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Private Scholar-led Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape
"Make your way to the northwest corner of Kyoto and meet your private guide — a local scholar — at Kinkaku-ji Temple known as the Golden Pavilion. With a wide array of well-preserved temples Kyoto is an ideal environment for exploring the Zen gardens and Japanese landscapes that have become world-renowned since Japan’s emperors ruled during the Muromachi period. Throughout your 3-hour private walking tour your expert guide will focus on Japa which was a former private villa during the 13th and 14th centuries learn how Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu purchased and transformed the land. Visit the lush gardens as your guide delves into villa garden design from approximately 1337 to 1573. Mirror Pond which reflects the pavilion and contains numerous man-made islands is a prime example of the use of water and stone in the environment. While here
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Scholar-led Small-Group Kyoto Walking Tour: Japanese Gardens and Landscape
"In the morning or afternoon meet your small group at the Golden Pavilion also called Kinkaku-ji located in the northwest corner of Kyoto. Throughout your 3-hour walking tour a scholarly guide will focus on Japanese garden design during the Muromachi period an era when Japanese culture — including the development of Zen Buddhism — flourished. With its high ratio of well-preserved temples Kyoto is a perfect environment for exploring the landscapes that have become a staple of Japan since the time of emperors and nobles.Starting at the Zen Buddhist temple which was a former private villa during the 13th and 14th centuries
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"Kyoto Morning Tour: Kyoto Imperial Palace
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Myoshinji Temple Tips (3)

Myoshinji's Taizo-in Temple

Taizo-in is a subtemple located within the Myoshinji Temple Complex. It is the oldest structure in the Myoshinji complex, and arguably it's also the most interesting.

The temple houses one of the oldest ink paintings in the entire nation, the famous painting "Catching a Catfish With a Gourd" (Hyonenzu) by Josetsu. It is prominently featured right on the outside of the main temple building.

Continuing to explore the temple, you'll pass a pleasant Zen rock garden before reaching the Yokoen Garden. The view of the garden is absolutely gorgeous! With the painting, dry landscape garden, and Yokoen Garden, Taizo-in proves its worth threefold! Perfect for those wanting to go somewhere that is worthwhile but without the tourist crowds found at some of Kyoto's other attractions.

Entrance is 500 yen.

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Jul 25, 2010

Myoshinji Temple

Myoshinji is the head temple of the largest sect of Rinzai Buddhism. Although it's not one of the official 5 Great Zen Temples of Kyoto, it is unofficially one of the best!

The history of the temple began in the 14th century. It was rebuilt in 1477 after it was destroyed during the Onin Wars. The subtemples are highly worthwhile (see other tips), but it is also a good idea to take the short tour of the main hall.

Inside the main hall you will see the large dragon painting by Kano Tanyu . You will see these at other major Zen temples (ex: Kenninji, Nanzenji, etc.), but they are always impressive and Myoshinji's is the largest! The eyes of the dragon follow you wherever you move. You will also see the nation's oldest temple bell. The tour ends at a bath house. Tours run every 20 minutes from 9:10AM to 3:40PM (except at 12 they only have a 12:30 tour).

Visitors are free to roam the temple grounds whenever they like, but the tour costs 500 yen. Subtemples also have their own entrance fees. Many offer Zen meditation.

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Sep 26, 2010

Myoshinji's Keishun-in Temple

Keishun-in is one of Myoshinji's subtemples, known for its garden. It was built in 1598. You can walk through the temple to see the tea house and then through the gardens. The walkway is nice, but to be honest, the temple's garden is not really that impressive. If you come to Myoshinji, Taizo-in is a much better option.

Entrance is 400 yen.

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