Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

Kitano Tenmangū (北野天満宮) is a Shinto shrine in Kamigyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine was first built in 947 to appease the angry spirit of bureaucrat, scholar and poet Sugawara no Michizane, who had been exiled as a result of political maneuvers of his enemies in the Fujiwara clan. The shrine became the

Kyoto Inperial Palace

The Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所 Kyoto-gosho) is the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan. The Emperors have resided at the Tokyo Imperial Palace since the Meiji Restoration in 1869, when the preservation of the Kyoto Imperial Palace was ordered in 1877. Today, the grounds are open to the

Seimei Shrine

Seimei Shrine (晴明神社 Seimei-jinja) is a Shinto shrine that is located in Kyoto, Japan. It is dedicated to the onmyōji, Abe no Seimei. The Seimei Shrine was founded on the 4th year of the Kankō era (1007) by Emperor Ichijō, who ordered the shrine built in memory of Abe no Seimei, after

Shokoku-ji Temple

Shokoku-ji (相国寺), formally identified as Mannen-zan Shōkoku Shōten Zenji (萬年山相國承天禅寺), is a Buddhist temple in northern Kyoto, founded in 1382 by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. In 1383, the Zen master Shun’oku Myōha (春屋妙葩) (1311–1388) was designated by Yoshimitsu as founding abbot, however, Myōha insisted that the official honor be posthumously accorded to his

Goo Shrine

Goo Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Kyoto enshrining Wake no Kiyomaro who aided in the construction of Heian-kyô when Emperor Kammu ordered the move of the capital here, as well as Kiyomaro's older sister Hiromushi. The shrine used to be within the grounds of a Protection of the Nation Shrine

Nashinoki Shrine

Nashinoki Shrine is a Shinto shrine immediately adjacent to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, established in 1885 and dedicated in 1915 to the spirits of court nobles Sanjô Sanetsumu and his son Sanetomi, in recognition of their great service to the Imperial institution. The shrine is known for its bush clover

Rozan-ji Temple

The Enjo sect temple grounds are associated with Murasaki Shikibu (973-c. 1014 or 1025), the author of the Diary of Lady Murasaki and The Tale of Genji. Her father Fujiwara Kanesuke, a court official, built his mansion where the present-day temple is now located. It is thought that Murasaki Shikibu

Anraku-ji Temple

Anraku-ji temple is only open to the public for a few weeks in May and November when blossoms in its garden are in full bloom and when autumn colours the leaves in a appealing beauty. Disciples of priest Honen, Anraku and Juren built a dojo for chanting a prayer to Amida-Nyorai

Sento Imperial Palace

The Sento Imperial Palace (仙洞御所 Sento-gosho) 22 acres (89,000 m2)) is a large garden in Kyoto, Japan, formerly the grounds of a palace for retired emperors. It is administered by the Imperial Household Agency and may be visited by appointment. Sento Imperial Palace was completed in 1630 for Emperor Go-Mizunoo's retirement,