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by / on June 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM / in Arashiyama, Daikaku-ji

Ikebana haven: Daikaku-ji Temple!

Daikaku-ji temple was a 9th century detached palace of an emperor and was converted into a temple later. The oldest building of this temple probably dates back to 16th or 17th century. The big temple has excellent shoheki-ga, or fusuma-e paintings of which reproductions you can see in the buildings. The large Osawa-no-ike pond is said to be the oldest […]

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by / on June 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM / in Adashino Nenbutsu

Visiting the dews of Adashino!

Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple! This temple belongs to the Pure Land sect of Buddhism. Its precinct is filled with numerous stone monuments and stone images of Buddhist deities excavated around the temple. Adashino, this area, was a graveyard in old days. “Adashino-no-tsuyu (the dews of Adashino)” has been widely used in Waka poems and others as an expression symbolizing a sense […]

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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 May 3, 2011 at 8:58 PM / in Kofukuji

Kōfuku-ji Temple in Nara, Japan- A Sakura Delight!

During the Sakura season we set out to Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, to explore some of the famous world heritage sites and enjoy the blooming Sakura blossoms. We weren’t disappointed in the photo department – the beautiful Sakura trees mingling among the ancient Japanese buildings provided the perfect backdrop for many spectacular photos. You can approach Kofukuji temple […]

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by / on May 2, 2011 at 2:20 PM / in Toshodaiji

The Famous Tōshōdai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan!

Toshodaiji is a world heritage site and is visited by many national and international tourists alike. It currently owns 17 National Treasures and more than 200 Important Cultural Properties. This temple is far away from the center of Nara – you would need to go by public transport or taxi to get there. It is situated in the country-side and […]

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