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Alexis Alvarez
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« on: July 04, 2008, 02:34:12 AM »
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Will be in Kyoto (4 days) and Koya-san (3 days).  

I've already found a comprehensive list of Kyoto temples, am looking for other recommendations, besides Gion of course.  

Also, any other ideas on either location that you'd be willing to share would be greatly appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2008, 12:53:50 PM »
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I was in Kyoto a few years ago, and thought that by far the most stunning place for photography in or near there was the Fushimi Inari shrine, on the outskirts of Kyoto a very short train ride from central Kyoto.  There are miles of trails winding around up the forested mountain behind the shrine, with orange and black arch-gateways (I forget the official name for them) clustered tightly over the paths, with occasional small shrines scattered around.  Very weird and cool atmosphere.  A couple of examples to give you an idea:
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Also check out the central Kyoto train station.  It's huge, ultra-modern, and looks more like a spaceport than a train station!  While you're there, there are two areas of small restaurants on the higher levels (in or near the shopping mall); we ate at a couple of restaurants in one of the areas, and it had some of the best food we had during our week in Japan.

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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2008, 02:42:21 PM »
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Hi Lisa,

Great photos - sorry I didn't know of that place when I was there in the mid-90's. Of course within Kyoto itself there are some amazing old wooden structures which provide for rich photographic potential. Kiyomisu-dera being one that comes to mind.
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2008, 08:26:30 PM »
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Will be in Kyoto (4 days) and Koya-san (3 days).

I've already found a comprehensive list of Kyoto temples, am looking for other recommendations, besides Gion of course.

Also, any other ideas on either location that you'd be willing to share would be greatly appreciated.
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Hello AA,

Some places in Kyoto I like from the top of my head are Daitokuji (North west), Sanjuusangendou (East of Kyoto station, walking distance) and Touji (South of Kyoto station). There is also an area north west of the Kyoumizudera temple that is pretty nice.



You have also some very nice old Machiya South west of Gion that are worth a visit, although not speaking Japanese could take something away from the experience.



A bit further from the center in Ouhara (about north east of the city center) you have the very nice Housenin and Sanzenin.



The whole of Koya san is great and 3 days will be plenty.



Have fun,

Cheers,
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2008, 08:52:52 PM »
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Hi Alexis,

I was in Kyoto in 2005 specifically for Nanzen-ji but I was surprised that private homes and gardens are open to the public too. When I got off the subway at Keage I just followed my nose along the path that leads to the temple and went into the private gardens (at 700 yen a pop).

Just a thought.....

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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2008, 01:23:29 PM »
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Check out the bamboo grove trail in Arashimaya.
Keep heading north and visit the 1000s of funny statues at Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple. It's a hard temple to find but well worth it.

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