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Northwest Kyoto offers some of the quintessential temples in the ancient capital that must be seen when visiting Kyoto. There are over 1600 temples in Kyoto, and taking a day trip into the Northwest corner offers an insightful look into Buddhist history. Of course, there are temples throughout most of the city of Kyoto, but those in the Northwest region offer a glimpse into history that visitors won’t find elsewhere.
One of the most impressive temples in the city is the Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion. Built in the fourteenth century, the temple was originally retirement villa for the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. After his death in 1408, the structure became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect. The impressive structure is built overlooking a large point. The top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf, which inspired its nickname “Golden Pavilion.” Sadly, only one section of the original structure remains, as the complex has been ravaged by fire several times in its history. It was most recently rebuilt in 1955, after a fanatic monk set fire to a large section of the temple.
After visiting the Kinkaku-ji temple, it’s imperative to stop at the most celebrated and famous garden, the Ryoan-ji. Despite its simple construction of stone and sand, Ryoan-ji is an important example of dry garden design, and was designed and built by sensui sawaramono or riverbank gardeners, and Zen monks. Most of it was destroyed in the Onin war. The present structure dates back to 1488, when it was rebuilt following a fire.
Not far from Ryoan-ji, you’ll find the Ninna-ji temple, which is listed as a World Heritage Site. The temple is built in the style of an imperial palace, surrounded by beautiful rock and pond gardens. As one of the less visited temples, it’s often not as crowded as others in the area, and invites contemplative strolls through its quiet grounds. As there has been a long history of an emperor’s son serving as the abbot, the grounds are beautifully kept, and the temple has served as an important religious site, serving many different sects of Buddhism throughout the centuries.
Northwest Kyoto is a large area. It is best to travel around via bus, taxi, or bicycle, as the distances between sites are long. Despite the inconvenience of needing transportation between attractions, don’t skip the area, which very much demonstrates why Kyoto is a top destination for tourists, and especially for those interested in history.
from JR YAMASHINA make the 5-minute trip on any train to KYOTO station, then take the direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 for about 40 minutes and for 230 yen
TEMMA and OGIMACHI(OSAKA)
The JR Kansai Airport Rapid Service line from TEMMA is the best starting point, then transfer at OSAKA to the JR Kyoto Line Local to SHIN-OSAKA. Transfer again to the SHINKANSEN HIKARI 470 for the journey to KYOTO. It will take about 35 minutes with 2 transfers at a cost of approximately ¥2,970. From KYOTO take the direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 for about 40 minutes and for 230 yen.
NARA and KINTETSUNARA
Take the Kintetsu Ltd. Exp. train (for extra cost for a reserved seat) to KYOTO. It will take about 41 minutes at a cost of approximately ¥1,130. From KYOTO take the direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 for about 40 minutes and for 230 yen.
Walk 19 minutes to KINTETSUNARA station, then take the Kintetsu Ltd. Exp. train (for extra cost for a reserved seat) to KYOTO. It will take about 41 minutes at a cost of approximately ¥1,130. From KYOTO take the direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 for about 40 minutes and for 230 yen.
Take the Osaka City Subway Midosuji Line to UMEDA. Walk 5 minutes from UMEDA to the OSAKA station, and JR Special Rapid Service to KYOTO. The train journey takes 52 minutes with 1 transfer at a cost of ¥840. From KYOTO take the direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 for about 40 minutes and for 230 yen.
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