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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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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.
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).
Partial view of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex in Kyoto  Japan.
Partial view of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex in Kyoto, Japan.
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 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.
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.
The pond has several islands of various sizes  and many stones arranged in the shape of animals  a t...
The pond has several islands of various sizes, and many stones arranged in the shape of animals, a turtle and a crane, symbolizing longevity and good fortune.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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,
Wooden tablets with the shape of a fox head known as “Ema” can also be purchased for a small cha...
Wooden tablets with the shape of a fox head known as “Ema” can also be purchased for a small charge. Worshipers can draw the face of the fox, write their wish in the reverse of the tablet and hang it in special racks.
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.
Yamafuku Restaurant  in Kyoto  Japan  specializes in tiger blowfish (puffer fish).
Yamafuku Restaurant, in Kyoto, Japan, specializes in tiger blowfish (puffer fish).
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 Deva Gate stands over a tall stone platform;  behind the gate  is the Bell Tower; on the right h...
The Deva Gate stands over a tall stone platform; behind the gate is the Bell Tower; on the right hand side of the picture is part of the Three-Storied Koyasu Pagoda.