One of the famous temples in Kyoto is Rokuonji-Temple,
which has the famous building as a world cultural heritage, called "Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)."
The elegant, harmonious building consists of three types of architecture, such as the palace style on the 1st floor, the style of the samurai house on the 2nd floor, and Zen temple style on the 3rd floor.
Both the 2nd and 3rd floors are covered with gold-leaf on Japanese lacquer. The roof, upon which the Chinese phoenix settles, is thatched with shingles.
In "Ryoanji-Temple", a simple rock garden, consisting only of white sand and fifteen rocks,
laid out at the end of the 15th century, is acknowledged to be one of the masterpieces of Japanese culture.
Its simple beauty will inspire philosophical meditation.
The rectangular Zen garden is completely different from the gorgeous gardens of court nobles constructed in the Middle Ages.
"Ryoanji-Temple" is also known as one of the famous world cultural heritages.
"Kiyomizu-Temple" is located at the splendid spot called mt.Otowa, one of the Kyoto's east mountains,
commanding the grand panoramic view of the whole Kyoto city.
This temple was founded by the greatest priest in the 8th century and the present structures rebuilt in the 17th century.
Main sanctuary is very unique among temple architectures and even a model of wooden buildings in Japan.

[Waterfall] Moreover, stepping down the stone-steps at the eastern side of the main sanctuary,
you come to the waterfall widely known as "Otowa-No-Taki" of pure water, streaming down incessantly thousands of year.
"Ginkakuji-Temple" was established in 1482 by Yoshimasa, the 8th Muromachi Shogunate.
Yoshimasa, following Kinkakuji-Temple built by his grandfather, Yoshimitsu, built villa Higashiyama den to spend his retired life.
Ginkakuji is the common name, and formally it was called Higashiyama-Jisyouji.
Higashiyama den is the place where Higashiyama culture formed mainly by Yoshimasa started, and is the start of modern life style of the Japanese.
Magnificent hills covered in a ray of sunlight are in harmony with the historical bridge, Togetsu-kyo, in Arashi-yama.
In this famous place, known for summer retreats, there are attractive temples and shrines.
Tourists often feel a calm sense of enlightenment while enjoying foods by foot as they enjoy the scenery.
Along the road are souvenir and food shops for added enjoyment.
Not in the mood to walk? Japanese rickshaws are available upon request.
The shrine, "Kitano-Tenman-gu," enshrines Sugawa Michizane, who is worshipped as the patron of learning because of his great learning during his life time.
Therefore, large numbers of students, who take entrance examinations,
from many parts of Japan come over to the shrine in order to homage to him because they want to get power (of studying skills) from him every year.

Moreover, in this shrine, on 25th of every month, there is a fair, called "Tenjin-san." There are about 1,000 street stalls (, like a Free Market!)
along both sides of the main street of this shrine on that day.



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