Kyoto

  •  Tea plantations of Shirasu-Ishidera

    Tea plantations of Shirasu-Ishidera

    Kyoto Nature Industry・Technology Food

    In the south-east of the Yamashiro region, Wazuka is home to Uji tea plantations that run to the top of the mountain. With clean air and a chilly climate, there is a big difference in temperatures between day and night, and it's a perfect place to grow delicious tea. Wazuka was first planted with tea in the Kamakura period, and those pioneers hoed the slopes, growing tea plants and re-planting when the plants grew old. Through repeating this work unceasingly, the tea plantations and the village became one, creating a beautiful traditional Japanese landscape as Japan's "home of tea".

    Location:

    Wazuka, Soraku District, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Kasagiyama Sea of Clouds

    Kasagiyama Sea of Clouds

    Kyoto Nature

    At 289m, Kasagiyama is a small mountain. It's giant stones and unusual stones have been objects of faith for two thousand years. The mountaintop has been known as a ascetic training spot since ancient times. Even now, it is enjoyed by young and old alike as a hiking spot. In late autumn and early winter, on cold, clear mornings, the view from the top becomes a sea of clouds, a quiet and magical scene.

    Location:

    Kasagi, Soraku District, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Joruri-ji

    Joruri-ji

    Kyoto Nature History

    Centered on a pond shaped like the sanskrit letter "A, with the Healing Buddha in the east and the Amitabha Buddha in the west of the garden, this designated place of scenic beauty and history represents paradise. The main temple (a national treasure) contains a concealed buddhist statue of Kichijotennyo (an important cultural property), and nine seated Amida Buddha statues (national treasures), and another name for the temple is Kutaiji. The temple is number sixteen in the list of Kansai's flower temples, and flowers can be found blooming here throughout the four seasons.

    Location:

    Kizugawa City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Maizuru Brick Park

    Maizuru Brick Park

    Kyoto History Facilities・Townscapes

    Maizuru, known for its navy district, has many remaining red brick buildings, but the most recommended is the Maizuru Brick Park. Surrounded on three sides by red brick walls, the area is nostalgic and fun. A variety of events including concerts and shows are held inside the buildings, where an air of the early 1900s remains.

    Location:

    Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Goro Sky Tower

    Goro Sky Tower

    Kyoto Nature Facilities・Townscapes

    The Goro Sky Tower is the place to look out on a 360 degree panorama view of Maizuru, including Maizuru Port and the surrounding rias coastline. Chosen as the number one view in the Kinki Region 100 Famous Views, this spectacular view is worth a look.

    Location:

    Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Giant Oni-gawara  (Oe, Fukuchiyama City - inside Shutendoji no Sato)

    Giant Oni-gawara  (Oe, Fukuchiyama City - inside Shutendoji no Sato)

    Kyoto Facilities・Townscapes

    A giant oni-gawara, a roof tile decorated with the figure of a demon, marks the entrance of the Japanese Oni Exchange Museum, which displays information about oni, or demons, from around the world. The 5m tall, 10 ton "Oeyama Heisei no Ooni was made in an unprecedented way, constructed in parts by the nation's great oni-gawara artists, fired, and assembled here in Oeyama. The museum itself has the outside appearance of an oni. It really is all about demons. Don't miss it.

    Location:

    Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Sainokami Wisteria   (Minamiariji, Oe, Fukuchiyama City)

    Sainokami Wisteria  (Minamiariji, Oe, Fukuchiyama City)

    Kyoto Nature

    Coiled around a 2000 year-old zelkova tree, this wild blooming wisteria spreads for 30 meters in every direction. It's rare to find such a large wild wisteria, and the great twisting, stretching shape embodies the throbbing pulse of life itself. The zelkova itself is a shinto object of worship for the god of wisdom, "Sainokami", a guardian deity of travel and sailing, is also an object of faith for women's diseases and matchmaking.

    Location:

    Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Yaebeni Weeping Cherry Trees  (Hirano, Yakuno, Fukuchiyama City)

    Yaebeni Weeping Cherry Trees  (Hirano, Yakuno, Fukuchiyama City)

    Kyoto Nature

    Along the approach to the Kyoto Prefecture Ryokka Center, there are 25 weeping cherry trees that bloom in mid-April, creating a pink cherry blossom tunnel. It's lit-up at night, giving the impression of a flowing waterfall.

    Location:

    Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Nagaoka Tenmangu Hachijogaike Summer Lanterns

    Nagaoka Tenmangu Hachijogaike Summer Lanterns

    Kyoto Festivals・Events

    Every year on August 25, when the summer festival is held at Nagaoka Tenmangu, approximately 200 handmade lanterns are lined up along the bridge on Hachijogaike Pond. As night approaches, the gentle light from the lanterns creates a magical world. The reflection of the lanterns and the hexagonal pagoda in the water's surface, lighting up the night, is a beautiful sight that shouldn't be missed.

    Location:

    Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Komyo-ji

    Komyo-ji

    Kyoto Nature History

    It is the headquarters of Seizan Jodo Buddhism and believed to be built by Naozane Kumagai (Renjo), one of the disciples of Honen, in 1198. The temple, located at the foot of the green west mountains, is surrounded by nature for all four seasons. The temple is especially known for its breathtaking fall foliage and the tunnel of maple leaves, but the fresh green and the green leaves of the same maple tree in the summer as well as the snowscape in the winter are also a sight worth seeing.

    Location:

    Nagaoka City, Kyoto

  •  Nagaokakyo Garasha Festival

    Nagaokakyo Garasha Festival

    Kyoto History Festivals・Events

    This public festival is the most famous of Nagaokakyo City, based on the theme of the tale of love and emotion about the daughter of Akechi Mitsuhide, Tama (aka Hosokawa Garasha), who went to marry the eldest son of Hosokawa Fujitaka, Hosokawa Tadaoki. The festival is based on Tama's bridal procession, with a parade of people wearing historical costumes. The fun takes over the whole city with outdoor booths selling food, drink, and other items, and stage performances.

    Location:

    Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Bamboo Path

    Bamboo Path

    Kyoto Nature Facilities・Townscapes

    The Nishinooka Hill bamboo forest is located in the Northwest of the city, which is a known producer of high quality edible bamboo shoots. The "Take no Michi" bamboo path is planted with the moso bamboo that Muko City is famous for, and is maintained in order to preserve the landscape. Take no Michi features a bamboo fences made of bundles of bamboo called "takehogaki", and "kofungaki" fences made in the shape of ancient burial mounds, with a rounded top. The "kaguyagaki" fences are made in the image of the collar of the 12-layered kimono worn by Kaguya-hime of legend, and other original fence styles for a total of seven different kinds of bamboo fence that line the 1.8km bamboo forest road.

    Location:

    Muko City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Kyo no Tanabata (Horikawa Venue: from Oshikoji Street to Ichijo Modoribashi Bridge Kamogawa Venue: from Oike Street to Shijo Street)

    Kyo no Tanabata (Horikawa Venue: from Oshikoji Street to Ichijo Modoribashi Bridge Kamogawa Venue: from Oike Street to Shijo Street)

    Kyoto Festivals・Events

    As Tanabata is known as a time to make wishes, the theme of Kyoto's Tanabata festival is "The Wish", in this new Kyoto tradition, "Kyo no Tanabata". In addition to lit-up Tanabata decorations along the Horikawa and Kamogawa rivers, Many temples and shrines are also lit-up.
    *Photo shows a Milky Way of light, wind chime lanterns.

    Location:

    Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •   Yodogawa Kasen Park Sewaritei Area

    Yodogawa Kasen Park Sewaritei Area

    Kyoto Nature

    Sewaritei is a 1.4km embankment between the Kizugawa and Ujigawa rivers, located in South Kyoto Prefecture. It is a spot rich in natural habitat, with many wild birds. Each season brings a new landscape to enjoy, and spring is particularly beautiful. There are approximately 250 cherry trees planted along each side of the embankment, and when they bloom they create a never-ending pink tunnel: an otherworldly, magical scene. In autumn, the cherry leaves turn red, and the area takes on a new atmosphere. On clear days, it's a good spot for a picnic, and in designated areas, visitors can do barbecuing for free.

    Location:

    Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Iwashimizu Hachimangu

    Iwashimizu Hachimangu

    Kyoto History

    Built to protect the Southwest corner of the capital, also known as the unlucky quarter, this role was transferred to it from Usamiya in 859. It is one of Japan's three great Hachiman shrines. The rare Hachiman-style shinto shrine is a nationally designated important cultural property, and the precint is also designated a national historical site. Additionally, the Otokoyama mountain where the Ishiwashimizu Hachimangu grounds are located has beautiful cherry blossoms and fall leaves, and Mt. Tennozan, and the point where three rivers Katsuragawa, Ujigawa, and Kizugawa merge can be seen from the viewing platform.

    Location:

    Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Japanese-style Wedding (Shimogamo Shrine)

    Japanese-style Wedding (Shimogamo Shrine)

    Kyoto Nature History Festivals・Events

    Currently popular with Chinese couples for wedding photos is the Japanese-style wedding ceremony (wakon). Japan's old capital of Kyoto is the ideal location for this. Kyoto has many historical shrines and temples such as Kamigamo Shrine, as well as other historical buildings such as the former Kyoto Prefectural Government building. It is a perfect place to make lifelong memories.

    Location:

    Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Japanese-style Wedding (Kamigamo Shrine)

    Japanese-style Wedding (Kamigamo Shrine)

    Kyoto History Festivals・Events

    Currently popular with Chinese couples for wedding photos is the Japanese-style wedding ceremony (wakon). Japan's old capital of Kyoto is the ideal location for this. Come to Kyoto, with its many historical shrines and temples of which Kamigamo Shrine is just one, as well as other historical buildings such as the former Kyoto Prefectural Government building, makes it a perfect place to make lifelong memories.

    Location:

    Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Kyoto Aquarium

    Kyoto Aquarium

    Kyoto Nature Facilities・Townscapes

    Kyoto's first aquarium was completed in March 2012, built in the old capital which is enclosed on three sides by mountains, under the concept of "Life Connected by Water". With Kyoto's unique river culture as a background, and the connection between the headwaters in the mountains and the sea, many living creatures are connected in an ecosystem-style presentation.

    Location:

    Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

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