Well deserved Unesco registration. Very special, profound atmosphere. Not many tourists, more really devout boudhists visiting, even from other islands of Japan ( my Japanese guide overheard people from Kyushu and Hokkaido were touring while we were there). Boudhist monk gave gentle speech to one of the traveling groups. He was inspiring to watch and listen too, even if I don’t understand enough Japanese to follow the talk. Just the incarnation of goodness. These things are unexplainable unless people are there to see and feel them. And I am not a religious person.
An hour and a half spent in transportation, one way. Decided to do it because I was in Kyoto for 5 days, so, felt like doing something off the beaten path. Had a big surprise: this happens to be the best temple\shrine I have seen. After this, did not feel the need to see other religious interiors: I was satisfied. This is not showy, kitsh. This is deep, profound, spiritual inspiring place. Could not find pictures, because too sacred for pictures to be authorized. I understand, even though I am not religious myself. Even putting religion aside, the place forces respect.
Opinions certainly vary, but, personally, if I visited only two religious interiors in Kyoto, this would be one of the two.
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