Myoan-ji Temple

Myoan-ji Temple, Kyoto

Myoan-ji Temple
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Neighborhood: Southern Kyoto
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.

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Chris L
Mountain View, CA155 contributions
Mossy little gem overshadowed by nearby showboats
Oct 2019
If this temple was in your town, it would be the pride of the city, but in Kyoto, city of temples, if feels rather average. Don't be so harsh, step inside and enjoy the mossy grounds.
Written October 20, 2019
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Paul S
Sydney, Australia93 contributions
Myaon - Ji - Fuke Shakuhachi
Oct 2016 • Friends
I enjoyed visiting many Temples while in Kyoto, and as a Shakuhachi Zen Flute player I was especially looking forward to visiting the Myoan -Ji Fuke sub Temple which is part of the larger Tofuku-Ji Temple comlex with its beautiful rock gardens. The Myoan -Ji Fuke sub temple is small with a large rock just inside the gate with an inscription on it.. suizen ( blowing zen ) as in meditation blowing zen on Shakuhachi. The temple was founded by the Komuso monks who played the Zen Shakuhaci Bamboo flute during the Edo period 1615 to 1868.. interesting history to much to go into. You need special permission to go inside the actual temple rooms. There are a number of graves of former shakuhachi players in the temple grounds. Although to the average tourist this might not be as interesting as some other temples , it had a lot of meaning to me as a Shakuhachi player when you know the history.
Written October 25, 2016
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