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Places to See

Kodai-Ji Temple

A Must-Visit Place in Kyoto Kodai-ji Temple is one of the very popular spots in Kyoto. So, it is usually crowded with lots of tourists. But if you visit there early in the morning, you can enjoy the rustic tranquility of the temple. This temple was founded by Nene (or Kitano-Mandokoro), wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi …

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Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple

Gorgeous Temple near JR Kyoto Station Nishi-Hongan-ji (West Hongan-ji) is the head temple of Hongan-ji school for Jodo-Shin Buddhist sect. There is another Hongan-ji in Kyoto, called “Higashi-Honganji” (= East Hongan-ji) which will be featured in separate article. Both of these have the same root – “Hongan-ji”. Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple is also about 15 min. walk …

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Mikane Shrine

God of MONEY Mikane Shrine is a very very small shrine located north of Nishinotoin St. near Oike St. It is not spectacular nor gorgeous at all as a sightseeing spot, but I do like this shrine because of its miraculous power to make prayers’ wishes come true. And vast majority of the wishes granted …

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Places to See

Ginkaku-ji Temple (Silver Pavilion)

“Silver Pavilion” does not look Silver Ginkaku-ji Temple (Silver Pavilion) is a sister temple of Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), and both temples belong to Shokoku-ji Temple which is the head temple for Shokoku-ji school of Rinzai Buddhist sect. Although the temple is called Silver Pavilion, no Silver is used on the exterior walls of the …

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Where to Eat



Retro Style Japanese Bar Izakaya This is one of the most popular Izakaya’s in town. The ambiance is more like an old Japanese style bar, but the foods and beverages they serve are of Japanese Izakaya. I love this place, and whenever I sit on a retro (old) bar stool there I feel like I …