Kyoto Pictures

Kyoto is weird from the European point of view. Beautiful, alien, tricky.

Kyoto
Maruyama Park

Rickshaws and geishas. Did you expect to meet them on the street of the ancient capital?

Rickshaws
geishas

The narrow streets of old city are formed of two-storeyed houses in the traditional style.

The narrow streets of old city
The narrow streets of old city

There are a lot of pagodas, Shrines and Temples in Kyoto.

Kyoto
Kyoto

Maruyama Park

A cat was so hungry to eat from human hand.

Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park

Metro station.

Metro station

It was early March: yellow oranges on the tree and flowering shrubs.

Kyoto
Kyoto

Kyoto at night.

Kyoto
Kyoto
Kyoto

The stone bridge leads to the Otami mausoleum.

The stone bridge
The stone bridge
The stone bridge

A huge statue of the goddess of mercy Ryozen-Kwannon is installed at the foot of green mountains of eastern Kyoto in commemoration of the Unknown soldier who died on the fields of World War II.

The height of the statue is 24 meters.

Ryozen-Kwannon
Ryozen-Kwannon
  • The five-storied pagoda To-ji is symbol of Kyoto. It's highest pagoda in Japan, measuring 57 m.
  • Nijo Castle is one of the finest examples of the early Edo period and the Momoyama culture in Japan.
  • The Buddhist Kiyomizu temple is located in eastern Kyoto. Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. It is famous for stage and waterfall. Not one nail is used in the whole temple.
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari, located at the base of a mountain also named Inari, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines.
  • Kodai-ji Temple, formally known as the Kodaijusho-zenji Temple, is located in the Higashiyama mountains of Kyoto.  It was established in 1605. Temple are famous for the "Kodaiji Makie", a well-known gold-relief lacquer work.
  • Yasaka Shrine (Yasaka-jinja), once called Gion Shrine, is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto. The shrine includes several buildings, including gates, a main hall and a stage. Yasaka Shrine welcomes thousands of people at holidays and festivals.
  • Higashi Honganji, officially known as Shinshu Honbyo, is the mother temple of the Shinshu Otani-ha branch of Jodo Shinshu (Shin Buddhism), whose founder is Shinran. It's one of the largest Buddhist denomination in Japan. The principal images of Sanjusangen-do temple are the 1001 statues of the Buddhist deity Kannon. 1000 standing statues of Kannon and one gigantic seated statues, placed at the center of the standing statues are housed in the temple hall.

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