The treasures of Kyoto, in Japan, are innumerable because this is one of the imperial cities par excellence, a place where the ancient Japanese culture shows its high point. Kyoto is home to numerous spaces that have been declared a World Heritage Site. Temples and wonderful constructions that seem the result of fantasy.
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We will take a short walk to discover some of the treasures of Kyoto, those that focus the attention of tourists and that keep the essence of Japanese culture and traditions. Are you ready?
1. Fushimi Inari Taisha, the most popular goddess templeFushimi Inari Taisha - Sean Pavone
It is a magnificent Shinto shrine. Not surprisingly, Shintoism is one of the most extensive and followed religions in Japan. According to their legends, the forces of nature are nothing other than the personifications of deities.
Specific, This temple is dedicated to the goddess Oinari, the deity of success, as well as some crops and animals, such as rice or foxes. In fact, it is usually represented with figures of this animal.
The most striking of this monastery are its hundreds of typical Japanese arcades. These are called torii and serve as markers of separation between the mundane world and the sacred world. Temples usually have a maximum of one pair, however, those dedicated to Oinari usually have lots of them forming corridors.
"Go wherever you go, go with all your heart."
2. The Golden Pavilion, the most visited sanctuaryKinkaku-ji - Sean Pavone
The original name of the Golden Pavilion by which this temple is known in Japanese is Kinkakuji. However, its original denomination is Rokouon-ji. It is one of the most historical monuments of the city of Kyoto.
Initially, rose as a private space for a commander of the Japanese army. Years later it was transformed into a Zen sanctuary, but currently it does not fulfill this function either. It has won a higher position, that is, shariden.
The temple has a beautiful yellow color. The golden tones, as well as its name, come from the gold leaf that covers its outer walls. It is located in a spectacular natural location, where its lake and its groves stand out.
His visit is very curious and interesting because thanks to it we can better understand what life was during the Japanese Middle Ages. The samurai feudal style attracts attention in all its decoration.
3. The Kyoto Imperial PalaceImperial Palace Gardens - Aaron Choi
Although it holds the title of imperial palace, this property does not serve as the emperor's residence. It is located inside a large natural park called Kyoto Gyoen.
What remains of this palace is not the true imperial palace in which Emperor Kogen lived. What can be visited is just one of the exterior buildings. It has nothing to do with what was the old historical complex. At present there are only reconstructions. Anyway, it remains one of Kyoto's treasures.
If we want to do this tour, we have to make a visit request. We can do it through your website. It is necessary to remember that we must ask for it at least 3 months in advance.
Kyoto TowerKyoto Tower - picotan
The Kyoto Tower is the tallest building in this metropolis. Its highest part serves as an observatory, and from there you can see a perfect panorama of the entire city. On the clearest days you can see even the nearby town of Osaka.
It was built in 1964 to celebrate the Olympic Games of that year and with a design by the architect Mamoru Yamada. At your feet, on the underground floor, we can enjoy some typical Japanese spa baths.
It is another of the treasures of Kyoto, although the truth is that there are those who love it and who hate it. In any case, we must approach it because it is part of the physiognomy of the city. The climb costs between 5 and 10 euros, depending on whether we buy them for children or adults.