Japan 2017: Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

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. –Japan Guide Continue reading Japan 2017: Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

Japan 2017: Ginkaku-ji / The Silver Pavilion + Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto

Ginkaku-ji Temple, a Zen temple, was established in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth Muromachi Shogunate. Yoshimasa built Villa Higashiyama den to spend his retired life. Continue reading Japan 2017: Ginkaku-ji / The Silver Pavilion + Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto

Japan 2017: Kinkaku-ji / The Golden Pavilion, Kyoto

Kinkaku is a shariden, a Buddhist Hall containing relics of Buddha. The pavilion is part of a temple that is formally named Rokuon-ji Temple but commonly called Kinkaku-ji Temple or Temple of the Golden Pavilion. Continue reading Japan 2017: Kinkaku-ji / The Golden Pavilion, Kyoto

Japan 2017: Tenryu-ji Temple + Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

A little fast fact first – there are 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto alone. You won’t be able to see everything that Kyoto has to offer in a day. It is essential that you pick the sites you want to see and carefully plan your route.  Continue reading Japan 2017: Tenryu-ji Temple + Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

Japan 2017: Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Kyoto

To start off our Kyoto tour, we decided to go to the furthest stop on our itinerary. We set off towards Arashiyama with three sites in mind – the Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Tenryuji Temple, and the Bamboo Grove. Continue reading Japan 2017: Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Kyoto