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Getting Closer to Japanese Culture in Kyoto

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Kyoto is one big city in Japan. Kyoto (京都市 Kyōto-shi) is a city located on Honshu Island, Japan. Kyoto has many relics or historical sites and is the capital of Kyoto Prefecture. Many fun activities for tourists in Kyoto’s old town, including traditional tours and city tours. In this city, tourists can try to experience the culture of Japanese people more closely. Here are some places to visit for your holiday to be more memorable and enjoyable.

1. Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is a Shinto shrine located in Fushimi, Kyoto, Japan. The temple is a central temple for around 40,000 Inari shrines that glorify Inari. The main temple (Honden) is located at the foot of Mount Inari, and the shrine’s land includes a mountain of 233 meters. At this shrine, Ukanomitama was glorified with his companion, Satahiko no Okami, Omiyanome no Okami, Tanaka no Okami, and Shi no Okami (四 大神). Inari is believed to be the god of agriculture, so the temple is believed to bring a blessing to harvest crops, a success in business trade, and safety in the field of transportation. Fushimi Inari Shrine is in the temple level according to Jinmyōchō (list of temple names) published with Engishiki. In addition, the temple is in a group of Seven top temples from the list of 22 main temples (Nijūnisha). In the old system of the Shinto shrine, the temple is one of the official Japanese government-funded Kampeisha shrines. The main shrine is now built in 1499 after the old building was burned down during the onin war. The main hall of the temple is designated as an important cultural heritage. Since the 17th century, the Fushimi Inari Shrine has a tradition of building torii. About 10,000 Torii which is lined up in Mount Inari is the result of people’s contributions. Among them, the Senbon Torii (one thousand Torii row) has become a tourism object.

2. Arashiyama

A district in the western suburbs of Kyoto is very popular among foreign and local tourists. There is a Togetsu bridge, trolley train and Hozigawa River for rafting and the most hits of course the bamboo forest are the views are very extraordinary. Every December, Arashiyama Hanatoro is held, where Watanabe Bridge and the footpath in the bamboo forest is illuminated with lamps. Additionally, there are also shrines that can be visited at night “Nison-in “ and “Jojakko-ji .” This is why many tourists usually visit twice here to feel the different views in day and night.

3. Gion

Not the only geisha district left in Japan, but Gion, a collection of streets determined by old wooden buildings, tea shops and exclusive Japanese restaurants, is by far the most famous. Spend a hour wandering around the areas and chances are you’ll see a glimpse of a geisha or two people walking through a tea house with intricate zori sandals and beautiful kimonos. Many of their distractions, you will probably see Japanese tourists who love to stalk their cameras as well. Not that Gion is just about geisha. Every July, their charm is hindered by the Gion Matsuri, a festival that attracts more than a million visitors to the festival’s life procession, and traditional music performances.

4. Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower is one of Kyoto’s most renowned landmarks among famous attractions like Kiyomizudera Temple, Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion Temple and Ginkakuji Silver Pavilion Temple. The easy access only Five minutes walk from the front of Kyoto station makes Kyoto Tower always filled with local and foreign tourists. Kyoto Station is a hub for more than a dozen train lines, hotels, malls, shopping centers, museums, police stations, bus terminals, and city government offices in one roof building. With a length of over 600 meters and 15 floors of buildings, there is certainly a lot we can see in this central station of Kyoto. Kyoto Station serves more than 239 million passengers annually, and connects Tokaido Shinkansen line, Biwako line to Shiga Prefecture, JR Kyoto Line, JR Sagano Line to Arashiyama, Nara Railway, Kintetsu Kyoto Line, and subway line Karasuma. From this place we can see the beauty of the city of Kyoto as well as check the tourism objects that are to be visited in Kyoto.

5. Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizudera Temple (Holy Water temple) is a UNESCO world cultural heritage and is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto and Japan. Kiyomizudera temple was discovered in 780 near Otowa Springs in the east side of Kyoto city. And that’s where the temple gets its name. The temple is very close to the Nara Buddhist. After being a UNESCO world cultural heritage since 1994, Kiyomizudera is visited by many tourists. The magnificent temple building located on a hill, surrounded by a beautiful garden makes Kiyomizudera almost always go into the list of itineraries of the tourists in Kyoto. Located on a mountain that is covered trees in the east of Kyoto city, Kiyomizudera temple is magnificent. You can reach Kiyomizudera temple by climbing a narrow uphill road, filled with shops along the way. Kiyomizudera Temple was built in 1633 without using a nail. The quality of wood and the construction technique of Kiyomizudera temple is what makes this shrine stand dashing in height. We can see the beauty of the whole room of the temple, view the city of Kyoto in the distance, or enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. This place is a favorite tourist attraction for Japanese people and also foreign tourists.

6. Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji is a noteworthy structure manufactured ignoring a huge lake, and is the main structure left of Yoshimitsu’s previous retirement complex. It has torched various occasions since its commencement including twice during the Onin War, a common war that devastated a lot of Kyoto; and by and by more as of late in 1950 when it was determined to fire by a fan priest. The present structure was modified in 1955.

Kinkakuji was worked to resound the luxurious Kitayama culture that created in the well off blue-blooded circles of Kyoto during Yoshimitsu’s occasions. Each floor speaks to an alternate style of design.

The principal floor is worked in the Shinden style utilized for royal residence structures during the Heian Time frame, and with its normal wood columns and white mortar dividers differentiates yet supplements the plated upper accounts of the structure. Statues of the Shaka Buddha (authentic Buddha) and Yoshimitsu are put away in the primary floor. In spite of the fact that it is unimaginable to expect to enter the structure, the statues can be seen from over the lake on the off chance that you look carefully, as the front windows of the principal floor are generally kept open.

The subsequent floor is worked in the Bukke style utilized in samurai habitations, and has its outside totally canvassed in gold leaf. Inside is a situated Kannon Bodhisattva encompassed by statues of the Four Brilliant Lords; in any case, the statues are not appeared to people in general. At long last, the third and highest floor is worked in the style of a Chinese Zen Corridor, is overlaid all around, and is topped with a brilliant phoenix.

Subsequent to survey Kinkakuji from over the lake, guests go by the head minister’s previous living quarters (hojo) which are known for their painted sliding entryways (fusuma), yet are not open to people in general. The way indeed goes by Kinkakuji from behind then leads through the sanctuary’s nurseries which have held their unique plan from Yoshimitsu’s days. The nurseries hold a couple of different spots of enthusiasm including Anmintaku Lake that is said to never evaporate, and statues that individuals toss coins at for karma.

Proceeding through the nursery takes you to the Sekkatei Teahouse, added to Kinkakuji during the Edo Time frame, before you leave the paid sanctuary zone.


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