Walking around Kyoto Higashiyama // Yasaka Shrine / Chion-in

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5 minutes walk to Yasaka Shrine, 6 minutes walk to Chion-in, and a nice walk course in the morning.

The beginning of the day starts with a visit to Yasaka Shrine. Next, from the scenic spot of cherry blossoms Maruyama Park to Chion-in Sanmon. How about taking a rest in the large cathedral surrounded by the deep green of Mt. Kachō and taking a walk in the morning?

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Yasaka Shrine is a symbol of “Kyoto Gion”

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Yamahoko parade

Yasaka Shrine, which is popular with “Yasaka-san,” is also famous for the “Gion Festival,” a festival that represents Kyoto. The Yamahoko parade is a festival that was born 1100 years ago in hopes of eliminating the epidemic that spread all over the country. In Heiankyo Shinsen-en, the “Gion Goryoe”, which enshrines the deity with 66 halberds, started in connection with the 66 countries of the time, and various events were held during this period.


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Gion Matsuri // cut the Shimenawa, Hanagasa parade, Heron Dance

Raging soul, the tremendous power of the evil deity “Susanoo-no-Mikoto” disperses all illnesses.//Kyoto power spot of wrathful divine spirit.

Fulfillment of wishes //Yasaka Shrine where every prayers and wishes intersect 24 hours, 365 days.

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Somin Shorai descendants//Chimaki and Go through the ring of the Kaya

Chimaki of “Somin Shorai’s descendants” distributed at the Gion Festival. The origin is that Susao Nomikoto, who was in the middle of the trip, the deity gave a gift”cogon grass” for his warm hospitality ,it protected from the plague. Since then, the circle the Kaya and Chimaki are now a talisman for the extinction of the plague.

The descendant of Somin Shorai//Oharai(Ritual to pay for sin and filth) and Go through the ring of Kaya.

In Kyoto, the “Oharae Shiki” on June 30th and the ” Nagoshi Festival” on July 31st, the Kaya ring “Chinowa”, are summer traditions. The kaya attached to the waist replaces the kaya ring, leading to the custom of having the Japanese sweet “Minamizuki” containing azuki beans to dispel evil spirits.

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The main shrine where the blue dragon lives in a huge underground fountain

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The main shrine enshrines the main deity, Susanoo-no-Mikoto, his princess, Kushinadahime-no-Mikoto, and the child god, Yahashira-no-Mikogami. By the way, in the story that the people of the city tell, there is a large pond below this, and the water vein continues to Shinsen-en Garden, which is located to the west of Heiankyo. In addition, the pond has become a “dragon hole” where the blue dragon lives as a place where the energy of the earth gathers, and it has been said that it has protected the city since ancient times.

Central stage dance hall where countless events have been held

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Gagaku , Hanagasa parade, Setsubun

Higashiyama’s underground fresh water that constantly springs up

The fresh water flowing from the 36 peaks of Higashiyama is very soft and delicious.

”Beauty water” of the Three Goddesses of Munakata, where the groundwater of Higashiyama springs up

The Three Goddesses of Munakata are enshrined in Tagirihime, Tagitsuhime and Ichikishimahime. Ichikishimahime, who is said to be a particularly outstanding beauty, has been worshiped as a deity of wealth, performing arts, and beauty by learning from the seven deities of good fortune, Benzaiten and Kisshoten.

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Maruyama Park //An 89,000 ㎡ pond spring strolling garden at the foot of the 36 peaks of Higashiyama

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Weeping cherry blossoms in spring, maple autumn leaves and Chourakukan.

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Maruyama Park was born in 1887 (Meiji 20) as the first city park in Kyoto City with a total area of about 89,000 m2. The garden plan was compiled by architect Goichi Takeda, but in 1912 (Taisho 1st year) after the fire burned down, Ogawa Jihei created a Japanese garden with a pond spring strolling style. Maruyama Park is known as a famous place for cherry blossoms and is crowded with many people during the cherry blossom season. In the green garden surrounded by trees, there are statues of Ryoma Sakamoto and Shintaro Nakaoka, Chorakuji Temple, and a concert hall.

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Chion-in with a huge wooden Sanmon tower

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Castle next to Nijyo castle // Chion-in / The huge Sanmon is just like the main gate of the castle, and it is said that the purpose was to monitor the Imperial Palace from the second floor.

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Chion-in Sanmon//Built in 1621, the height is 24m, the largest existing Sanmon in Japan

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Chion-in, the head temple of the Jodo sect, opened by Honen Shonin, is surrounded by the nature of Higashiyama and has a beautiful landscape of cathedrals in the precincts of 73,000 tsubo. Sanmon, along with Higashi Honganji Mikagedo Gate and Nanzenji Sanmon, is one of the three major gates in Kyoto and boasts the largest size in Japan. The gate opens around 5 am at an early time, so it is perfect for an early morning walk. It was built mainly under the patronage of the third generation of the Tokugawa Shogunate, but Chion-in was built with Higashiyama as its back, more like a castle than Nijo Castle, and also had the purpose of being a military base.

Joya no kane of Chion-in, which is broadcast all over Japan every year .

The bell tower of Chion-in, which is said to have been built in 1678, is a bell that is very familiar to Japanese people as a joya no kane (New Year’s Eve bell ) . The size is 3.3 meters in height, 2.8 meters in diameter, and weighs about 70 tons. It is sown by 17 people.

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