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Kinkaku-ji — The garden of harmony between heaven and earth Special

Kyoto - Kinkaku-ji is among the most beautiful places in Kyoto. The location is a Zen garden with a pretty lagoon, dotted with miniature islands, and the site of one of the most loved Buddhist temples in Japan, known as the Golden Pavilion.

Fushimi Inari Shrine — Protector of rice and sake in Kyoto, Japan Special

Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Taisha, a Shinto Shrine located on the foothills of a mountain in Kyoto, is dedicated to the Inari spirit protecting agricultural production; it is famous for its thousands of red-orange torii gates connecting several religious buildings.

Photo Essay: Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera — ‘The temple of clear water’ Special

Kyoto - The Kiyomizu-dera Temple located on a mountain by a waterfall is one of Kyoto’s many historic religious sites attracting Buddhist pilgrims since the eighth Century. Current structures include the Main Hall and a large terrace overlooking the city.

Minivan plows into pedestrians in Kyoto

Kyoto - The minivan rear-ended a taxi and sped through a red light striking several pedestrians before crashing into a utility poll. Eight people were killed, including the driver, and eight others injured.
 

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View of the city of Kyoto from one of the terraces of Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex.
View of the city of Kyoto from one of the terraces of Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex.
The Golden Pavilion reflects its image on the water from almost anywhere along the cherry tree-lined...
The Golden Pavilion reflects its image on the water from almost anywhere along the cherry tree-lined paths surrounding the pond. On the roof of the pavilion there is a gold-leafed figure of a phoenix, a mythical bird.
The second torii gate is bright orange-red and leads to the main entrance into the Fushimi Inari Tai...
The second torii gate is bright orange-red and leads to the main entrance into the Fushimi Inari Taisha complex.
Tiger blowfish fare at Yamafuku Restaurant  Kyoto  Japan.
Tiger blowfish fare at Yamafuku Restaurant, Kyoto, Japan.
Not far from the entrance to the grounds of Kinkaku-ji Temple is the Bell Tower.
Not far from the entrance to the grounds of Kinkaku-ji Temple is the Bell Tower.
This is the entrance to the path of the thousands of torii gates that go up the Inari Mountain. In s...
This is the entrance to the path of the thousands of torii gates that go up the Inari Mountain. In some sections the tunnel of red torii gates runs in parallel.
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Kyoto, Japan
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A large grey torii gate announces the proximity of the entrance to Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine in Ky...
A large grey torii gate announces the proximity of the entrance to Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
The garden is also adorned with gravel paths  stone lanterns and stairways  a beautiful waterfall an...
The garden is also adorned with gravel paths, stone lanterns and stairways, a beautiful waterfall and, close to the way out of the grounds, there is a peaceful tea-garden among the trees.
The Golden Pavilion reflects its image on the water from almost anywhere along the cherry tree-lined...
The Golden Pavilion reflects its image on the water from almost anywhere along the cherry tree-lined paths surrounding the pond. Miniature islands and rock arrangements adorn the peaceful pond.
The veranda of the Kiyomizu Stage extends towards the enchanting three-storied Koyasu Pagoda.
The veranda of the Kiyomizu Stage extends towards the enchanting three-storied Koyasu Pagoda.
Those who cannot afford to donate a large torii gate but still wish to worship the kami  can purchas...
Those who cannot afford to donate a large torii gate but still wish to worship the kami, can purchase miniature torii gates and place them in red-painted racks.
Figurines of the “beckoning cat”  also known as lucky cat  or fortune cat (known in Japan as “...
Figurines of the “beckoning cat”, also known as lucky cat, or fortune cat (known in Japan as “'maneki-neko”), are sold to the faithful in shops outside Fushimi Inari. Maneki-nekos are a common Japanese lucky charm, which can bring benefits to the owner. The figurine is usually made of ceramic, with a decoration around the neck, adorned with coins or food items, and holding up a paw. White cats are for good luck, black cats for good health, and gold cats bring monetary wealth.
The fox statues  usually a male and a female  represent the messengers of the spirit or Kami of the ...
The fox statues, usually a male and a female, represent the messengers of the spirit or Kami of the Inari deity. They wear a votive red bib and hold a scroll or a key in their mouth. The scroll contains Buddhist readings and the key allows access to the granary where the rice is kept.
The garden is adorned with gravel paths  stone lanterns and stairways  a beautiful waterfall and  cl...
The garden is adorned with gravel paths, stone lanterns and stairways, a beautiful waterfall and, close to the way out of the grounds, there is a peaceful tea-garden among the trees.
The Kinkaku-ji complex is located at the foot of the gently-sloping Kinugasa Hill in the northern si...
The Kinkaku-ji complex is located at the foot of the gently-sloping Kinugasa Hill in the northern side of Kyoto. This is the elegant Chinese Gate that marks the entrance to the temple grounds,
The Golden Pavilion has three floors and stands 12.8 meters high. Each floor is designed in a differ...
The Golden Pavilion has three floors and stands 12.8 meters high. Each floor is designed in a different style yet the three harmonize well and create a spectacular architectural effect. In the days of Yoshimitsu, the first floor was used as a reception hall; the second floor, built in the style of samurai houses, was where Yoshimitsu held private meetings with honored guests. The third floor was used for intimate meetings with friends, and tea ceremonies.
There are two dining rooms at Yamafuku: one for guests wearing shoes (horigotatsu-style); another fo...
There are two dining rooms at Yamafuku: one for guests wearing shoes (horigotatsu-style); another for guests taking their shoes off (Japanese style).
The inscriptions showing the name of individuals  families  or businesses that donated each torii ga...
The inscriptions showing the name of individuals, families, or businesses that donated each torii gate is in the opposite side of the torii and can be seen in the way back from the hill.
Next to the Main Temple of Fushimi Inari is the Worship Shrine or  Haiden  where worshipers pay thei...
Next to the Main Temple of Fushimi Inari is the Worship Shrine or "Haiden" where worshipers pay their respects to the kami by pulling a ribbon, playing a bell, and performing a sequence of bows and hand clapping (see video below).