Kyoto- Temples and Shrines (Part 2)

Part one of our Kyoto day tour consisted of Nijo Castle and the Golden Pavillion. For the second part of our tour, we visited the Heian Shrine and the Kiyomizu Temple.

Heian Shrine:

The Heian Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Kyoto. You can identify these shrines by their red-orange color. The Heian shrine was located in a very large complex.

DSC05684Main Entrance 

DSC05688Corner Building 

DSC05689The Heian Shrine

DSC05690Tiger Hand-washing Basin 

DSC05694Prayer Tree- Tie your prayers onto the tree 

Heian Shrine Garden:

As I said before, the Heian Shrine is located in a very large complex. Behind the shrine is a large, peaceful garden.

DSC05699Walking across the lake

 DSC05704Bridge over the lake 

DSC05706Bridge Entrance

DSC05708View of gardens from the bridge

Kiyomizu Temple:

The Kiyomizu Temple is a Buddhist temple on a hillside. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is quite interesting. To get there, you have to walk up a pedestrian alley of shops. Once the shops end, you will see a three-tiered pagoda and can follow the stairs to the top.

DSC05731Pagoda in front of Kiyomizu Temple

 DSC05738View of Kiyomizu Temple 

DSC05743View of the temple from below 

DSC05748Purchased some green tea KitKats at one of the shops

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