Category Archives: KYOTO

Sen-oku Hakuko-kan Museum

Sen-oku Hakuko Kan Museum, known as the Sumitomo Collection, is located in a quiet residential area, Shishigatani, noted for its beautiful scenic view of the Higashiyama mountain range. Entrance. Lobby. Rest space. Inner garden. From the inner garden you can enjoy beautiful scenery of Higashiyama mountains. This time, I went to see this presentation: “Arts and… Read More »

Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple

Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple is located in located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. It’s origin dates back in 951, founded by buddhist priest Kuya. This temple is rather compact, but has been  considered very important among Buddhists. Here is the 17th spot of the pilgrimage to the thirty-three Kannon temples in western Japan. And if you are interested in Japanese… Read More »

Okochi Sanso Garden

Okochi Sanso is located in Sagano, west side of Kyoto City. It was the private villa of the famous silent-film era actor, Okochi Denjiro(1898-1962). He was such a star actor, and at the same time, deep admire of Zen philosophy. He constructed this unique garden villa on the south side of Mount Ogura for over… Read More »

Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji was established in 1339 by the shogun Ashikaga Takauji (1305-1358) in memory of Emperor Go-Daigo (1288-1339), with the great Zen master Muso Soseki (1275-1351) appointed as founding abbot. It was designated the top of Kyoto’s Five Mountains (the city’s five major Zen temples), and the rank remains the same today. Since its founding, Tenryu-ji has been… Read More »

Shosei-en Garden

Shosei-en Garden is a detached garden of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, and it is located within 10 minutes walk from Kyoto station! It dates back in 1641, with support of Tokugawa Shogunate. This beautiful garden was designed by Ishikawa Jozan, and it has been a retreat palace for noble priests of Higashi Hongan-ji. This huge space… Read More »

Sennyu-ji Temple

Sennyu-ji is Japanese imperial temple, which has graves of successive  emperors. It dates back in 1226, however, completely destroyed during civil war in mid 15th century. Restored in 17th century, and in 1818, Gozasho ( emperor’s rest house) was also relocated here. Grand Gate (Important Cultural Asset) Behind the gate, you will see the Dharma Hall.… Read More »