Kamigamo-Jinja Shrine is the oldest Shinto shrine in Kyoto. It was built in the 7th century, during the Heian period. The shrine, along with nearby Shimogamo Jinja, were favorites of the Imperial Court and remain two of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. The formal name for Kamigamo Shrine is Kamo-Wake-Ikazuchi-no-kami. The name comes from […]
Enkoji Temple is on of my favorite temples to go to in the autumn leaves season (koyo).
Kinkaku-ji temple, the temple of the Golden pavillion, is one of Japan’s most treasured temples. Its unique architecture, gold-plated exterior and careful placement on the edge of a meticulously laid out, pine studded pond make it a must-see temple in Kyoto. It is designated as a National Special Landscape, a National Special Historic Site and […]
Ryoan-ji Temple is one of the most famous temples in Japan. It is known for its unique Zen rock garden. Visitors come from around the world to sit and absorb the stillness of the garden from the veranda of the Hojo, or abbot’s residence. The rectangular garden is fenced on three sides with earthen walls, […]
Byodo-In is unique. It is revered in Japan, so much that it appears on the back of the ten yen coin. The ho-o, or phoenix, from it’s roof, appears on the back of the 10,000 yen bank note. It is a National Treasure, and is on the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. The […]
The Zen garden at Tenryu-ji Temple is one of the most peaceful places in Kyoto’s 17 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. If you find yourself feeling “templed out” after a whirlwind tour of Kyoto’s temples, plan to a stop at this garden to watch the Japanese carp (koi) slowly drift across the pond between precisely […]
When you first see the huge Niomon Gate on the hill above the Omuro-Ninna-ji train station, you get a sense for the grandeur of Ninna-ji Temple. Giant wooden temple guards stand on either side of the gate. As you pass through the gate, you see ancient temple buildings and gardens set in front of beautiful mountain […]
Daigo-ji Temple is on one of the largest temple properties in Kyoto. It is a beautiful place with many temple buildings spread across a mountainside. These are connected by walking trails through the trees. It is famous for its 5-story pagoda, its large weeping Japanese cherry trees (shidaresakura), wide variety of flowers, and long, peaceful […]