Golden Temple Kyoto

We are going to the famous Kinkakuji Temple (金閣寺 Golden Temple) from Sagano (嵯峨野) by bus.

Going to the Golden Temple.

Above pictures; Women wearing kimonos are tourists from China. Bus stop in front of Kinkaku-ji. Japanese traditional soba noodle restaurant. Approach to Kinkakuji Temple.

Map of Rokuon-ji Temple

Details of the map

Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺, Temple of the Golden Pavilion), officially named Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺, Deer Garden Temple), is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, built in 1397. It is one of Japan’s best-known sights and designated as World Heritage Sites.

Main Gate of World Heritage Golden Pavilion Rokuon-ji Temple. (世界遺産 金閣 鹿苑寺)

After passing through the main gate、it is Karamon (唐門 Chinese-style gate). You have to pay the entrance fee at the left side box.

Karamon (唐門 Chinese-style gate)

I have been to European countries and visited many churches and monasteries, but I’ve never paid admission fee. That is very strange.

Hojo (方丈 abbot’s chamber)

Pine tree of Riku-shuu (陸舟の松)

The Pine tree of Riku-shuu is located on the north side of the abbot’s chamber. The founder of the Rokuon-ji temple, Great General Yoshimitsu Ashikaga planted it himself. The age of the pine tree is over 600 years.

Former Kuri (庫裡 priests’ living quarters), now it is a hall used for transcribing sutras of pilgrims, called Syakyo-sho (写経所).

Syakyo-syo (写経所) ; Fire fighting water troughs. Entrance of the hall. Copying sutras room. Copied sutra.

After the Syakyo-syo (写経所) we arrived at the edge of the Kyouko pond (鏡湖池), the beautiful Golden Pavilion was reflected on the pond surface.

Golden Pavilion and Kyoko Pond, (金閣、鏡湖池)

Golden Pavilion of Rokuon-ji Temple (Kinkaku-ji Temple)

The Kinkaku of Rokuon-ji Temple (金閣寺): formally the Shariden of Rokuon-ji Temple (the reliquary, Buddha’s ashes, hall of Rokuon-ji Temple)

The golden phoenix above the roof and the top floor of the Golden Pavilion. (The photos are provided by Rokuon-ji Temple.)

Left the Golden Pavilion we are walking to the traditional Japanese garden of Rokuon-ji Temple.

We are walking around the typical Japanese garden of Rokuon-ji.

Hakuja-no-tuka (白蛇の塚,The burial mound of white snake, the messenger of God)

Sekka-tei (夕佳亭Tea ceremony house)

We are leaving the temple of Rokuon-ji, Golden Temple.

Visitor’s Tea House (不動堂茶所) ; You can enjoy Matcha (green tea for ceremonies) here.

Passing in front of Tea House, you can see the building called Fudo-do (不動堂). Fudo-Myouo (不動明王 Acala) is a god of folk religion.

Many tourists in front of Fudo-do (不動堂)

A souvenir shops by Fudo Hall (不動堂).

We are shopping at the souvenir shops, then will go back to the hotel and take a rest.

Orgel Museum Arashiyama Kyoto

From souvenir shop Juan (寿庵), we are walking to the Arashiyama railway station.

Souvenir shop Juan (寿庵) Sagano, Specialty egg food restaurant (こだわり卵専門店), Saga Park (嵯峨公園) and Kyoto Prefectural Highway Route 29 (府道29号).

We found a small museum on the way to the station. “Let’s get in.”

Orgel (Music Box) Museum Arashiyama Kyoto (京都嵐山オルゴール博物館)

The front yard of the music box museum. You can smoke here.

The entrance of the music box museum, doll guards will welcome you.

The ground floor of the house is a café.

You can enjoy tea and cake while listening to a wonderful music box.

After tea or coffee, let’s go to the museum on the first floor.

The collection of Guido Reuge, Swiss.

The watch and music box company, Reuge is located in a small village, Sainte-Croix, Switzerland. It was guided by Guido Reuge for more than sixty years. Reuge is currently the world leader in manufacturing luxury music boxes worldwide.

Guido Reuge

Guido Reuge and his wife Jacqueline traveled around the world and deepened friendship with many music box collectors. They collected huge number of music boxes and automatic dolls there, and learned the aesthetic sense and sensibility of the good old days through the music and mastery. Filled with ideas Reuge products were born in such a background. In the museum, they inherit the precious Guilo Reuge music box collection, carefully select valuable historical cultural heritage, exhibit and perform.

These antiques are very rare for Japanese.

The rooms are not so wide, but a tremendous number of antique music boxes and automata are on exhibition.

Very unusual antiques

“Moon of the end of the century” made by Francois Juno and “Clown et klivans”

Pierrot at the Well (Clown Talking to the Moon) and Singing Bird Cage (Made in France, in 1910)

Disk-type music box, polyphone mikado-style Germany in 1895, and machine music box.

Girls of the automaton, and Moon and clown

The movements of these dolls were like humans.

Automata of Arashiyama Music Box Museum

(Left picture; It is the real cigar that the doll is holding, spit smoke from the nose when you put on fire.)

Automaton “Moon of the end of the century”, the automata music box.

Singing to the Moon in 1890 (France), the movement of the clown is funny.

After the museum we walk down to the cafe on the grand floor, and had a set of  freshly baked waffle and ice cream, and mango juice. The atmosphere is good and the food was also delicious. Then, we entered the next door, music box shop.

Orger Shop of the museum

There were many lovely music boxes in the shop.

Reuge shop of the Orgel Museum Kyoto

It was fascinating to see centuries old moving music boxes. Most are expensive and antique and would be hard to see elsewhere. Don’t miss especially if you are interested in music & puppets. Now I feel that I was wandering in my dreams.

After this, we are going to the golden temple, Kinkakuji (金閣寺) Kyoto.

Bamboo Grove Kyoto

The north gate of Tenryu-ji Temple

Left the north gate of Tenryuji we are walking to the bamboo path.

Outside the North Gate of Tenryu-ji, here is the bamboo path.

We are walking along the bamboo path.

Bamboo thicket covering the sky.

Bamboo forest of the road is a path with a taste that lasts for about 200 meters between the Nomiya Shrine (野宮神社) from Okochi Sanso (大河内山荘). In the vicinity, there is such as Tenryu-ji (天龍寺) of World Heritage and Arashiyama (嵐山), is one of the typical attractions of Kyoto Arashiyama, is a tourist spot that you would like you to come stopped in when it came to Arashiyama.

The color of the bamboo thicket changes subtly depending on the light.

Every year in December, was held “Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatoro” (嵐山花灯路), and you can walk in the light-up has been fantastic bamboo forest. After exploring fully the great garden of the Tenryu-ji, and out of the north gate, it is recommended that is to walk the road of bamboo forest toward the Nomiya shrines and Okochi Sanso.

Beautiful bamboo groves and lovely grandchildren

Left the bamboo path, we are strolling around the area.

Souvenir shop Juan (寿庵) in Sagano (嵯峨野)

Entrance and inside of the souvenir shopn Juan (寿庵)

Lavely owl figurines in front of the gift shop.

Raccoons, owls and stone Jizos (guardian deity for children) figurines.

These figurines over here have all been made exclusively by their designers.

After that souvenir shop, we will wander around here a bit more.

Tenryū-ji Temple Kyoto

That morning we will go to the Tenryuji temple in Sagano Kyoto by bus. I have heard that Tenryuji is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bus for Togetsukyo (渡月橋) Bridge and landscape from the bus window. It will take 45 minutes.

Arrived at the Arashiyama (嵐山) bus stop.

Arashiyama and Sagano Area Map

Arashiyama (嵐山) is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto. It also refers to the mountain across the Katsura River (桂川), which forms a backdrop to the district. Arashiyama is a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty.

Katura River (桂川) and Togetsu-kyo Bridge (渡月橋)

Togetsu-kyo Bridge (渡月橋)

A big tree on the Bank of Katsura River (桂川).

From the Togetsu-kyo (渡月橋) Bridge, we are walking to the Tenryū-ji Temple.

Togetsu-kyo (渡月橋) Bridge, A teahouse with traditional tea and sweet confectionery (sweet jellied adzuki‐bean paste called “youkan” 羊羹), Souvenir shop, Rental kimono costume shop.

We arrived in Kyoto Tenryū-ji Temple.

Tenryū-ji is the head temple of the Tenryū branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, located in Susukinobaba Ukyō-ku Kyoto.  (京都市右京区嵯峨天龍寺芒ノ馬場町)

Approach to the Tenryu-ji Temple.

Lotus pond in front of Tenryu-ji Temple.

Main Gate of Tenryu-ji

The temple was founded by Ashikaga Takauji (Great General) in 1339, primarily to venerate Buddha, and its first chief priest was Musō Soseki. Construction was completed in 1345. Musō Soseki (夢窓 疎石, 1275–1351) was a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk and teacher, and a calligraphist, poet and garden designer.

Precincts map of Tenryu-ji

In 1994, Tenryū-ji was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto”.

天龍寺の大方丈と曹源池庭園 (Large Hojo, ceremonial hall and Sogenchi Teienn, pond garden)

Typical Japanese garden of Tenryu-ji is very beautiful and many tourists visit from abroad.

Well, let’s enter the large hojo, syoin (方丈,書院). Syoin (書院 sturdy) is a drawing room (in the shoin style of traditional Japanese architecture).

Syoin (書院 sturdy) is a drawing room (in the shoin style of traditional Japanese architecture).

Syoin (書院 room) is a traditional style of Japanese residential architecture with shoji screen (障子 paper sliding door ) , straw mats (tatami畳) and roka (廊下 corridor).

Buddhist memorial service room. Entering this room is forbidden.

Going to Tahoden (多宝殿 Treasure house through the corridor.

The room has interesting sliding doors (襖, Fusuma) with unique pictures.

Tahoden (多宝殿 Treasure house)

Walking to Chikurinn (竹林) from the Tahoden.

Left the Tahoden (多宝殿 Treasure house) of Tenryu-ji we are walking to the famous Chikurin (竹林 bamboo grove also called bamboo path).

Tenryū-ji Temple Website in English: http://www.tenryuji.com/en/

Fushimi Inari Shrine

We are going to Kyoto Station by taxi from the inn and will take a train of the Nara Line to Inari Station. It will be about 5 minutes ride.

Nara Line train. Inside the train. Arrived at the Inari station. Inari station building.

Scenery in front of the Inari station. The red torii is symbolic and impressive.

A torii (鳥居, [to.ɾi.i] a perch of birds who are messengers from heaven.) is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred.

The approach to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. There are a lot of foreign tourists.

Fushimi Inari Shrine Map

Cult of Inari; Inari Ōkami (稲荷大神) is originally the Japanese kami (god) of foxes, of fertility, rice, tea and sake, of agriculture. Today it is a god of industry, of general prosperity and worldly success, and one of the principal kami of Shinto.

Big red torii and Romon (Two story tower gate), it’s an Important Cultural Property of Japan.

A pair of fox statues on the left and right of Romon (the tower gate).

The left fox has a key and right one has a hoju (宝珠precious stone) in their mouths. Foxes are worshipped as divine servants in the Inari faith.

After passing through the Romon (tower gate), it is the Gehaiden (outside worship shrine).

The lanterns hanging around the Gehaiden (outside worship shrine) are called “Hanging lantern of Zodiac”.

Hanging lantern of Zodiac of Fushimi Inari-taisha

Naihaiden (Inner worship house)

Honden (Main shrine)

講務本庁(Komuhoncho office) 末社(Matusya, Branch shrine) 奥社奉拝所(Okusha worship place) 神楽殿(Kagura hall at the shrine) : Kagura (神楽) means sacred (Shinto) music and dance.

Passing this torii is the beginning of Senbon Torii.

We are walking into the famous Senbon Trii.

 Senbon Torii (千本鳥居 Thousand Torii); Thousands of vermilion torii gates lined up along the inner path at Fushimi Inari Taishain Kyoto. Each of the Torii is donated by a Japanese business.

Archway of Senbon Torii, Fushimi Inari Taisha. Daughters of the Chinese parvenu seem to like wearing a kimono.

Most of the tourists are from the foreign countries.

Shrine which was dedicated to the three gods. Shirohata daimyojin(白旗大明神) White Flag Shrine. Shin-ike Pond (新池)

Kumataka Shrine (熊鷹社) Mountain hawk-eagle or Nepal Hawk-Eagle Shrine.

Ancient people thought that flying in the sky freely and strong hawk eagle is the incarnation of god.

From Mitu-tuji (three crossroads) to San-toku Shrine (三ツ辻から三徳大明神へ).

Arrived at Yotu-tuji (四ツ辻Four crossroads). Nice view of the city of Kyoto from here.

Osugi Ogami (大杉大神Old cedar shrine)

It is said that Oosugi Ogami (god) has come down to the Oosugi (big old cedar) and chased away bad illness.

Sannomine三ノ峰Third peak (下之社神蹟Shimonosha Shrine). Ninomine二ノ峰Second peak (中之社神蹟Nakanosha Shrine). Stone steps walking up to Ichinomine from Ninomine. Ichinomine一ノ峰Fist or top peak, altitude 233 m (上之社神蹟Kaminosha Shrine)

It is downhill from Ichinomine, making it easy to walk. The number of travelers walking has decreased.

Gone down Inari Mountain, we are walking to the main hall (Honden) of Fushimi Inari Shrine.

The red toriis were very beautiful.

There was an enormous number of shrines in this sanctuary. I found two mysterious shrines among them.

Doutoku Tenson Shrine (道徳天尊社)

Doutoku Tenson, Daode Tianzun, also known as Taishang Laojun is the god of Taoism. I do not know why the Taoist god has got mixed in here.

Seibo-kannon (聖母観音) Shrine, Our Lady Kannon (Guanyin).

Guanyin is an East Asian bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by Mahayana Buddhists. She is commonly known as the Goddess of Mercy. There is no established theory of the origin of Kannon Bodhisattva. The indigenous goddess was just incorporated into Buddhism. Japanese Shinto priests do not know anything about religion, they know just business.

After Fushimi Inari Shrine, we got into gift shops and enjoyed green tea and traditional sweets.

I have many photos of Fushimi-Inari Shrine. But it is impossible to post everything on this blog. I posted a few pictures on this blog. Many tourists from overseas came and post plenty of photos on the blog, please refer to them. If you come to Fushimi-Inari Shrine, you should come when you are young. It is very beautiful.

Going to Kyoto

Swiss grandchildren came to my home to stay during summer vacation. One day we decided to go to Kyoto. We will take a train called Shinkansen (bullet train) and travel to Kyoto.

We are waiting for the train going to Kyoto. The high – speed train of Shinkansen is caming. Getting in the train.

The Shinkansen (new trunk line) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan, starting with the Tōkaidō Shinkansen (515.4 km) in 1964.

Scenery from the window of the train. We are running west from Tokyo.

By and by Mt. Fuji came into sight.

After crossing the Fuji River, the countryside spreads.

Arrived at the Kyoto station.

A new station building in an old town, and its ceiling.

Kyoto Station Area

Subway Karasuma Line

We get on the subway Karasuma line (烏丸線), get off at the second Shijo station (四条駅), and then we will go to the reserved ryokan (旅館 inn) on foot.

We got off the subway and went to the booked inn on foot, a big temple appeared.

This temple is very famous. It is called Bukkō-ji (佛光寺 Buddha temple), let’s enter for a moment.

Bukkō-ji (佛光寺 Temple of the Buddha’s Light) was founded and officially opened by a disciple named Ryōgen in 1324, but by the 15th century, Bukkō-ji was the largest and most successful temple. And its network of branch temples extending throughout the provinces of western Japan.

Main hall and office of the temple, Bukkō-ji

Bukkō-ji (佛光寺); Main gate. Temple of the Buddha’s Light, Amitabha. High altar of the main hall. Chōzuya.

Chōzuya; place for ritual cleansing of hands and mouth with water when visiting shrines or temples.

Walking approximately 200m from Bukkō-ji, you will arrive at the reserved inn.

Arrived at the reserved inn. Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura – Urushitei (京町家旅館さくら うるし邸)

Situated a 10-minute walk from lively Kawaramachi area, Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei offers Japanese-style accommodation with modern facilities and traditional design. It provides a tour desk and a bar on the ground floor. Free WiFi is available in all areas.

Entrance of the inn and the Yukimi lantern (stone lantern with a tripod). The entrance is facing Takatsuji-dori Street.

Robby of the Inn

Reception, dining room, hearth room and breakfast of the inn. (Breakfast is a separate charge.)

Really narrow garden, you can smok here.

The brochure of the inn.

The inn staff is very kind and friendly. They speak English well. If you come to Kyoto, I can recommend this inn. This is the e-mail address. sakura@urushitei.jp

After this we will go to Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社Fushimi Inari Shrine).

Park of Love, Lima

We are going to Parque del Amor (Park of Love) from the Amano Pre-Columbian Museum.

Arrived in the Park of Love (Parque del Amor) Lima.

Love Park is located in Miraflores in Lima Province, Peru. It was opened on February 14th, 1993 on St. Valentine’s Day. With its paintings, sculptures and spectacular views of the coast, this is one of Lima’s most beautiful parks and a popular meeting place for lovers.

The park of love is on the cliff facing the Pacific Ocean.

The park of the love is a place of recreation and relaxation for local people.

The love park is impressive with a colorful mosaic pattern benchs.

It is reminiscent of Barcelona’s Guell Park created by Antoni Gaudí.

Sculpture called El Beso (The Kiss) in the center of the park.

It depicts the sculptor, Victor Delfín, and his wife kissing. According to local accounts, the mayor of the district holds a competition for the couple who could sustain the longest kiss, and this sculpture celebrates this.

The Pacific Ocean, views from the Park of Love.

Ice cream stall in front of the park.

Left the park of love, we are going to the booked restaurant called La Rosa Nautica. On the way to the restaurant, we stopped by the Kennedy Park and Central Park of Miraflores. These two parks are next to each other. Locals call the two parks Kennedy Park.

Kennedy Park Lima

Virgen Milagrosa or Saint Mary of La Rábida Parish Church is on the Kennedy Park Miraflores.

From Kennedy Park walking to the Central Park of Miraflores

Parque Central de Miraflores (Central Park)

The main gate of the Central Park Miraflores

Parque Kennedy (Kennedy Park)

John F. Kennedy Park; He was the thirty-fifth President of the United States of America, considered as an icon of American aspirations and hopes.

Kennedy Park and Central Park of Miraflores

Left the park, going to the restaurant Rosa Nautica at dusk.

The restaurant Rosa Nautica is on a pier that protrudes offshore.

Let’s enter that restaurant.

Opened in 1983, the restaurant’s dishes are mainly seafood. In the romantic restaurant on the pier protruding in the sea, Guests can enjoy the best cuisine while watching the splendid night view.

We had dinner in the restaurant Rosa Nautica.

The night views around the restaurant, the scenery was very beautiful.

After dinner, we moved to the International Airport of Lima and we left for home in Tokyo via Los Angeles. It was a very long flight and I got tired.

My travel in Peru and Bolivia is over. I will never visit the lands again because I am so old. However, in the unknown places, locals were very kind to me. I was very happy to see interesting different culture. I greatly appreciate Peruvians and Bolivians, and hope their happiness forever.