Category Archives: Kyoto

Ride the Randen Tram to Exquisite and UNESCO Ninna-ji Temple

  The 100-year old Randen tram is the only tram or street car left in Kyoto. With transfers, the Randen stops near Ninna-ji Temple. Take the 7.2 kilometer/4.5 mile Randen Arashiyama Main Line from Shijo Omiya to Arashiyama in the

Arashiyama District Kyoto: UNESCO Tenryuji Temple Zen Garden

    It’s all about the zen garden at UNESCO Tenryuji Temple, one of Kyoto’s five great temples. There’s not much to see in the temple buildings, built and rebuilt many times over the centuries. Most of the current halls date

Kyoto Arashiyama District: Gio-ji Temple and Bamboo Forest

  There’s a short (or long) story about the founding of Gio-ji Temple, a Shingon Buddhist nunnery. Inside the small thatched building are wooden statues. Gio, her sister Ginyo, their mother Toji, and Hotoke-Gozen along with chief of the powerful Heike

Kyoto Arashiyama District: Old Houses and Gio-ji Moss Garden

  The road from Otaginenbutsuji to the Moss Garden led downhill on a small street. Saga Toriimoto Preserved Street (Torii Moto) is historic and lined with some traditional houses. Known simply as Torii-moto, the upper end of this street has

Kyoto Arashiyama District: Otaginenbutsuji (Otagi Nenbutsu-ji) Temple

    After many discussions with Oku Japan, we chose the Arashiyama District for our included private Kyoto day tour. Arashiyama is west of Kyoto Center and never included on a first-timer visit. It takes at least 30 minutes of any public

Visit My Favorite Teramachi Street in Fantastic Kyoto

  Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto is also known as the City of 10,000 Shrines. As one of the best preserved cities in Japan, I never tire of Kyoto. Travel & Leisure readers