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Daikaku-ji Temple is located in the north-east of Sagano area and it is known to be the land where Emperor Saga had his imperial villa during the early Heian Era. He established this temple and a deity called Myoou is the main Buddha of this temple. 30 years after his death, a princess changed the imperial villa to temple and this was officially called Daikaku-ji. This temple had strong relationships with the politics during the Kamakura Era. This temple is often used in the movies and promotion videos because it is near to Uzumasa Film Studio which is famous for the traditional Japanese entertainment. Site


In 1595, Monk Nisshin founded this temple at Ogura-yama (Mt. Ogura) as his refuge. This area was known for its poetical associations or this area would often be described in classical Japanese poems “waka“. From this temple, you can see almost all the Kyoto city, such as Sagano, Kinugasa-yama (Mt. Kinugasa), Hiei-zan (Mt. Hiei), Daimonji-yama (Mt. Daimonji), Otowa-yama (Mt. Otowa). In autumn, all leaves of trees there turn into red-yellow. This is really silent but tasteful temple. Site


Adashi-no Nenbutsu-ji temple is located in northern Sagano area in north west of Kyoto city and is famous for its unique atmosphere. It is a Jodo-shu sect temple. It is a traditional graveyard which has a history since the Heian Era and there are two other main graveyards in Northern area and Eastern area of ancient capital Kyoto. It has its origin when Archbishop Kukai grieved for the irrelevant Buddha to this temple. There are more than 8000 Stone Buddha placed in this temple. There are several religious rituals held in 24th June, 23rd & 24th August, 23rd November, and on the 24th every month. All of them have different …


Ohkouchi-sanso Villa was built by Denjiro Ohkouchi (1898~1962) who was a Japanese actor. In Japan, there is a very famous anthology “The Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets” and Ogurayama (Mt. Ogura) which Ohkouchi-sanso Villa is building on is the stage of it. He was so impressed by the view from there so he was eager to keep the beauty forever. He decided to build Ohkouchi-sanso Villa as a cottage. You can enjoy the view of Arashiyama, Hozu-kyo (Hozu Valley), Hiei-zan (Mt. Hiei) and Kyoto city from Ogurayama. You can also enjoy the garden of Ohkouchi Sanso Villa with green tea.


Arashiyama area was a peaceful cottage country for nobility and monks. Even now, at deeper inside of this area you can feel country-like atmosphere. Togetsu-kyo Bridge is one of main attractions. You can enjoy panoramic view from there. The name of this bridge “Togetsu” means crossing the moon. More than 1,300 years ago, Emperor Kameyama enjoyed boating at night in Arashiyama. At that time, he found the moon refrecting in the river and he felt as if he was crossing the bridge. The bridge was named after this story.


It is highly recommend to visit here in the morning. There are only few people in the morning and you can enjoy bamboo gloves all to yourself. In the afternoon, there might be crowded by many people than bamboo. Furthermore, you can enjoy the brightness of vivid green bamboo through mist and it is amazing. You will feel as if you were in a movie. It is cooler than outside of bamboo forest, so you can be relaxed by walking through this path.


In 1339 Emperor Godaigo passed away. In order to hold a memorial service for him, Shogun Ashikaga Takauji started to change Kameyama house into a Zen temple. However, he didn’t have enough money to construct this temple, so he started trading with The Yuan dynasty and earned money. Since the ship named Tenryu-ji-sen was used while trading, this temple was named after that ship. Even though Takauji and Emperor Godaigo had been hostile each other before his death, Takauji hold a memorial service for him following virtue of Samurai. Sougenchi garden in it is a pond-strolling garden that you can walk around the pond. This garden that was created by …


Hougon-in Temple is sub-temple of Tenryu-ji Temple. This temple was built by Hosokawa Yoriyuki in 1461. The temple has a pond strolling style garden, and you can enjoy great atmosphere by walking, hearing birds’ warbling and wind’s blowing. You can also enjoy beauty of four seasons here in this temple. Especially the garden in spring and autumn is amazing. In spring, cherry blossoms bloom and trees turned into red and yellow in autumn. Hougon-in Temple is open to the public only part of the spring and autumn period. Picture: (C) cma Site

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