Top 25 Destinations in the World, #11
May 18, 2011
May 18, 2011
This photo of Kyoto is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Regardless of season, it’s hard not to succumb to romance as you wander Kyoto’s atmospheric streets, gaze at the glimmering Kinkaku-ji Pavilion, enjoy the traditional dances of the geisha or feast at restaurants over the Kamo River. Only Rome has more World Heritage Sites than the former Japanese capital. But happily unlike Rome, Kyoto maintains its calmness and romance even among throngs of summer tourists. (Editor’s note: Our list was compiled before Japan’s devastating earthquake of March 11, 2011. Kyoto did not sustain major damage, but we encourage all travelers to Japan to monitor travel alerts from their government.)
Visited the temple for 4 or 5 times and it is still a favorite attractions in Kyoto. Latest visit was 11NOV09, when the nature turned the maple leaves to brown, yellow and red, a fabulous backdrop of the temple. Although many said the temple can be visited any time of the year, mid Nov is perfect, the multi-colour of the leaves are absolutely stunning and the temperature is comfortable. I visited the temple twice on this trip. The temple now is opened in the evening (1830 and the entrance ticket is JPY500 in the evening). The wooden structure is litted up with floodlight and the pagoda at the entrance becomes a bright red giantic latern.
Arashiyama is a small town on the Oi River. Its moon-crossing bridge, Togetsu-kyo, is a beautiful, much-beloved wooden structure. Arishiyama also has Tenryu-ji temple, one of the 14 World Heritage Sites in Kyoto.
This photo of Sanjusangendo Hall is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Sanjusangendo contains one of the greatest examples of religious art in the world. It was once part of a large Buddhist complex known as the Rengeoin [“Lotus King Temple”]. The hall is dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist divinity that is believed to assist humans in distress and lead them to enlightenment. Kannon traditionally is believed to assume any of thirty-three forms to be of aid, hence the building symbolically has thirty-three bays and is called the thirty-three [“sanju-san”] bay [“gen”] hall [“do”].
Source: Trip Advisor