Histrical Festival at Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2011-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Histrical Festival at Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2011-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Histrical Festival at Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2011-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Histrical Festival at Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2011-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Histrical Festival at Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2011-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto
Kyoto City viewed from Kiyomizudera Temple 2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kyoto City viewed from Kiyomizudera Temple

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto
Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto 2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto
Shinnyodo Temple, Kyoto, 2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shinnyodo Temple, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Daigoji Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hiranojinjya Shrine, Kyoto

2003-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tea Ceremony in Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2010-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kyoto

Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2012-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Near Kodaiji, Kyoto

2013-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Near Kodaiji, Kyoto

2012-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Gion Kyoto

2013-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Jidai-Matsuri (Histrical Festival)

Kyoto

Kyoto was the capital and cultural center of Japan for over 1,200 years, founded in 794. Today Kyoto is one of largest cities in Japan with a population of 1.4 million people and also has a modern face. It is really unique and gives the visitor an exquisite taste of traditional culture and atmosphere which no other place in the world can provide. About 20% of Japan's National Treasures and 14% of Important Cultural Propertiews exist in the city


There are thousands of historical temples and shrines in Kyoto. They have been carefully designed and built in order to keep beautiful harmony with natural environment. All the traditional temples and shrines are made of wood, and buildings themselves do not overwhelm visitors. Instead visitors can enjoy the distinct beauty in every season. Especially the colorful maple leaves in autumn (momiji) and cherry blossoms in spring are breathtaking.


Heianjingu Shrine

Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2008-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2010-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2011-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2008-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2010-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2008-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2003-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2008-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2010-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2008-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2008-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Heianjingu Shrine, Kyoto

2011-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Heianjingu Shrine

Heianjingu was built in 1895 at the 1,100th anniversary of the establishment of Heian Capital in Kyoto. The shrine is said to be a two thirds size replica of the Imperial Palace of the Heian era.  There is a extensive Heian-style beautiful Japanese garden with cherry blossom, irises and water lilies behind the main buildings.


Ginkakuji Temple

Ginkakuji Temple and Kinkyoti, Kyoto

2010-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ginkakuji Temple (under refurbishment) , Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ginshadan, Ginkakuji Temple, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ginkakuji-Michi, Kyoto

2011-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ginkakuji Temple

Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion, also called Jishoji) is a Zen temple at the foot of eastern mountains in Kyoto.  It was originally built as a retirement villa for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa and was modified to a temple after his death in 1490. Special cares were taken in the design of the garden in order to appreciate moon light .


Sinnyodo Temple

Sinnyodo Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shinnyodo Temple, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sinnyodo Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sinnyodo Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sinnyodo Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sinnyodo Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sinnyodo Temple

was founded in 984 by Kaisan Shonin. It is located north of Kyoto on mount Yoshida.


Tetsugaku no Michi (Philosopher's Walk)

Philosopher's Walk, Kyoto

2010-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Philosopher's Walk, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Philosopher's Walk, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Philosopher's Walk, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tetsugaku no Michi (Philosopher's Walk)

is a cherry tree lined scenic footpath besides a canal that runs from near Nanzenji to Ginkakuji.

Eikando Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Eikando Temple, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Eikando Temple

Eikando Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Eikando Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Eikando Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Eikando Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Eikando Temple, Kyoto

2012-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Eikando Temple

was founded in 863. Eikando is well known of its garden with many maple trees.


Nanzenji Temple

Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto
Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto, 2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nanzenj Temple

was first built as an imperial villa in 1264 by Emperor Kameyama, and became a Zen temple in 1291. It is one of Five Great Zen Temples in Kyoto.


Chion-in Temple

Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Chion-in Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Chion-in Temple

was built in 1234 by Hōnen's disciple, Genchi in memory of his master. It is the headquarters of the Jodo Shu (Pure Land Sect) founded by Hōnen.

Jishujinjya Shrine, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Jishujinjya Shrine, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Jishujinjya Shrine, Kyoto

2007-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2002-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2002-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2007-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

2010-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple Night View, Kyoto

2002-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Jishu-jinjya Shirine

Kiyomizudera Temple Night View, Kyoto

2012-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizudera (Pure Water Temple) is one of the most well-known Buddhist temples in Japan. It is a large temple, covering a wide area of 130,000 square meters. The temple was founded in 780, but the present buildings were constructed in 1633.

The Kiyomizudera is famous for its huge wooden stage terrace (Butai) supported by139 wooden columns over the eastern hills of Kyoto. The terrace offers impressive views of the city.

Below the terrace, a clear stream spills into a waterfall, said to have healing power, from which temples’ name originated.


Shinto Shrine in Buddhism Temple

The temple complex contains a small Shinto shrine, Jishu-jinja, dedicated to Okuninushino-Mikoto, a God of love and "good matches".

 

Shinto is a Japanese original religion respecting 880 Gods; actually it is a kind of natural worship. Buddhism came to Japan through China in 6th century. Both religions have been influencing Japanese deeply.

 

Both religions do not insist people to believe in single God with absolute power. So Japanese are generally quite flexible to religions. People enjoy Christmas (Christmas Christians), visit Shinto shrines to celebrate happy New Year (happy occasions) and go to Buddhism temples for funeral (sad occasions). So Shinto shines sometimes can be seen in Buddhism temple complexes.

Red maple leaves in late November, with the hillside lit up in the evening...


Souvenir Shops on Kiyomizuzaka

Traditional Souvenir Shop on Kiyomizuzaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Traditional Souvenir Shop on Kiyomizuzaka, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kyou-ningyou Souvenir on Kiyomizuzaka, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Kiyomizuzaka, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

At Hichimiya on Kiyomizuzaka, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kiyomizuyaki Shop on Kiyomizuzaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

At Kiyomizuzaka, Kyoto

2007-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shibazuke Shop on Kiyomizuzaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Kiyomizuzaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Kiyomizuzaka, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Kiyomizuzaka, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Kiyomizuzaka, Kyoto

2012-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shops on Kiyomizuzaka

The approach to the Kiyomizudera temple is along the steep and busy lanes on Kiyomizuzaka.
Souvenirs of local specialties such as Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, Kyo Sensu, sweets and pickles are sold here.

Kyo Sensu (traditional Japanese folding fan) are known for their elegant form.

Near Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Near Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2012-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2011-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2011-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

On Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2010-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

On Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop near Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2008-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop near Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2008-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop near Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop near Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Coffee Shop near Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

At Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2007-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Street around Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop at Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Restaurant on Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop at Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Near Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2007-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop at Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Near Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2007-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Souvenir Shop on Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2007-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Traditional Townhouses around Sanneizaka, Ninenzaka, and Yasakanotou

Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2008-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hichimiya (seven spice shop) at Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2012-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Yasakadori, Kyoto

2012-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Near Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Yasakadori, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Around Yasakadouri, Kyoto

2010-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Near Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2012-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2012-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ninenzaka, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Neasr Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2012-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Near Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2012-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Near Yasakanotou, Kyoto

2016-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sanneizaka, Kyoto

2016-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Traditional Townhouses around Sanneizaka, Ninenzaka,  and Yasakanotou,

Near Kiyomizudera, around Sanneizaka, Ninenzaka, and Yasakanotou (Pagoda), there are many traditional Kyoto townhouses built during Edo, Meiji or Taisho period.

Along the path from Ninenzaka to Sanneizaka those old houses are lined on both sides of the paved sloping street. The combination of different styles, sizes, textures of houses originated from different historic periods provide unique urban atmosphere of this special preservation district. The houses here are all made of wood and rather small, which are quite different from those preserved in European historical towns.

Seven falls and eight rises.

Hope springs eternal.

Nene no Michi Near Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nene no Michi Near Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto

2007-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto

2010-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Near Nene no michi, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Entokuin Temple , Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Entokuin Temple , Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kodaiji Temple

Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kodaiji Temple , Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kodaiji Temple , Kyoto

2016-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kodaiji Temple , Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kodaiji Temple , Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kodaiji Temple , Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nenenomichi, Kodaiji Temple , Kyoto

2012-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kodaiji Temple , Kyoto

20106-02 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kodaiji Temple

was constructed in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto in 1605 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi by his wife, Nene.

Kodaiji is a picturesque Zen temple with an exquisite garden. Night illumination in Kodaiji in autumn is fantastic.

Zen often attracts westerners, probably because it has a "back to basics" tradition with an emphasis on meditation and very little ritual.

Confetti of Cherry Blossoms in Maruyama Park, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shidarezakura (weeping cherry tree) in Maruyama Park, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park

Yasaka Shrine , Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Yasaka Shrine , Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Yasaka Shrine , Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Main Hall, Yasaka Shrine , Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kyogen Play on the Stage, Yasaka Shrine , Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Yasaka Shrine , Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Yasaka Shrine , Kyoto

2016-01 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Yasaka Shrine

is also known as Gion-san. It offers protection from evil and houses the god of commerce. Built in 656.

Maruyama Park

is a public park next to Yasaka shrine. It is well known for enjoying cherry blossoms.

Sakura in full bloom last very short (less than a week) and Sakura blossoms fall like confetti shower.

Minamiza Theater at night, Gion, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Minamiza Theater at night, Gion, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Gion Hanamikoji

Ichirikichaya, Gion, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hanamikoji, Gion, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ichirikichaya, Gion, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hanamikoji, Gion, Kyoto

2007-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hanamikoji, Gion, Kyoto

2004-12 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hanamikoji at night, Gion, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hanamikoji at night, Gion, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hanamikoji at night, Gion, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hanamikoji at night, Gion, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hanamikoji at night, Gion, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Gion Shirakawa

Shirakawa, Gion, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shirakawa, Gion, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shirakawa, Gion, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shirakawa, Gion, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shirakawa, Gion, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shirakawa, Gion, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shirakawa, Gion, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Gion Minamiza

Shirakawa at night, Gion, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shirakawa at night, Gion, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shirakawa at night, Gion, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Gion

Gion is Kyoto's traditional amusement area. There have been Ochayas (teahouses) and Geishas here since 16th century.  It’s main street is Hanami-koji, a street lined by traditional wooden houses, many of them are teahouses (Ochaya) and restaurants. The street leaves a traditional taste of elegance of Hanamachi (amusement area).

Ichriki-chaya is the most famous teahouse. The teahouses are mostly wooden two-story buildings of traditional design with protruding windows. The windows have lattices (Bengaragoshi) or reed screens (Sudare) in order to ensure the privacy of the guests. Bamboo slats near the ground are Inu Yarai to keep people (and dogs) away from windows and walls for privacy. There is usually a small curtain (Noren) showing the name of the teahouse at the entrance.

Geishas are traditional entertainers who are trained in various arts including the art of conversation, pouring sake (Japanese wine), ikebana (flower arrangement), tea ceremonies, playing musical instruments and poetry and literature.

Hanami-Koji street leaves a strong taste of the elegance of Hanamachi.

Minamiza is a Kabuki theater with 400 years of history and tradition.

Dinner in a teahouse on Hanami-Koji

Kenniji, Gion, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kenniji, Gion, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kenniji, Gion, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kenniji, Gion, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kenniji, Gion, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Gion Kenniji


Kenniji, Gion, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kenniji, Gion, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kenniji, Gion, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kenniji, Gion, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kenniji, Gion, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kenniji, Gion, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kenninji

is a major temple of the Rinzai Zen school in Gion area. It was founded in 1202 at the request of Emperor Tsuchimikado. It is one of Five Great Zen Temples in Kyoto.


Pontocho


Kamo-River

Evening in Pontocho, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Evening in Pontocho, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Evening in Pontocho, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Evening in Pontocho, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Russian Bar in Pontocho, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Restaurants along Kamo-river, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ikedaya Restaurant near Kiyamachi, Kyoto

2011-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Restaurant in Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Restaurant in Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto

2011-10 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ikedaya Restaurant near Kiyamachi, Kyoto

2013-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Pontocho

is one of the traditional entertainment and nightlife district of Kyoto, near Gion. It is just a narrow street running from Shijo-dori to Sanjo-dori, one block west of the Kamo River. In the evenings, the Pontocho offers a great atmosphere from a lot of restaurants and teahouses.

Kiyamachi-dori, running along a small river between Pontocho and Kawaramachi-dori, has all kinds of usual restaurants and nightclubs.


Tofukuji Temple

Tsutenkyo Bridge, Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tsutenkyo Bridge, Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto

20012-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sennyuji Temple

Sennyuji Temple, Kyoto

2008-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sennyuji Temple, Kyoto

2008-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto

2012-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto

2012-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto

2012-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tofukuji

is of a Rinzai sect Buddhism temple constructed in 1236. It is situated in southeast Kyoto.
Tofukuji is one of the most popular spots to enjoy autumn maple leaves. Tsutenkyo Bridge is famous for its view of the ocean of colored trees.

Sennyu-ji

was founded in 1218 by the monk Shunjo. It was a mortuary temple for aristocrats and the imperial house.


Daigiji Temple

Daigoji Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Daigoji Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Daigoji Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Daigoji Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Daigoji Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Daigoji

is a prominent large temple complex in southwestern part of Kyoto, consisting of Shimo-Daigo, Sanbo-in, and Kami-Daigo. It was originated in 874 and is one of the oldest structures in Kyoto.

Daigoji is famous for its beauty in cherry blossom season. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the great political leader of the time, organized a gorgeous Hanami (viewing cherry blossoms) party in 1598.


Byodo-in Temple

Byodo-in Temple, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Byodo-in Hoo-do, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Byodo-in Temple in Autumn, Kyoto

20010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Statue of Murasaki Shikibu, author of the Story of Genji beside Uji River, Kyoto

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Byodo-in Temple

is a Buddhist temple in Uji city, south east of Kyoto city. The Byodo-in temple was originally built in 998 as a rural villa of Fujiwara Michinaga and was changed to a Buddhist temple by Fujiwara no Yorimichi in 1052.

Hoo-do

The main building of Byodo-in is called Hoo-do (Phoenix Hall) . The central hall houses an statue of Amida Buddha and displays statues of two Hoo ( Phoenix) at roof top.


Kinkakuji Temple

Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tea House in Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kinkakuji Temple

Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple located in northwest of Kyoto. It is covered in gold leaf and presents beautiful harmonious pictures together with its Japanese garden and back ground mountains such as Kinugasayama.

Kinkakuji was originally built as a residence for the retired shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and was modified to a temple after his death in 1408. The "golden pavilion" design was intended for use as a diplomatic reception room for embassy from China with which Yoshimitsu wanted to resume foreign relations at that time.

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

2008-04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto

2013--04 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji is a Zen temple located near Kinkakuji. It is famous for its rock garden (Sekitei) for meditation. The simple Zen garden consists of nothing but 15 rocks on neatly raked white gravel and surrounded by low Yudobei walls (waterproofed by oil). The garden is said to imitate natural landscape in an abstract way using stones and gravel representing islands and seas. But the garden inspires something more in contemplation.

One of luxurious ways to enjoy Kyoto is to visit Ryoanji Temple early in the morning of an off-season weekday and sit alone on the a wooden passageway for meditation.

Arashiyama, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

2008-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Arashiyama

Togetsukyo, Arashiyama, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Oi-river, Arashiyama, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Arashiyama

Arashiyama is a pleasant, touristy district at the western outskirts of Kyoto on Oi river. Togetsukyo Bridge (moon-crossing bridge) with Mount Arashiyama as backdrop in autumn is very beautiful.


Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji is a large Zen Buddhist temple in the Arashiyama in the western outskirts of Kyoto.  The temple was established in 1339 by Ashikaga Takauji.


The temple has an excellent Chisen-Kaiyu-Shiki (pond-stroll) garden that was laid out by a garden designer Muso Soseki (Muso Kokushi).


Hogoin Temple

Hogoin Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hogoin Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hogoin Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hogoin Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hogoin Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hogoin Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Hogoin Temple

Hogoin Temple is a small temple near Tenryuji Temple in the Arashiyama.  This temple is becoming well known for its beautiful colored leaves in Autumn.


Sagano

Rakushisya, Kyoto

2005-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sagano around Rakushisya, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Rakushisya, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Chikurin, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

At Nonomiyajinjya, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shigarakiyaki, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shigarakiyaki, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shigarakiyaki, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shigarakiyaki, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shigarakiyaki, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Sagano

Several small  temples are scattered along the feet of the mountains in a area called Sagano. Temples such as Jyojyakoji, Nisonin and Gioji are beautiful in Autumn.  Rakushisha was a residence of Kyorai Mukai, an 18th century poet.


Jojyakkoji Temple

Taho-to, Jojyakkoji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Jojyakkoji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nio-mon Gate, Jojyakkoji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nio-mon Gate, Jojyakkoji Temple, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Jojyakkoji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Jojyakkoji Temple, Kyoto

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Jojakkoji Temple

was founded in 1596 by Nisshin as the place for his seclusion. The temple is built on the slope of a hill and is extremely beautiful in autumn.

Nisonin Temple


Gioji Temple


Houkyoin Temple

Nisonin Temple, Kyoto

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nisonin Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nisonin Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Nisonin Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Houkyoin Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Houkyoin Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Houkyoin Temple

is a small temple of Rinzai sect founded in 11th century.

Nisonin Temple

was founded in 834 by Jikaku Daishi according to the wish of Emperor Saga. The temple is famous for twin of Shaka and Amida.

Gioji Temple

is the retreat originally used by two discarded concubines (Gio ahd Hotokegozen) of Taira Kiyomori in the late Heian period. The temple is a Shingon Buddhism nunnery with a small thatched building and an small moss garden.

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple


Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

On the way to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

On the way to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

On the way to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

On the way to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

On the way to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kyoto

2010-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple

is founded by Kobo Daishi to honour anonymous dead souls in 811, then Honen altered to present Nenbutsuji .

About eight thousand Buddhism statuettes scattering around Adashino were collected in the temple to memorialize the souls of the dead.

In ancient times, they disposed of dead bodies by exposing them to the elements (aerial sepulcher) in Adashino. Then the area changed to be a burying ground and they placed stone Buddhist images as tomb stones.

Kyoto Station

2006-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kyoto Tower viewed from Kyoto Station

2007-11 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Kyoto Station

2008-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Modern Part of Kyoto


Central Part of Kyoto City viewd from Kyoto Tower toward Kitayama (north mountain)

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Western Part of Kyoto City viewed from Kyoto Tower toward Nishiyama (west mountain)

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

East Mountain (Higashiyama) Feet of Kyoto City viewed from Kyoto Tower

2008-06 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shijyo-Kawaramachi

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Shijyo-Kawaramachi

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Teramachi Street

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

South Eastern Part of Kyoto City viewed from Kyoto Tower toward Fushimi

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

South Western Part of Kyoto City viewed from Kyoto Tower toward Osaka

2009-09 (C) Seiji Yoshimoto

Modern Part of Kyoto

Kyoto is an inland city in Kyoto Basin. The city is surrounded on three sides by mountains known as Higashiyama, Kitayama and Nishiyama.

The height of the buildings in Kyoto is restricted. There is no skyscraper in Kyoto other than Kyoto Tower.




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The new Kyoto Station,

the entrance of Kyoto, provides a good contrast with image of Kyoto as the capital of traditional Japan. The new station building was completed in 1997 at 1200th anniversary of the Heian Capital foundation

As one of large cities in Japan, Kyoto has a modern face. Sijyo- Kawaramachi is Kyoto's most thriving shopping and amusement district.


This is an experimental page being prepared for NPO InterCoS to introduce Kyoto.
Photos are taken by using Canon EOS-5D, 5Dmk2 or EOS-20D. Copyright Seiji Yoshimoto 2008