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by / on April 28, 2011 at 6:04 PM / in Kasuga-taisha, Nara WH

Kasuga-taisha in Nara, Japan!

  Tōrō line and illuminate the Sando! From Nara deer park it’s about a good 30 minute walk to find the entrance to Kasuga Taisha, which is opposite of Todaishi. From there it’s a bit of a walk to get to the main shrine, but the good news is that it’s through a beautiful forest lined with pine trees and […]

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by / on April 16, 2011 at 6:51 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Enichisan Tōfuku-ji (東福寺) in Kyoto, Japan. April 2011!

Tōfuku-ji is a Buddhist temple in Higashiyama-ku in Kyoto, Japan. Tōfuku-ji takes its name from two temples in Nara, Tōdai-ji and Kōfuku-ji. It is one of the so-called Kyoto Gozan or “five great Zen temples of Kyoto”. Its honorary sangō prefix is Enichi-san. History Tōfuku-ji was founded in 1236 by the imperial chancellor Kujō Michiie. He appointed the monk Enni […]

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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 April 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM / in Nakagyo-ku, Temples-Shrines

Kiya-machi-dori (木屋町 ) and the Takase River at Night in Kyoto!

After visiting Maruyama park in the Gion district we drove towards the Sanjo~Ohashi bridge and then turned into Kiya-machi street. During the sakura season this picturesque street is a real jewel. The whole road is lighted up, there are lanterns, couples are walking in this romantic setting. Restaurants and bars line the street and there is a certain ambiance in […]

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by / on April 10, 2011 at 10:55 PM / in Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara WH

Kasuga-taisha Shrine in Nara!

Kasuga Grand Shrine is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nara, in Nara Prefecture, Japan. Established in 768 AD and rebuilt several times over the centuries, it is the shrine of the Fujiwara family. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine. The architectural style Kasuga-zukuri […]

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by / on April 10, 2011 at 8:39 PM / in Nara WH, Toshodaiji Temple

Toshodaiji Temple, Nara April 2011!

Toshodaiji-Temple was founded in 759 A.D. by Ganjin, a priest of the Tang Dynasty, as a place for teaching the Ritsu Sect of Buddhism. Ganjin underwent tremendous hardships in his attempts to visit Japan. After a period of 12 years, in which he failed five times to cross the Japan Sea, he was finally able to land in Japan, though […]

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by / on April 8, 2011 at 10:08 PM / in Places of interest

Sakura-Cherry blossom viewing! Best of the best 2011! Kyoto and Nara

Hanami (lit. “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, “flower” in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms or ume blossoms. From the end of March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan, and around the first of February on the island of Okinawa. The blossom forecast (sakurazensen, literally cherry blossom front) is […]

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