaku-ji, or “Silver Pavilion,” with its simple, noble design, is a National Treasure. It is also known as […]

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