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Kyoto: Nishiki Market and pickled vegetables

Nishiki Market is a narrow, five block long shopping street (conveniently covered for the rain - given that we were not so lucky with the weather) lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. It known as 'Kyoto's Kitchen' and our guide book said 'f it can be eaten, it can be found here'… Continue reading Kyoto: Nishiki Market and pickled vegetables

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Kyoto: Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

One of Kyoto's highlights is the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. The pavilion was built in 1408 and has burned down numerous times throughout its history including 1950 when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was rebuilt in 1955.… Continue reading Kyoto: Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

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Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine

This is the most amazing shrine I've visited in Japan so far, it is very beautiful with fox statues and thousands of red torii gates lining the hills. It is one of the oldest (founded in 711 AD) and most revered Shinto shrines, and dedicated to Inari, the god of rice, sake, and prosperity. While… Continue reading Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Kyoto: Gioji Temple in Arashiyama

This is a very unusual temple - it is more like a secret garden. It is a little bit tucked away and might not be THE temple to visit according to your guide book, but it is very unusual with the moss garden, quiet and peaceful. The temple is named for Gio, a dancer from… Continue reading Kyoto: Gioji Temple in Arashiyama

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Kyoto: Jojakkoji Temple in Arashiyama

Arashiyama is known for its large numbers of shrines and temples and one can probably spend days exploring those. So we had to limit ourselves and just select a few to visit. After the Tenrujii Temple we decided to go and see a quieter temple, the Jojakkoji Temple. It's mostly known for its view over… Continue reading Kyoto: Jojakkoji Temple in Arashiyama

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Kyoto: Bamboo Path in Arashiyama

The Arashiyama Bamboo Path is a 500 meter pathway through the Sagano Bamboo Forest between Nonomiyajinja shrine and Tenryuji temple in Kyoto. It's one of the most pleasant nature spots in the city and a fantastic place to take great pictures - but I ran out of luck. On the day we visited the bamboo… Continue reading Kyoto: Bamboo Path in Arashiyama