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Koryu-Ji Temple

The Oldest Temple in Kyoto I think this temple is usually quiet throughout the year. Maybe the reason is that the temple has not proactively advertised itself to the public – they do not even has their own website… Actually, that is why I love this temple. It is always nice to see fewer people …

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Nanzen-Ji Temple

The highest ranked Zen Temple Nanzen-ji is the head temple of Nanzen-ji school of Rinzai Buddhist sect. It was formerly a detached palace called “Zenrin-ji-dono” built by Cloistered Emperor Kameyama in 1264. In 1291, Zenrin-ji-dono changed its name to “Ryoansan-Zenrin-Zen-ji” and began serving as a Zen Buddhist temple. Later in 1308, name of the temple …

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Seimei Jinja Shrine

Shrine of Onmyodo Master “Abe-no-Seimei” This shrine is dedicated to Abe-no-Seimei (920 – 1005) who was a great master of “Onmyodo”. Onmyodo is known as a Japanese esoteric cosmology, which is based on Chinese Yin Yang and Wu Xing (Five Elements) principles introduced into Japan in 6th century. It evolved uniquely in Japan and became …

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Goou-Jinja Shrine

God of Legs/Lower Back Goou Jinja Shrine is located kitty corner to Hamaguri-Gomon gate of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. It is also called “Wild Boar Shrine”, famous for a miraculous power of healing sore legs and lower back. You can see statues of wild boars enshrined in the precinct. On every 21st of the month, …

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Shosei-En Garden

Beautiful Japanese Garden near JR Kyoto Station This beautiful Japanese garden is a hidden gem in Kyoto. It is an enclave of Higashi-Honganji Temple. Many people know about Higashi-Honganji Temple – because it is so popular – and they visit there, but majority of them do not even know the temple has a huge detached …

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Rokkaku-Do Hall

Hexagonal Roof – profound in meaning… Official name of this temple is “Choho-ji”, located in a convenient area close to the famous Nishiki Market, a narrow alley market right in the central shopping district. People call the temple “Rokkaku-do” Hall, because the shape of the tiled roof is hexagonal (“Rokkaku” = hexagon in English). If …