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Mizumuke jizō (水向地蔵) at Okunoin (奥の院), The Mausoleum of Kūkai on Kōyasan. Statues of various Buddhist deities all lined up in  front of the river. Many people where pouring water on the statues and praying for the repose of their deceased loved ones. #Kongōbuji, #金剛峯寺, #高野山, #KōbōDaishi, #弘法大師
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The majestic Konpon Daitō (根本大塔) Pagoda part of the Danjo Garan (壇上伽藍) complex on Mount Kōya (高野山) in Wakayama-ken (和歌山県), Japan. This pagoda is the largest building on Kōyasan and originally constructed in 876. It took 40 years to build and stands 48. meters high. Although it was destroyed several times it has always been rebuilt. The present structure dates back to 1937. #Kongōbuji, #金剛峯寺, #高野山, #KōbōDaishi, #弘法大師
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The Daimon (大門) at the entrance to the sacred sites on Mount Kōya (高野山) in Wakayama-ken (和歌山県), Japan. The gate was reconstructed in its present form in 1705 and is flanked by two Fierce looking Niō (仁王) statues.  #Kongōbuji, #金剛峯寺, #MtKōya, #高野山, #KōbōDaishi, #弘法大師
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With “Golden Week” approaching and fine spring weather promised, perhaps you’d like to take a trip into the country side. Oyamazaki is a small town at the foot of Mt.Tennōzan and with only 270 meters high an easy reachable goal. There is lots of history, some of it dating back 1200 years ago. Read on if you are game, happy hiking and have a splendid “Golden WeeK”!  
http://www.kyotodreamtrips.com/2015/04/28/hiking-mt-tennozan-in-yamazaki-townkyoto/
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Temizuya (手水舎) and in the background the entrance to Rikyu Hachiman-gū (離宮八幡宮) in Yamazaki town, Kyoto-fu. The shrine used to be the Imperial villa of Emperor Saga (嵯峨天皇) and was founded by Emperor Seiwa (清和天皇) in 859. #Kyoto, #hiking, #Yamazaki, #天王山, #Tennōzan, #天王山,
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Saitō (西塔) or Western Pagoda, it was built by Shinzen (真然) in 887 and stands 27.3 meters high. The current structure dates from 1834. #Kongōbuji, #金剛峯寺, #高野山, #KōbōDaishi, #弘法大師
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Entrance to Kongōbu-ji (金剛峯寺), the cherry trees are still blossoming when I visited last Wednesday. This gate is the oldest building in the Kongōbu-ji complex, dating back to 1593.  In the past, the only people who could enter and exit from this front gate were the emperor, royalty, and the chief priests of Kōyasan. #Kongōbuji, #金剛峯寺, #高野山, #KōbōDaishi, #弘法大師
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A most impressive site at the Kongōbu-ji temple grounds (金剛峯寺), the Banryūtei (蟠龍庭) rock garden. On the pamphlet it says that this is the largest karesansui (枯山水-"dry landscape garden”) in Japan. There are 140 granite stones arranged to suggest a pair of dragons emerging from clouds to protect the temple.  #Kongōbuji, #金剛峯寺, #高野山, #KōbōDaishi, #弘法大師
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Guess where I am today? Koyasan in wakayama ken
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Any person may visit a shrine and one need not be Shinto to do this. Doing so is called Omairi. Typically there are a few basic steps to visiting a shrine. At the entrance gate, bow respectfully before passing through. At the Temizuya (手水舎), perform Temizu: take the dipper in your right hand and scoop up water. Pour some onto your left hand, then transfer the dipper to your left hand and pour some onto your right hand. Transfer the dipper to your right hand again, cup your left palm, and pour water into it, from which you will take the water into your mouth (never drink directly from the dipper), silently swish it around in your mouth (do not drink), then quietly spit it out into your cupped left hand (not into the reservoir). Then, holding the handle of the dipper in both hands, turn it vertically so that the remaining water washes over the handle. Then replace it where you found it.
Approach the shrine; if there is a bell, you may ring the bell first (or after depositing a donation); if there is a box for donations, leave a modest one in relation to your means; then bow twice, clap twice, and hold the second clap with your hands held together in front of your heart for a closing bow after your prayers.
Be sincere and respectful to the staff and other visitors, and if at all possible, be quiet. Do be aware that there are places one should not go on the shrine grounds. Do not wear shoes inside any buildings. #Kyoto   #Gion  
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In the back ground is the Haiden (拝殿) of Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū (石清水八幡宮) on Mt. Otokoyama in Kyoto. On your right is the shrine’s office Shamusho (社務所) where you can buy good luck charms. In front of the tree are Omikuji (おみくじ) strung up, they are paper fortunes slips. #Kyoto, #Yawata, #IwashimizuHachimangū, #石清水八幡宮,
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Welcome to Kyoto and Nara Dream Trips, where you will be able to see a traditional and ancient part of Kyoto and Nara that not many travel guides offer.
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Welcome to Kyoto and Nara Dream Trips, where you will be able to see a traditional and ancient part of Kyoto and Nara that not many travel guides offer. This is a community to share your experiences in Japan and to learn more about this often elusive culture. Here you will find information on popular tourist sites of Nara and Kyoto and also the not-so-popular sites which are often equally rewarding. You can also find information posted on the wall about famous Japanese peoples' birthdays, famous historical events, and different odd and widely unknown traditions. Discover a side of Japan which you never knew existed, here at Kyoto and Nara Dream Trips!

I was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and enjoyed my teenage years during the peak of the "Flower Power Hippie" generation. I hitchhiked through Europe, living on a beach south of Agadir, Morocco for some time to learn English.  For most of my adult life, I was a public relations representative for a Christian NGO in the Benelux area. Aside from Japan, I have lived in Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Singapore, just to name a few. I love baking things such as bread, pies, and fruit cakes, and am an avid Blues lover; some of my favorite artists are B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. I  enjoy a good movie with a glass of wine or a Belgian Trappist and some Rochefort blue cheese.
 Since September 2012 I have been an honorary member of the " Kyoto Guide Club". I have been living in Japan for almost 25 years; 5 years in Tokyo, and then 20 years here, in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. My aim is to provide information about this extraordinary city to the future traveler. If you have any questions related to Kyoto or Nara, don't hesitate to drop me a line. If you want the ultimate experience, let me drive you around Kyoto, so you can have a safe, exciting journey, and get the most out of your vacation here.

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