Places of Interest in Kyoto (I - M)
Following are brief explanations of places of interest in Kyoto.
Shisen-do temple looks more like a cottage than a temple and has a good garden. Manshu-in temple has a Karesansui garden laid out by Kobori Enshu. Great Haikai poets such as Matsuo Basho and Yosa-no-Buson lie buried in the precinct of Konpuku-ji temple. The temple has a tea-hut called Basho-an that was named for Matsuo Basho. Sekizan-zen'in temple is so unique that it has features of Shinto shrine such as Torii gateway and Komainu (guardian dogs). Enko-ji temple, Zenge-in Temple, Saginomori-jinja shrine and Shugaku-in-Rikyu villa are also in this area.
Kamo-jinja and vicinity
Shimogamo-jinja and Kamigamo-jinja shrines are members of the world cultural heritage of Kyoto. Aoi-matsuri is the festival of those shrines. Shokoku-ji has a good Karesansui garden and Fusuma-e paintings.
Katsura Rikyu is famous for its beauty of harmony between the garden and the buildings. You need to get permission for admission in advance. Matsunoo-Taisha is the oldest shrine in Kyoto. The gods of Umenomiya-Taisha are believed to be the gods of conception and easy delivery. Saiho-ji temple is a member of the world cultural heritage of Kyoto but you need to ask them in advance a permission of admission. Joju-ji, Jizo-in and Kegon-ji temples are also in this area
Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji and Ninna-ji temples in this area are members of the world cultural heritage of Kyoto. Kinkaku-ji has not only the Golden Pavilion but beautiful chisen-kaiyu-shiki / chisen-shuyu-shiki teien (pond-stroll/pond-boating garden). Ryoan-ji's Sekitei (rock garden) is a unique and excellent abstract Karesansui (dry landscape garden). The main hall of Nin'na-ji, a national treasure, was built in the late 16th century as Shishinden building of the imperial palace. Toji-in temple is the family temple of Ashikaga Shogun family.
Climbing uphill from Kurama Station to Kurama-dera temple along a trail in a quiet and still forest, you will see small halls of shrines and temples. Among them, Yuki-jinja is the largest An hour or two light hiking from Kurama-dera leads you to an old shrine named Kibune-jinja.
Four of 22 sub-temples of Daitoku-ji are open to the public regularly. Ryogen-in, one of the foursome, has four good Karesansui (dry landscape) gardens. Zuiho-in has a couple of modern Karesansui. Some of other sub-temples are open only in the limited periods of the year.