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Kyoto Travel - Kiyomizudera Temple (japan-guide)

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Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally "Pure Water Temple") is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect ( 21 days before Published)

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Kyoto Travel - Gion (japan-guide)

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Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. It is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya , where geiko and maiko entertain.

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Kyoto Travel - Philosopher's Path (japan-guide)

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The Philosopher's Path is a pleasant stone path through the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama district. The path follows a canal which is lined by hundreds of cherry trees. Usually in early April these trees explode with color, making this one of the city's most popular hanami spots.

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Kyoto Travel - Kyoto Travel Guide: Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (japan-guide)

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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is one of the most important of several hundred shrines across Japan that are dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and politician who was unfairly exiled by his political rivals. A number of disasters were attributed to Michizane's vengeful spirit after his death in ( 21 days before Published)

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Kyoto Travel - Daitokuji Temple (japan-guide)

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Daitokuji is a large walled temple complex in northern Kyoto and the head temple of the Rinzai sect's Daitokuji school of Japanese Zen Buddhism. The complex consists of nearly two dozen subtemples and is one of the best places in Japan to see a wide variety of Zen gardens and to experience Zen c ( 21 days before Published)

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Kyoto Travel - Kyoto Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival) (japan-guide)

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Gion Matsuri , the festival of Yasaka Shrine, is the most famous festival in Japan. It takes place over the entire month of July. There are many different events, but the grand procession of floats on July 17 is particularly spectacular. Very enjoyable, are also the festive evenings preceding th ( 21 days before Published)

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Kyoto Travel - Suntory Yamazaki Distillery (japan-guide)

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The Suntory Yamazaki Distillery is a whisky distillery in the Yamazaki district near Kyoto. Opened in 1923, the distillery produces Suntory's flagship line of Yamazaki single malt whiskies, which have won many international awards.

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Kyoto Travel - Hozugawa River Cruise (japan-guide)

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Hozugawa River Cruises are sightseeing boat rides down the Hozugawa River from Kameoka to Arashiyama. The cruises utilize traditional style, flat bottomed boats piloted by boatmen who guide the craft with oars and bamboo poles. The boats take about two hours to leisurely make their way down the ( 21 days before Published)

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Kyoto Travel - Yoshiminedera Temple (japan-guide)

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Yoshiminedera is a temple of the Tendai sect of Japanese Buddhism located in Kyoto's western mountains. Similar to Kiyomizudera on the opposite side of town, Yoshiminedera is built along the mountain side and looks out onto Kyoto. The temple grounds are spacious and there are many buildings dist ( 21 days before Published)

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Kyoto Travel - Katsura Imperial Villa (Katsura Rikyu) (japan-guide)

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Katsura Imperial Villa is one of the finest examples of Japanese architecture and garden design. The villa and garden in their present form were completed in 1645 as the residence for the Katsura Family, members of Japan's Imperial Family.

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Kyoto Travel - Arashiyama and Sagano (japan-guide)

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Arashiyama (嵐山) is a pleasant, touristy district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185), when nobles would enjoy its natural setting. Arashiyama is particularly popular during the cherry blossom and fall color seasons.

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Kyoto Travel - Kokedera (Moss Temple) (japan-guide)

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Saihoji , more commonly known as Kokedera , is one of Kyoto's Unesco World Heritage Sites. Entrance to this temple requires a reservation made well in advance by mail.

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Kyoto Travel - Enkoji Temple (japan-guide)

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Enkoji is a temple of the Rinzai Zen Sect, situated in northern Kyoto close to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa. It is famous for its autumn colors which are usually best in late November.

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Kyoto Travel - Manshuin Temple (japan-guide)

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Manshuin is a temple of the Tendai sect of Japanese Buddhism that was established in the 8th century by the revered monk Saicho, the sect's founder. It is located in the Shugakuin area, just one kilometer from the Shugakuin Imperial Villa northeast of Kyoto's city center. The temple is a so call ( 21 days before Published)

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Kyoto Travel - Kibune a forested valley (japan-guide)

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Kibune is a small town in a forested valley in the northern mountains of Kyoto City, which developed around Kifune Shrine. According to legend, a goddess traveled in a boat from Osaka all the way up the river into the mountains north of Kyoto, and Kifune Shrine was built at the site where her bo ( 21 days before Published)