Religious Sites in Kyoto

Religious Sites in Kyoto, Japan

Religious Sites in Kyoto

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  • Ren
    Arkansas19 contributions
    The place is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The street packed with food stalls and souvenir stores on the way to the shrine was especially nice. The trip to the summit can be a little grueling if you’re not in shape, but the lack of people makes it the perfect place to get good pictures.
    Written July 23, 2022
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  • Brittany B
    Shinjuku, Japan141 contributions
    We were lucky enough to go on a week day when there were very few people at the temple. Kinkakuji is incredible. The landscape and the temple are well worth the visit, and I'd consider them to be a must-see in Japan!
    Written July 7, 2022
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  • Kai C
    Half Moon Bay, CA1,025 contributions
    Worthwhile visit. The temple was bult for a retired emperor seeeking to find himself among the thousand boddhisatvas. The venue consists of a huge hall with the golden buddhas, a beautiful main statue, and impressive, high quality renditions of guardian spirits (gods of thunder, wind, music war etc) in the front row. I recommend getting the official calligraphy seal (only Y300) from the officials at the front.
    Written August 2, 2022
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  • 磯野波平
    Kochi, Japan123 contributions
    37度もある暑い日で流石に梅小路から清水寺までバスで行く気力が無いためタクシーに乗って行きました。
    田舎から来た親子と分かって、タクシー運転手さんからの車窓やナビを使って観光ガイドをしてもらい、車内では楽しい会話。清水寺の駐車場まで約十数分程度、1,800円程度。そこから階段を上って清水寺に行きました。
    バスなら安いが時間が3倍以上掛かってしまいます。
    清水寺では、ちょうど千日詣り(本堂内々陣特別拝観)が催されており、観音さまを間近に拝め、お札も頂いて帰って来ました。
    予定には無い催しにラッキー。
    清水の舞台では涼しい風が吹き抜けいい気持ちです。
    息子と二人で来られて最高です。
    音羽の瀧ではお不動様にお参りしお水を汲み、お願いをしました。
    どの水を汲んでも同じと書いてありました。
    それにしても暑い日でフラフラでした。
    地方に住んでいるので人生で4度目の訪問。
    次は季節の良い春か秋に来よう!

    I'm not good at English, but I want to introduce the good points of Kyoto, so I'll use Google to translate. I'm sorry if I'm wrong.

    It was a hot day of 37 degrees, and I didn't have the energy to take the bus from Umekoji to Kiyomizu-dera, so I took a taxi.
    When I learned that they were from the countryside, the taxi driver gave me sightseeing information using the car window and navigation, and I had a fun conversation in the car. About 10 minutes to Kiyomizu-dera parking lot, about 1,800 yen. From there, go up the stairs to Kiyomizudera.
    Buses are cheaper, but take more than three times as long.
    At Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sennichi-mairi was held, and I was able to worship Kannon up close and bring back amulets.
    Lucky for an unplanned event.
    A cool breeze blows through the stage in Kiyomizu, and it feels good.
    It's great to be here with my son.
    At Otowa Falls, we visited Fudo-sama, drew water, and made a wish.
    It was written that it is the same no matter what kind of water is drawn.
    Even so, it was a hot day and I felt dizzy.
    I live in the countryside so this is my 4th visit in my life.
    Next time, let's come in spring or autumn, when the season is good!
    This is a must-visit place when you come to Kyoto.
    Although it is too famous and crowded, it is definitely a recommended tourist spot.
    Written August 14, 2022
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  • Kwakaku
    Sakai, Japan2,025 contributions
    I have seen the Tsuten-kyo Bridge for countless times in the end-title roll of the samurai drama, Oniheihankacho. Knowing the bridge was always crowded, I have hesitated to visit it especially when its maple leaves turned scarlet. The declaration of the state of emergency has been raised. I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and dared to visit Tofuku-ji Temple, to which the Tsuten-kyo Bridge belongs, on my way between the Rakuyo 33 Kannon Pilgrimage #21 Hosho-ji Temple and #20 Yokihi Kannon-do Hall of Sen'yu-ji Temple.
    Fortunately, the bridge wasn't so much crowded as I had been afraid that it would be. Unfortunately, its maple leaves weren't at their best yet.
    Written November 21, 2021
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  • Guillaume A
    Shizuoka, Japan481 contributions
    This shrine is particularly very popular during the momijis season in fall. The colors are so bright, the garden,the pond, little waterfall... beautiful setting.
    Written November 28, 2021
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,783 contributions
    Ginkakuji Temple was one of many I saw while touring around Kyoto. I was here in September and had the temple to myself. There is an entrance fee for this temple but it's well worth a visit. I loved the gardens here. There was a small pathway through the forest with nice views of the temple. You can get great photos near the pond of the temple. I really would love to see this temple around fall time. Ginkakuji Temple is a must.
    Written September 25, 2021
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  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy561 contributions
    Who doesn’t know the famous pagoda of Toji, in the former capital of Japan? Okay, at the first glance the temple itself is nothing special, it’s not as assaulted by tourists as other Kyoto temples, but surely worths the visit. Don’t miss the street markets around it, in which you can find everything you might be looking for!
    Written June 30, 2021
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,783 contributions
    I stopped at Ninna-ji Temple on my way to Kinkakuji. There are two sections to this complex a paid section and free section. I honestly wouldn't recommend paying the ¥500 for the paid portion as the free portion is more interesting. The grounds are beautiful and the pagoda was very impressive. The main gate to enter the temple complex was massive. I wouldn't say this is amongst my favorites in Kyoto, but it is well worth a visit especially if you are in the area headed toward Kinkakuji.
    Written October 1, 2021
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  • Erkki N
    Finland872 contributions
    This temple, supposed to be one of the oldest in Kyoto, turned out to be more than I expected. It has a beautiful karesansui garden with a gate on background and a famous hall with quite recently painted fantastic picture of twin dragons. I also enjoyed the layout beyond the entrance fee area, the many gates and bridges over ponds, all perfectly aligned, leading to the main hall gate and its field of gravel. Many temples have their outer gates quite far away from the ones visitors really see or pass through, but here the layout was rather clear and the overall picture emerged as one big harmonious entity. Highly recommended temple, especially since there are many other attractions quite close, so an average Kyoto visitor is likely to be in the vicinity, ready for this excursion.
    Written August 9, 2020
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  • jarmwr40
    British Columbia, Canada3,125 contributions
    came to beloved kyoto to visit our wonderful friend after hiking the kumano kodo trail.
    our 6th visit to japan, our third exploration of kyoto.
    lucky us to have our japanese friend who was raised in kyoto to be our guide of her favourite temples.
    this was the first temple we toured, had been here before, it is simply stunning in size.
    dark, stately, quiet, gentle, subdued.
    built in 1291 and destroyed by fire x 3 and last rebuilt in 1597.
    a large complex.
    the schoolchildren in their uniforms traipsing home added to the atmosphere.
    maples just starting to turn colors.
    this zen buddhist temple is known for its sanmon gate and rock gardens of the hojo, the abbots quarters.
    the aqueduct is so unique.
    opposite the marvellous westin miyako and near the philosophers walk.
    i was so fortunate to have a return visit here, most likely our last trip to japan.
    we were here in oct. 2019 and once covid hit its taken me this long to share our experiences.
    a must see of the many, many temples in wonderful kyoto.
    Written February 11, 2021
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  • Damien M
    Perth, Australia54 contributions
    We loved the garden around Sanzen-in Temple.

    Beautiful water features. Moss gardens and stone statues were outstanding. So much to photograph...

    There were restaurants and stores leading up to the Temple. Well worth the trip to Ohara, just to see Sanzen-in.
    Written November 6, 2019
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  • Jonathan Sexton
    Sneads Ferry, NC284 contributions
    This temple is at the end of the bamboo forest and is just stunning. The pond and garden around it is a great picture opportunity. Fortunately not many people were there when we went on our trip.
    Written September 10, 2021
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  • Lance Kerwin
    Tromso, Norway614 contributions
    this temple is located in a beautiful part of Higashiyama Ward.
    It sits atop a slight hill. Kodai-ji is a jewel of Momoyama Period architecture.

    Getting there:
    Kodaiji is located in the Higashiyama District between Yasaka Shrine & Kiyomizudera. It is a 5-10 minute walk from Higashiyama Yasui bus stop.
    Written January 12, 2021
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  • Kylie M
    Melbourne, Australia41 contributions
    lovely buildings and gardens to walk around, history of these places is amazing. Very tranquil and so clean.
    Written January 13, 2021
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