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Part 2 - Kyoto

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9 May - Saturday. Nij? Castle. Nij? Castle. Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden. Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden. Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden. Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden. Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden. Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden. McDonald. 10 May - Sunday.

Wake up at 6:30am. Shrines and temples closing so early we decided to plan our visits earlier. – nicolas

Sanj?sangen-d? Sanjusangen-dō Coordinates: History[edit] Taira no Kiyomori completed the temple under order of Emperor Go-Shirakawa in 1164.

We had the chance to see part of a traditionnal wedding there. – nicolas
Incredible temple with its 1001 Kannon statues. – nicolas

The temple complex suffered a fire in 1249 and only the main hall was rebuilt in 1266.


In January, the temple has an event known as the Rite of the Willow (柳枝のお加持), where worshippers are touched on the head with a sacred willow branch to cure and prevent headaches. Important features[edit] Sanj?sangen-d? Sanj?sangen-d? Sanj?sangen-d? Chawan-Zaka.

A lot of people praying there on the week-end. Nice building and a very impressive graveyard. – nicolas

Chawan-Zaka. Kiyomizu-Dera. Kiyomizu-dera circa 1909 History[edit] Kiyomizu-dera was founded in the early Heian period.[2] The temple was founded in 798, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633, ordered by the Tokugawa Iemitsu.[3] There is not a single nail used in the entire structure.

Very different from other temples you can find in Kyoto. A must see ! – nicolas

It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills (got its name from the waterfall).


Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water.[4][5] Kiyomizu-Dera. Kiyomizu-Dera. Kiyomizu-Dera. Kiyomizu-Dera. Kiyomizu-Dera. Ryozen Kannon. Concrete statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara.

We did not pay to see this concrete statue – nicolas

The Ryōzen Kannon (霊山観音?)

Ryozen Kannon

Is a war memorial commemorating the War dead of the Pacific war located in Eastern Kyoto.[1] The concrete and steel statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara (Kannon) was built by Hirosuke Ishikawa and unveiled on 8 June 1955. The statue is 24 m (80 ft) high and weighs approximately 500 tons. Memorial to the Unknown Soldier of World War II. Yasaka Shrine. Yasaka Shrine Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka-jinja?)

Nice temple, nothing special exept two beautiful gaishas. – nicolas

, once called Gion Shrine (祇園神社, Gion-jinja?)

Yasaka Shrine

, is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto, Japan. Situated at the east end of Shijō-dōri (Fourth Avenue), the shrine includes several buildings, including gates, a main hall and a stage. History[edit] Pagoda of Yasaka 1910 Initial construction on the Shrine began in 656. Yasaka Shrine. Yasaka Shrine. Yasaka Shrine. Yasaka Shrine. Yasaka Shrine. Gion. Coordinates: 35°00′13″N 135°46′30″E / 35.003496°N 135.775051°E / 35.003496; 135.775051 Gion (祇園?


, ぎおん[note 1]) is a district of Kyoto, Japan, originally developed in the Middle Ages, in front of Yasaka Shrine. The district was built to accommodate the needs of travelers and visitors to the shrine. It eventually evolved to become one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha districts in all of Japan. The geisha in the Gion district (and Kyoto generally) does not refer to themselves as geisha; instead, Gion geisha use the local term geiko. Divisions[edit] This neighborhood in Kyoto has two hanamachi (geiko communities): Gion Kōbu (祇園甲部) and Gion Higashi (祇園東), which split many years ago; Kōbu is larger, occupying most of the district, while Higashi is smaller and occupies the northeast corner, centered around its rehearsal hall.

A typical kaiseki restaurant in Gion Part of this district has been declared a national historical preservation district. Entertainment[edit] Teahouses[edit] Gion restaurant. Chion-in. Chion-in's main hall "Mieido" (御影堂) Chion-in (知恩院, Chion-in?)

Huge gate and temple buildings are impressive as well. – nicolas

In Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan is the headquarters of the Jōdo-shū (Pure Land Sect) founded by Hōnen (1133–1212), who proclaimed that sentient beings are reborn in Amida Buddha's Western Paradise (Pure Land) by reciting the nembutsu, Amida Buddha's name.


Chion-in. Chion-in. Chion-in. Chion-in. Chion-in. Heian-jingu Shrine. Heian Shrine Torii Gate,Kyoto,Japan The Heian Shrine (平安神宮, Heian-jingū?)

Impressive garden, don't hesitate to follow guides and groups around. – nicolas

Is a Shinto shrine located in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan.

Heian-jingu Shrine

The Shrine is ranked as a Beppyou Jinja (the top rank for shrines) by the Association of Shinto Shrines. It is listed as an important cultural property of Japan. Heian-jingu Shrine. Heian-jingu Shrine. Heian-jingu Shrine. Heian-jingu Shrine Garden. Heian-jingu Shrine Garden. Heian-jingu Shrine Garden. Heian-jingu Shrine Garden. Heian-jingu Shrine Garden. Philosopher's Path. In summer Map.

Philosopher's Path

Philosopher's Path. Philosopher's Path. Ginkaku-ji. Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺?

Very nice garden but a very touristic place – nicolas

, lit.


"Temple of the Silver Pavilion"), officially named Jishō-ji (慈照寺? , lit. "Temple of Shining Mercy"), is a Zen temple in the Sakyo ward of Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the constructions that represent the Higashiyama Culture of Muromachi period. Ashikaga Yoshimasa initiated plans for creating a retirement villa and gardens as early as 1460;[1] and after his death, Yoshimasa would arrange for this property to become a Zen temple.[2] The temple is today associated with the Shokoku-ji branch of Rinzai Zen. Ginkaku-ji. Ginkaku-ji. Ginkaku-ji. Ginkaku-ji. Ginkaku-ji. Ginkaku-ji. Ginkaku-ji. Ginkaku-ji. Ginkaku-ji. Ginkaku-ji. Philosopher's Path.

Nanzen-ji. The Hōjō (one of Japan's National Treasures) The sanmon, the main gate of Nanzen-ji Hattō.


Nanzen-ji. Nanzen-ji. Back to the delicious sushi restaurant. Pig & Whistle.

Took a pint in an Irish Bar. Classic ! :) – nicolas

Pig & Whistle. 11 May - Monday. Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Since early Japan Inari was seen as the patron of business, and merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshipped Inari.

Very very impressive. Go early on the morning and enjoy a peaceful walk. Around 10 km walk but definitely worth it. – nicolas

Each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha is donated by a Japanese business. First and foremost, though, Inari is the god of rice. This popular shrine is said to have as many as 32,000 sub-shrines (bunsha (分社?)) Throughout Japan.[2] History[edit] A torii tunnel path through the mountain. Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Nishi Honganji. Nishi Hongan-ji (西本願寺, Nishi Hongan-ji?)

Two very big and beautiful temples. – nicolas

"Western Temple of the Original Vow" is one of two temple complexes of Jōdo Shinshū in Kyoto, Japan, the other being Higashi Hongan-ji, or "Eastern Temple of the Original Vow". Jōdo Shinshū is a school of Pure Land Buddhism, and today Nishi Hongan-ji serves as the head temple of the Jōdo Shinshū organization.[1] As with many sites in Kyoto, they have more casual names, and are known affectionately in Kyoto as Onissan (お西さん?

, Dear Mr. West) and Ohigashisan (お東さん? , Dear Mr. History[edit] Nishi Honganji was established in 1602 by the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Temple precinct[edit] Nishi Honganji. Shinkansen. Lineup of JR East Shinkansen trains, October 2012 Lineup of JR West Shinkansen trains, October 2008 The Shinkansen (新幹線? , new trunk line) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies. Starting with the Tōkaidō Shinkansen (515.4 km) in 1964,[1] the network has expanded to currently consist of 2,387.7 km (1,483.6 mi) of lines with maximum speeds of 240–320 km/h (150–200 mph), 283.5 km (176.2 mi) of Mini-shinkansen lines with a maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph), and 10.3 km (6.4 mi) of spur lines with Shinkansen services.[2] The network presently links most major cities on the islands of Honshu and Kyushu, with construction of a link to the northern island of Hokkaido underway.

The maximum operating speed is 320 km/h (200 mph) (on a 387.5 km section of the Tōhoku Shinkansen).[3] Test runs have reached 443 km/h (275 mph) for conventional rail in 1996, and up to a world record 581 km/h (361 mph) for maglev trainsets in 2003. History[edit] Shinkansen. Shinjuku, Tokyo. Shinjuku (新宿区, Shinjuku-ku? , "New Lodge") is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. It is a major commercial and administrative centre, housing the busiest train station in the world (Shinjuku Station) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the administration centre for the government of Tokyo. As of 2008, the ward has an estimated population of 312,418 and a population density of 17,140 people per km². Shinjuku. Shinjuku. Good restaurant.

Not the duck one. The other one with japanese characters. Very good. – nicolas

Hotel Unizo. Sushi restaurant.

Very nice place with very good sushi. Quite cheap (1500 JPY per person). In front of the unizo. – nicolas

Sushi restaurant. Sushi restaurant. Nij? Castle. Nijō Castle (二条城, Nijō-jō?)

As every kyoto castle, the gates close quite early (around 5pm) but also open very early. Wake up early if you want to see a lot of castles and shrines. – nicolas
Very nice castle with nice garden and indoor visit. It was a good place to start discovering kyoto. – nicolas

Is a flatland castle located in Kyoto, Japan. The castle consists of two concentric rings (Kuruwa) of fortifications, the Ninomaru Palace, the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several gardens. The surface area of the castle is 275,000 square meters, of which 8000 square meters is occupied by buildings. It is one of the seventeen assets of Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. History[edit] Present plan of Nijō Castle (click for detailed view) In 1601, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ordered all the feudal lords in Western Japan to contribute to the construction of Nijō Castle, which was completed during the reign of Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1626. The central keep, or Tenshu, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground in 1750. Nij? Castle. Nij? Castle.

Shinkansen. Shinkansen. Kyoto. Kyoto. Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden.

Kyoto could be a nice city to visit by bycicle... Could have saved us a lot of time, but we didn't think about it after seeing the Tokyo crowd. – nicolas

Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden. Test. Test.