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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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Behind the temple there is a stairway made of stone steps that leads up to the Shinun Shrine. The sm...
Behind the temple there is a stairway made of stone steps that leads up to the Shinun Shrine. The small shrine is dedicated to the god of the temple grounds.
The torii gates are placed in close proximity and have inscriptions in Kanji (Japanese characters) i...
The torii gates are placed in close proximity and have inscriptions in Kanji (Japanese characters) indicating the name of the donor. The Shrine is open until dusk, thus there are beautiful lanterns to provide illumination for visitors.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Tiger blowfish fare at Yamafuku Restaurant  Kyoto  Japan.
Tiger blowfish fare at Yamafuku Restaurant, Kyoto, Japan.
Yamafuku Restaurant  in Kyoto  Japan  specializes in tiger blowfish (puffer fish).
Yamafuku Restaurant, in Kyoto, Japan, specializes in tiger blowfish (puffer fish).
Several red-painted structures in the grounds of Fushimi Inari are dedicated to the sale of small to...
Several red-painted structures in the grounds of Fushimi Inari are dedicated to the sale of small torii gates, talismans, good-luck charms, and fox-shaped wish tablets.
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 Deva Gate is the main entrance to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex.
The Deva Gate is the main entrance to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex.
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.
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.
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.
On Sundays  many Kyoto residents wear traditional attire when visiting the Buddhist temples of  the ...
On Sundays, many Kyoto residents wear traditional attire when visiting the Buddhist temples of the city.
Partial view of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex in Kyoto  Japan.
Partial view of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex in Kyoto, Japan.
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.
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Kyoto, Japan
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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.