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I was most keen to see the ceiling of this monastery. The famous blood ceiling. I arrived early and was in the process of removing my shoes when a lady approached me and my wife. She stated that no photographs were allowed. I agreed and...More
I saw this small temple just near to Sanjusangendo so I wanted to visit it, as I usually prefer non-touristic places. I took of my shoes and was waiting to pay the entrance, when a Japanese woman basically told me to go away and that...More
As I was making my way to their more famous neighbour, I came across this quiet little place. I was welcomed in by a pleasant young man despite not being Japanese and given an English translation of their information sheet. A small tour was in...More
"Japanese access only". That is what we were told by an officious woman at the entrance to this temple.
Obviously I can understand if a religious site is closed to the public, or if entry is limited to worshipers when a religious rite is under...More
This is a famous temple, because it has bloodstains on the ceiling from an ancient battle where many samurai committed suicide after a defeat. VERY creepy yet cool, too.
A note of warning, English is NOT spoken here. We arranged some university students to come...More
The blood-stained criling is very cool, and the history behind it (along with a number of other items/rooms in the temple) is very interesting. Unfortunately, there is no English guide or paperwork available so we were lucky to have a private guide with us. Otherwise,...More
On the way to Sanjusangendo we glanced into the garden of a temple across the street - Yōgen-in.
We saw the most spectacular sakura. It was by no means the oldest nor the biggest, but it cascaded down a slight hill magnificently.
The tree was being...More
If you have been interested in Japanese history or the fate of Japanese Castles then you will want to visit this little temple. Down the side street next to Sanjusangendo and just behind the Hyatt Regency this little temple can be easily missed. This temple...More
A perfect little temple, just across the road from Sanjusangendo and so much quieter. I've been twice, fifteen years apart, and it still moves me. No one speaks English, the commentary is on a cassette player, but the painted screens are wonderful as is the...More
We were. Wandering around Kyoto, this little,rather deserted temple was evocative. Not too well maintained,it had the air of promise thst se places of true magic possess. We went down the path to find non English speaking guides, but they were so helpful,so kind in...More