What to Expect
Kinkakuji Temple is more familiar to foreign tourists as "The Temple of the Golden Pavillion". It was built during the 14th century on the grounds of a mountain villa belonging to Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Golden Pavilion can be seen both in its natural form and as an upside-down image on the pond.
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 Nijo Castle. The 15th shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu returned his power to the emperor and next year Japan officially started to become a modern state.
Fushimi Inari Shrine founded in the early 8th century is very popular shrine. On the average, as many as 2.7 million people pay their first visit to this shrine during the first three days of January every year. You can pass through Senbontorii or one thousand shrine gates.
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 ?
The street from Shijo 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 Geiko and Maiko.
Please join the golden route of Kyoto !!