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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

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Kyoto: Arashiyama and the Tenryuji Temple

Arashiyama is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto and it really is worth a visit. We took a train from the central Kyoto station to get there and in just three short stops we arrived in Arashiyama, which is known for its bridge, several temples and a famous bamboo groves. First, we walked… Continue reading Kyoto: Arashiyama and the Tenryuji Temple

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Kyoto: Yasui Konpiragu Shrine and relationships

This little shrine is tucked away in Gion and we just found it by coincidence. It is just outside the grounds of Kenninji Temple. At this shrine, you break with undesirable things – either an unwanted partner, or just some plain bad luck. You do this at this interesting looking monument. It is actually made… Continue reading Kyoto: Yasui Konpiragu Shrine and relationships

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Kyoto: Yasaka Shrine

On our way back to our hotel in Southern Higashiyama we walked passed the Yasaka Shrine, which is located between the Gion District and Higashiyama District. It is considered the guardian shrine of Gion. The present buildings are from 1654. The granite toori was erected in 1666 and stands 9.5m high, making it one of… Continue reading Kyoto: Yasaka Shrine

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Kyoto: Kodaiji Temple

After our stroll through the Higashiyama district we visit Kodaiji, which is a temple that was established in 1605 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of Japan's greatest historical figures, by Hideyoshi's wife Nene, who is also enshrined at the temple. Kodaiji is a Buddhism temple. Its main buildings were constructed in the lavish style of… Continue reading Kyoto: Kodaiji Temple

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Kyoto: Higashiyama and Senbei rice crackers

After visiting the Kyomizudera Temple we walked through the Higashiyama District. This is one of the city's best preserved historic districts. It is a great place to wander through narrow langes, with wooden buildings and traditional merchant shops. It feels a little of how Kyoto must have been many years ago. The shops and restaurants… Continue reading Kyoto: Higashiyama and Senbei rice crackers