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Kyoto January 2, 2007

Posted by urbanblue in Adventures.
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Kyoto StationCorridors of San-ju-san GendouMain Hall of San-ju-san Gendou

Kyoto’s just half an hour from Osaka, so on New Year’s Eve we decided to stop by. It was my second time there, the first time being six years ago. Very little appears to have changed! The area around the station, with it’s modern architecture and heavy traffic, certainly contradicts the tranquil “old Japan” marketing the travel bureaus put out. But once you leave that vicinity there are literally hundreds of temples, shrines and gardens to visit. This being just a quick day trip (and having seen them all in my last outing there) we decided to visit just one this time – my favourite, San-ju-san Gendou.

It is a beautiful place, with the traditional orange-red pillars and gates, bamboo gardens and small shrines. But San-ju-san Gendou’s main attraction is the 1,000 buddhas contained within the main hall. Quite spectacular to see.

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