Sanjusangendo (三十三間堂)

Sanjusangendo (三十三間堂) temple is popular for its 1001 statues of the goddess of mercy. The temple hall is made up of wooden structure and is reported 120 meters long. Very impressive sight. In the hall, visitors can worship and make wishes. Within the hall, photography is prohibited, and the staffs are everywhere to check. The photo below is just a glimpse of it.

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The temple is not far from Kyoto station, so I decide to walk all the way to Kyoto station. It’s pretty interesting to going around streets. You get to see different people, things people are doing, types of housing, and people cycling everywhere. It’s winter, so it starts to get dark after about 4 pm.

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This is the only shot of city lights I manage to get when I reached Kyoto Tower.

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Sanjusangendo (三十三間堂)

Kinkakuji (金閣寺)

It’s been a while since the last update. Hopefully I can have more time to work on my photos.

Kinkakuji (金閣寺), also known as Golden Pavilion, is well-known for its golden structure that are covered in gold leaf. Unfortunately the zen temple is out of bound. I was lucky to be able to capture a few moments before it starts drizzling. Pictures were taken in mid Dec 2013. I hope to visit again in Feb to see the structure cover with snow.

After the pavilion exit, there is a Fudo Hall where I spent some time there praying.

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Kinkakuji (金閣寺)

Kiyomizudera (清水寺)

Kiyomizudera (清水寺), one of the UNESCO World heritage sites, is well-known for its wooden buildings architecture and the way it was built. I spent some good time there and really fascinated by the architecture. The site is also beautiful in the night, just different. At the present, some of the buildings are under renovation. These pictures were taken in Dec 2013.

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Koyasu Pagoda can be viewed from the main hall of Kiyomizudera.116

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Jishu Shrine, deity of love and matchmaking.

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Otowa waterfall. It is said that each stream’s water brings benefit of longevity, success at school and a fortunate love life.119

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Outside Kiyomizudera. Love the crowded street.20

Kiyomizudera (清水寺)

Higashiyama in the morning

Strolling around Higashiyama from quiet morning to bustling hour is an experience guaranteed to delight everyone. The people, traditional houses, architectures, temples, food… I enjoy my time when I was there, and staying there makes it even special.

Yasaka Pagoda within Higashiyama District.

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Streets start to get crowded around 930am.

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Higashiyama in the morning

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社)

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社). It has great history, impressive architectures, and mountain trails. It takes not just enormous amount of effort to construct and maintain the shrine, but dedicated spirit. I went in the morning and spent nearly 3 hours there. I can’t recommend enough.

Rou-mon gate.

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Honden (the main shrine).

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Senbon Torii (Thousand Torii).

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The color vermillion of the torii signifies to oppose evil intentions.

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Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社)