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Maruman

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My Favorite Sushi Restaurant in the Heart of Kyoto In Kyoto, there are two Sushi restaurants which I love the most – one is Azuma Sushi and the other one is Maruman. Maruman is conveniently situated near the crossing of Shijo Street and Kawaramachi Street – one of the busiest intersections in Kyoto. It is …

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Pontako Sakura

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A Secret Retreat in Bustling “Pontocho” Alley Pontocho is a narrow alley running parallel to Kamo River between Shijo and Sanjo Streets. It is one of the most popular places among those who are visiting Kyoto. The alley is usually packed with tourists strolling from north to south, and south to north, especially after the …

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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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Heian Jingu Shrine

The Biggest Torii Gate in Kyoto “Oo-Torii Gate” of Heian Jingu Shrine is a landmark of Kyoto. It is a huge gate, 79 ft tall x 59 ft wide, standing approx. 1,000 ft away from the entrance of the shrine. I am always excited to walk by this vermillion color painted gate towards the shrine. …

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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 …