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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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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 …

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Kennin-Ji Temple

Oldest Zen temple in Kyoto I really like this temple. It is in a prime location in Higashiyama Ward, pretty close to Gion (the most bustling Geisha district) and to the central area of Kyoto. On top of that, this temple is relatively quieter than nearby crowded sightseeing spots like Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kodai-ji Temple, Yasaka …