Pure water temple

Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally “Pure Water Temple”) is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan and that’s where we’re headed next. It’s a perfect excuse to retrace our steps through the beautiful cobbled streets of Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka. These are to be found in the Higashiyama District which is one of Kyoto’s best preserved historic districts.Continue reading “Pure water temple”

Careening around Kyoto

Here’s a quick dump and run of some of the sights to be had in the back streets and riverside of Kyoto. More painted privacy screens, serene trainee Geisha and traditional architecture. Once again we take a detour down into the traditional Gion heart of Kyoto to enjoy the clean, calm architecture on show. WeContinue reading “Careening around Kyoto”

Nishiki Market

Almost opposite our hotel in Kyoto is Nishiki Market. A sprawling warren of food stalls begging to be explored. Known to locals as “Kyoto’s pantry”, Nishiki Market is one of the best traditional food market in the city. There are plenty of traditional shops to give you a glimpse of what a traditional shotengai (shoppingContinue reading “Nishiki Market”

Tōdaiji Temple

Located in Nara province, Tōdaiji, the “Great Eastern Temple” is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples. The temple was built in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan. It grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 to try and reduceContinue reading “Tōdaiji Temple”

Nibbly Nara Deers

We’re off to see some more of Japan’s famed wildlife now with a trip to Nara. Due to its past as the first permanent capital Nara remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan’s oldest and largest temples. But it’s also famous for its resident deer. Hence these cute little cartoon critters. According toContinue reading “Nibbly Nara Deers”

Tiny lucky charms

Having conquered the Inari mountain and negotiated the endless winding corridors of orange Tori gates we head back into the rest of the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine complex. There is a fascinating story attached to the origin of the shrine. The legend goes, a rice cake was shot into the air, which turned into aContinue reading “Tiny lucky charms”

Heading for the summit

Here’s a few more snaps from the orange frenzy that is Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres above sea level. Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. FoxesContinue reading “Heading for the summit”

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Next up on our Kyoto sight seeing hitlist is Fushimi Inari Taisha. This incredible shrine is like nothing we’ve ever seen before and very different from the usual Japanese shrines. Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also namedContinue reading “Fushimi Inari Taisha”