This is the head temple of the Japanese zen, Shokoku-ji sect temples. Since it’s in a quiet residential area away from the downtown, you can take your time to visit. It’s especially famous for the “crying dragon” that is on the ceiling of the temple’s lecture hall. It is said that if you clap your […]
This spot is representative of Kurama, the area called “Kyoto’s inner parlor.” Rare for a Kyoto shrine or temple, you can take a cable car from the temple gate to the grounds. This space has a feeling of holiness throughout it, possibly due to the legend that the Kurama kappa spirit lives here. On the […]
Jishu Shrine sits inside the grounds of Kiyomizudera, which is Kyoto’s most famous spot for successful relationship. There is a legend that if you close your eyes and cross through the space between the two stones called the fortune-tellers, then your love will come true. There are love charms that come in a set for […]
Shouren-in temple, in Higashiyama, is near the downtown areas of Kawaramachi and Gion, so it’s recommended to drop by during sightseeing. On the temple grounds is a Japanese garden complete with a pond and a path around it. Every year from March to May and October to December only, the grounds are lit up beautifully in the evening.
Nanzen Temple is the head temple of the southern faction of the Rinzai school of Buddhism. With its large triple gate welcoming worshippers and its splendid temple building, it’s one of the many temples in Kyoto filled with modest charm. Its biggest charm is the Suirokaku Aqueduct that sits quietly in the Japanese landscape. It was […]
Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺, lit. “Temple of the Silver Pavilion”), officially named Jishō-ji (慈照寺, lit. “Temple of Shining Mercy”), is a Zen temple in the Sakyo ward of Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the constructions that represents the Higashiyama Culture of the Muromachi period. History Ashikaga Yoshimasa initiated plans for creating a retirement villa and gardens as early as 1460; and after his death, Yoshimasa would arrange for […]
Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺, literally “Temple of the Golden Pavilion”), officially named Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺, literally “Deer Garden Temple”), is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually. It is designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape, and it is one of 17 locations making up the Historic […]