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Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺)is also called Jisho-ji Temple(慈照寺)which belong to the Shokoku-ji branch(相国寺) of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism.  Jisho-ji means Temples of Shining Mercy. Ginkaku-ji Temple was built in 1482 as a rural retirement villa by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, grand son of  Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu who built Kinkaku-ji Temple in 1397. Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa originally intend to over the structure with silver-foil overlay but...

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Fall foliage in Kyoto starts around mid of November and peaked toward the end of the month. Eikan-do Zenrin-ji is famous for it’s light up illumination during foliage period. Eikando is 15 to 20 minutes walk from nearest Keage Subway station on the Tozai line, or about 5 minutes walk from the nearest bus top, Nanzenji-Eikando-Michi bus stop, which is about 35 minutes from Kyoto Station. You can also join Japanese tour by Kyoto...

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The best season in Kyoto to enjoy breath taking fall foliage would be around 3rd week of November.  Nanzenji Temple will be among the first choice to enjoy fall foliage in Kyoto.   Nanzenji is one of the most well known Rinzai Zen temples in Japan. Emperor Kameyama loved this beautifull place so much that in 1264, he built his detached palace here.  Later he became a student of the Zen Master Bussin Daimin Kokushi and he...

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Kinkakuji is so well known and it is one of the top must see place while you are in Kyoto. It’s so poupular, and everyone takes ton’s of pictures everyday but there is strict restriction for it’s usages, so I can’t put up picture of Golden Pavilion. But, Kinkakuji is not only Golden Pavilion, there is a lot to see beside.  It was 2nd week of November and still early stage of fall foliage but it is beautiful as...

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A restaurant named “Kushimanma” is located in Kyoto’s residential area and looks like a traditional house. There is a cozy Japanese garden in front of it. It is famous for the high quality of binchotan charcoal to boil kushiyaki. Kushiyaki is a famous Japanese food, which is fish, meat, shellfish, or vegetables grilled on skewers.Also binchotan is Japanese traditional charcoal made from ubame oak. If we use it, we can burn food...

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Originally it was founded in 998 by Fujiwara-No-Michinaga for a private residence.  And then in 1052 his son, Fujiwara-No-Yorimichi, converted it to a temple.  Byodo-In Temple is located in the city of Uji, Kyoto prefecture. It is one of Japanese attractive  National Treature and World Heritage site. In the following year, the Phoenix hall, “Ho-Oh-Do”, was built around the Ajiike pond to enshrine an Amida Nyorai image. On the top of...

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