My Photo Adventure

Kyoto Shrine & Temple Continued


Tenryu-ji Temple is a stone’s throw away from the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Built in 1339, its Zen garden also dates back to the same period. The name “Tenryu-ji” means Heavenly Dragon Temple and it was built after a shogun had a dream about a dragon rising from a nearby river.

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Next stop was the Daikaku-ji Temple (formerly known as Sagagosho). I read that it used to be an imperial villa (a retirement palace of sorts) for Emperor Saga. It was given the name Daikaku-ji in 876 after the Emperor’s passing and converted to a Temple . In its heydays, it acted as the centre of cultural, political and religious developments in the Heian period. Beside the complex is a huge lake, known as Osawa Pond. A favourite hang out by the nobility in their wooden boats.

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View across Osawa pond

View across Osawa pond

This was the only complex where I actually spotted praying monks.

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And the final stop was the easily recognizable landmark, Fushimi Inari. Dedicated to the god of rice and sake, the walk through the magical journey of never-ending Torii gates is a ritual that I’m sure, is enjoyed both by locals and tourists. A few more shots to complete the post.

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