Marvelous vermilion torii gates

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Kyoto Gozan Okuribi 京都五山送り火

Daimonji Yaki, also commonly known as Daimonji Gozan Okuribi, is a festival that forms part of the Obon celebrations in Kyoto. Enormous bonfires are set alight on five mountains in Kyoto in the shape of Chinese characters and other symbols to help guide our ancestors back to the spiritual world after Obon. It is believed […]

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Silver Pavilion (Ginkakuji Temple) 慈照寺(銀閣寺)

Walk the Philosopher’s Path at this Kyoto temple that proves all that glitters truly isn’t gold. The brother temple to Kyoto’s famous Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), the Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku-ji) doesn’t actually have any silver applied to its exterior. It’s precisely this lack of adornment that makes it special. In its understated elegance, Ginkaku-ji embodies the Japanese […]

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Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji (àŠtŽ›, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto. Whose top two floors are entirely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. According to his will, it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji […]

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Fushimi-Inari Hike

The hike to the summit of 233m Mt. Inari-san, and the pilgrimage circle around the shrines near the top is one of Kyoto’s most interesting short walks. It’s also the best way to see all of the Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine. Time: about 3 hours Distance: about 5km Difficulty: moderate Start point: Fushimi-Inari Station on the Keihan Line or Inari Station on the […]

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9 Day of June – dripping

Otowa Waterfall – Kiyomizudera is located in Higashiyama, a hilly district in eastern Kyoto with lots of temples and shrines, as well as amazing views of traditional buildings and shops and restaurants. The Otowa Waterfall, the site of the temple’s construction, is located at the base of Kiyomizudera’s main hall.

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