What to Expect
This tour includes visiting Byodoin,Fushimi Inari in Rakunan,Heian Jingu Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple in Rakuto.
Byodoin is located in Uji city and founded by Fujiwara Yorimichi in 1,052. Hoo-do(Phoenix Hall) is famous for the design of Japanese ten yen coin and retains original building in spite of several fires due to civil wars and lightning strikes since 1,053.
Uji is also famous for Uji-cha(green tea). We stop by Nakamuraya cafe to enjoy matcha flavored sweets.Let's discuss Jodoshinko(belief in Jodo) which prays for peaceful death and rebirth in Gokuraku(nirvana).
Fushimi Inari enshrines the deity of good harvest and was founded early Nara period dating back 1,300 years and ten thousands of Torii gates are donated by worshipers such as business man and religious families. You may climb up to the summit of Inari mountain passing through the vermilion colored Torii gates in about an hour.
Heian Jingu Shrine was founded in 1,895 in memory of the 1,100th anniversary of the relocation of the capital to Heian-kyo. You may appreciate the splendor of Heian-kyo Palace from the reconstructed buildings including Daigoku-den,Oute-mon gate,Soryu-ro,Byakko-ro,Horo and Ryubi-dan. Typical Japanese landscape garden called Shin-en is famous for weeping cherry blossoms,Water Iris and Japanese Iris in spring and autumn leaves.
Kiyomizu Temple was founded by priest Enchin in 778 and built by the Commander in Chief of the Expeditionary Force of Sakanoue Tamuramaro in 780. Almost all the buildings were burnt down nine times in the fire since establishment and the existing buildings were reconstructed in 1,633. Hondo(Main Hall) is famous for its extra terrace called "Kiyomizu no Butai" and designated as national treasure.(Hondo is under renovation of cypress bark roof till 2,020.) At Otowa Waterfall, people pray for academic achievement,fulfillment in love and longevity. Koyasu-to was believed to have been the prayer place for Emperor Shomu and Empress Komyo and Koyasu Kannon(guardian diety of safe childbirth) statue is enshrined inside the pagoda.
I will explain about the origin and the history of Kiyomizu Temple and hidden stories behind the scenes.