Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto – One of the most important Zen temples in Japan, Nanzenji Temple is located in eastern Kyoto amidst very spacious and picturesque grounds. Sanomon Gate is the enormous gate which greets visitors and the gate leads on to the many sub-temples and gardens in this temple complex. A definite “must-see” Kyoto temple, in my opinion, and a great place for photos and videos.

Murin-an, Kyoto

Murin-an, Kyoto – Murin-an is a villa located near Nanzenji Temple in eastern Kyoto. It was built during the years 1864-1896 by senior statesman Yamagata Arimoto. The design and construction of the garden was created by Ogawa Jihei who was a leading Kyoto landscape architect. It is a beautiful garden and villa and a highly recommended place to visit. A very tranquil retreat from busy Kyoto.

Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages), Kyoto

Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages), Kyoto – This festival takes place on October 22 which is the anniversary of the founding of Kyoto. It is a parade of approximately 2,000 people dressed in traditional costumes ranging from the Heian Period (794-1185) to the Meiji Period (1868-1912). The Jidai Matsuri is one of Kyoto’s 3 most famous festivals, along with the Gion Matsuri (July) and the Aoi Matsuri (May).

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto – this famous Shinto shrine is located in southern Kyoto. Visitors wind their way through the orange torii gates up sacred Mount Inari. The shrine is dedicated to Inari who is the Shinto God of rice.  A number of statues of foxes appear at the entrance, and they act as messengers for Inari.

Heian Shrine, Kyoto

Heian Shrine, Kyoto – Heian is the former name of Kyoto, and this shrine was built in 1895 on the 1,100 anniversary of the founding of Kyoto. The main buildings are a smaller replica of the original Imperial Palace from the Heian Period (710-1185).

Daitokuji Temple, Kyoto

Daitokuji Temple, Kyoto – here are some photos I took at Daitokuji Temple which is a temple complex in northern Kyoto. There are a large number of temples as well as a variety of Zen gardens at Daitokuji Temple – a great place to wander and explore.

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto – here are some photos I took in November in Arashiyama which is just west of Kyoto. Despite the crowds of tourists, the fall leaves were gorgeous and it was a very pleasant warm, sunny day.