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Kyoto Travel Guide

Kyoto Travel Guide

The ancient Imperial Capital of Japan is one of the few places that is a must on almost any itinerary. With a wealth of temples, shrines and Nijō Castle (二条城 Nijō-jō, built by the former Tokugawa shogunate), Kyōto has enough to keep a temple- and history-freak occupied for a week or more. Nearby...
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Located in central Honshū, Kyoto Prefecture (京都府 Kyōto-fu) is bounded by Fukui, Shiga and Mie prefectures on the east, Nara Prefecture on the south, and Hyōgo and Ōsaka prefectures on the west. It faces the Sea of Japan to the north. The prefecture is divided roughly into two parts, north and...
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Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺), the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, formally known as Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺 “Deer Garden Temple”), is located in Kyōto’s Kita Ward and belongs to the Shōkokuji (相国寺) branch of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. Kinkakuji is built on the site of an estate of the aristocrat Saionji no...
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Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺), the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, formally known as Jishō-ji (慈照寺, “Temple of Shining Mercy”), is located in Kyōto’s Sakyō Ward and belongs to the Shōkokuji (相国寺) branch of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. Ginkakuji stands on the site of an abandoned Tendai monastery, the...
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Kiyomizudera (清水寺 "Clear Water Temple") is a temple of the Hossō sect of Buddhism. It is located on a high hill in the Higashiyama Ward of Kyoto. Officially called Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺), it was founded around 788 by the monk Enchin with the support of Sakanoue no Tamuramaro (758-811)...
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The Ryoanji Temple (竜安寺 or 龍安寺, Ryōan-ji, “Temple of the Peaceful Dragon”) is a temple in the Ukyō Ward of Kyoto, belonging to the Myōshinji branch of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. It is most famous for its rock garden in the karesansui (枯山水, “dry landscape”) style. Among its patrons were the...
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Nanzenji (南禅寺 Nanzen-ji), formally known by its mountain name Zuiryūsan Nanzen-ji (瑞龍山南禅寺), is a Buddhist temple of the Rinzai school located in northern Higashiyama, Kyōto. It is one of the most eminent Rinzai temples and the headquarters of the Nanzen school. The site was originally the...
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The Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art (京都市京セラ美術館) is located in Okazaki, Sakyu Ward of Kyōto and was founded in 1933 as the Kyōto Enthronement Memorial Museum of Art. The building was designed by the Japanese architect Maeda Kenjirō (前田健二郎, 1892-1975) and is held in the imperial crown style (帝冠様式...
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