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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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by / on April 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Temples-Shrines

Our Sunday Afternoon Visit to Chion-in (知恩院)!

Recently we took the time to visit the Gion district in Kyoto. Although we had been there several times before, we never had the opportunity to take video footage of the different sights. After going through the Yasaka shrine and Moriyama Park we found ourselves in front of the majestic gate of Chion-in, looming in front of us impressively. If […]

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by / on April 4, 2011 at 9:44 PM / in Arashiyama, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Arashiyama (Storm Mountain) is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan.

Togetsukyo Bridge: It was a lazy summer day when we visited the famous, picturesque Arashiyama. Although I had been there numerous times before, I always hold a fascination towards it because of its beauty. Undeniably, one of the most famous attractions in Arashiyama is the romantic Togetsukyo Bridge, also known as the Moon Crossing Bridge. This bridge is notable for […]

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