TEMPLE&SHRINE

Tanden-an Temple (Graffiti Temple)

Let’s Visit ‘Graffiti Temple’! Usually, you must not deface things in temples and shrines. It is regarded as a crime. However, in Kyoto, there is a temple where visitors can write their wishes on the […]

Otowa no Taki
TEMPLE&SHRINE

Autumn Leaves (Kiyomizu-Dera Temple)

Heavy Things in the Temple? Every autumn, a great number of people around the world visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple to see the incredible architecture with beautiful autumn leaves. I went there as well, and was overwhelmed […]

the odd torii gate
TEMPLE&SHRINE

Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine

a strange torii gate in downtown Have you ever seen such a torii (a traditional gate of a Japanese Shinto shrine)? The both sides are stuck into the walls! It is strange, but what is […]

the main hall of Gyoganji Temple from the entrance
TEMPLE&SHRINE

Gyoganji Temple

Why is Gyoganji Temple called ‘a temple of skin’? Do you know Gyoganji Temple near Kyoto Imperial Palace? The temple is also called Kodo, meaning ‘a temple of skin’. There is a folklore about it. […]