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Kyoto Imperial Palace – Kyoto, Japan

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Kyoto Imperial Palace

(81)  75.211.1215

www.sankan.kunaicho.go.jp

Open Hours:
9:00-16:30    Daily

Sort of an easy one in Kyoto, the magestic residence of Japan’s Imperial Family until 1868, it immediately went through a Meiji Restoration in 1869. From the impressive gates of cypress-wood, throughout the entire complex you will be awed as you are in most of Kyoto.

 

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Shōren-in – Kyoto, Japan

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Shōren-in

(81)  75.561.2345

www.shorenin.com

Open Hours:
9:00-17:00    Daily  special evenings open for light show

Wwith four gardens connecting it’s buildings, Shōren-in is a marvelous temple, of the Buddhism Tendai sect, dating from the 12th century.  An easy visit, being only five minute walk from Higashiyama, it’s small shrine and a expansive bamboo grove would be a shame to miss.

Inside the temples Kacho-den room, the screens are adorned with Fusuma paintings of lotus flowers by the artist Kimura Hideki; while above hang  36 framed portraits and poems from 36 seperate poets.  Behind th Kacho-den room is the tearoom with view over the Soami-no-niwa Garden.  During the cold months, this is the most delightful place to enjoy a hot drink and a sweet while absorbing the beauty of the garden.

 

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Drawing room.There are Fusuma Paintings of lotus flowers by Kimura Hideki
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Ninna-ji – Kyoto, Japan

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Ninna-ji

(81)  75.461.1155

www.ninnaji.or.jp

Open Hours:
9:00-16:30    Daily

Ninna-ji was originally built in the year 886-888 by Emperors Kōkō  and Uda as the head temple of the Omuro School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.  However, none of the buildings from the temple’s foundation in the 9th century still survive.  The oldest buildings date back to the beginning of the Edo Period in the early 1600s.  The Kannon Hall, the Niomon front gate, the Chumon inner gate and the five storied pagoda are standouts among the temples..

Worth note is the Goten.  The former residence of the head priest, in the southwestern corner of the temple complex.    Here sliding doors (fusuma) provide a broad open view to the beautiful stones and pond.

If you are in season, look for the grove of locally Omuro Cherries!

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17th century, five-story pagoda
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