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Temples & Shrines

Byodo-in

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Every traveler in Japan must have had the Byodo-in in his hands at least once, without paying attention. For this magnificent building in Uji, a small town in Kansai, simply decorates the back of ¥10 coins. Built in 998, at first the Byodo-in … Read more

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Namba Yasaka-jinja

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Osaka is not generally thought of when prioritizing temples visits. Her neighbor Kyoto, which hosts several thousands of them, rather plays this role of the traditional flagship for the whole Kansai area, if not Japan altogether. However, the concrete metropolis hides some … Read more

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Heian Jingu

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Tourists in Kyoto may not know Heian by its name, but many have at least passed before his most famous landmark: a 25-meters high vermilion torii gate located along Okazaki Canal, a few steps away from the main entrance. Located north-east … Read more

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Kodai-ji momiji light-up

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Among the many temples in Kyoto, I never had the opportunity to visit Kodai-ji. This was corrected during my last trip to Japan, not only because our rental house was located only a few steps away, but also because Kodaiji … Read more

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Tofuku-ji

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Let’s continue our tour of Kyoto temples with Tofuku-ji, mainly famous for its autumn colors. Beyond its koyo leaves, which you can particularly admire around the Tsutenkyo part, the large complex remains a reference of Zen Buddhism in Japan, with several distinct areas. … Read more

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Adashino Nenbutsuji

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Many travelers organize their visit of Arashiyama around Togetsukyo bridge, and to its south with Iwatayama (the monkey mountain) or north into the shopping area and the bamboo forest. Going back further in Sagano in just half an hour walk, you … Read more

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Kamo shrines in Kyoto: Kamigamo and Shimogamo

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Let’s continue our tour of the temples and shrines worth visiting in Kyoto, with the Shinto Kamo set of two shrines: Kamigamo (upper) and Shimogamo (lower), two kilometers away. Located north of Kyoto, on the verge of the Kamogawa River, … Read more

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