What to Expect
Kyoto was the ancient capital of Japan from 794 over one thousand years.
I would like to introduce you Higashiyama, the east area of Kyoto.
I will take you to Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Shijyodori, Kenninji Temple, Nishiki Market and Nijyo Castle.
Kiyomizu Temple literally means "Clean Water Temple." It is built over a cliff and is famous for its wide veranda and tall wooden pillars. From the veranda, there is a panoramic view of Kyoto. The Otowa waterfall is at the foot of the cliff. The water is channeled into three streams. Have you ever heard of the meaning of three streams ?
You can enjoy walking Sannenzaka slope lined with souvenior shops and reataurants. You see the five-story pagoda called "Yasaka-no-to", the symbol of Higashiyama. If you like, you can rent kimono for about 3,000 to 5,000 yen and
Soon you reach to Yasaka Shrine. Yasaka Shrine is dedicated to the worship of Susano-no-Mikoto who is thought to protect people from evil and bring success in business. Gion Festival, one of the three major festivals in Japan, is a festival of this shrine in July.
Shijo dori is one of the most busiest streets in Kyoto. The street from Shijyo Ohashi to Yasaka Shrine is lined with traditional souvenir shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Gion corner is close to this street. With luck you might see Geisha or Maiko.
Kenninji Tenple is the first Zen temple in Kyoto. The temple possesses many important work of art including theceiling painting "Soryuzu", or "twin dragons", and a ceramic replica of the famous "Wind and Thunder Gods."
Walking from Gion about 20 minutes take you to Nishiki Market, one of the three major markets in Japan. The market offers a wide variety of ingredients such as fish, Kyo vegetables and pickles.
You can have sushi, Japananese noodles including udo and soba, or tempura for lunch at Shijyo dori or Nishiki Market.
Nijo castle served as the residence of the Tokugawa family and their retainers when they visited Kyoto. However in 1867 Japanese historical event was held at Nijyo Castle. The 15th shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu returned his power to the emperor and next year Japan officially started to become a modern state.
I am looking forward to joining my tour of Kyoto.