Kyoto was the capital of Japan since 794 A.D. This made Kyoto one of the most unique cities to visit in Japan. There are a lot of historical sites from the past that we can visit. Somehow, it feels like there is a mysterious aura that covers most parts of this city, and that makes Kyoto unique. There are many best places to visit in Kyoto, and it will be best if we know the list of places that we want to visit during a vacation to Kyoto. Because of that, in this article, we will talk about recommended places to visit when you’re having a vacation to Kyoto.
Kitano Tenmangu Temple
I bet some of the readers here are fans of anime series. Well, most anime that take place in schools often have a study tour in the second or third year. Most of the study tour parts in anime went to Kyoto, and the students will definitely visit and pray in Kitano Tenmangu Temple.
Actually, there are a lot of Tenmagu Temples across Japan, and Tenmangu Temples in Japan are around 12.000 temples. However, this Kitano Tenmangu Temple in Kyoto is different. This temple is the central or main temple of all Tenmangu Temples in Japan. The Tenmangu Temples are the place for praying to the God of Education, Teijin. Teijin himself is the deification of Sugawara no Michizane. Because of that, a lot of students visit this temple with the hope that their study becomes smooth and successful, especially for third-year students before they face the last exams.
Other than the deity of God of Education, Kitano Tenmangu Temple is famous for its plum garden. In certain seasons, this garden is open for the public, and we can taste a glass of green tea while enjoying the scenery of this garden. There is also a statue of a cow in this temple. It was said that the cow is related to the Sugawara no Michizane. Whoever rubs the head of the cow, they said good luck will come to you. Also, on the 25 of every month, this temple holds many kinds of festivals. This made Kitano Tenmangu Temple one of the best places to visit in Kyoto.
This temple has another name as Kyoo Gokokuji. This temple is the central temple of the Buddhist sect with the name of Shingon Mikkyo. It was built during the age of Emperor Saga’s leadership by a monk named Kobo-Daishi Kukai in 796 A.D.
The official name of this temple is Rokuonji. It was built in 1397, and it was used as the residence of the third generation of Shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The interior and exterior are made of gold. So, visitors will be amazed when they see this temple from across the lake.
Eikando, or so be called by Zenrinji Temple, was built in 863 A.D. Because of its beauty, this temple is often mentioned in literary works during the Heian age. This temple is famous for its Momiji or the maple trees. The god that worshiped here Mikaeri Namida Nyorai.
Tenryuji Temple is a Zen temple in Arashiyama. It was built by a Shogun named Ashikaga Takauji in 1339 as a Rinzai school. Meanwhile, the garden around this temple, Sogenchi Teien, was built by a monk Muso Soseki, and it was appointed as the first historical site in Japan with a unique scenery. The dragon’s painting in the ceiling of this temple made it become one of the best places to visit in Kyoto.