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If you're going to Sanjusangendo or even Kiyomizu-dera, take a small detour to Imakumano Shrine. In suburbia, no tour buses (yay), very quiet. The collection of Buddhist legend themed artwork under glass in the grounds is beautiful. It's not a massive shrine, so a visit...More
Visited on New Years Day because it was a close walk from our hotel and there is no admission fee.
The shrine was busy (but not crowded) with locals paying their new year's visit to the local shrine.
I highly recommend making a short stop...More
Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the
mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.