Kyoto (京都市 Kyōto-shi) is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kyoto is also known as the thousand-year capital.
Kyoto have a very beautiful view of Nature, or A Beautiful view of Modern era in the Night. Kyoto have a long story between many visitor. So why you have to go to Kyoto? I’ll give you some reason for you
- See the Blooming of Sakura at Shien Shrine
During spring, head for the Heian Shrine to see the famous Blooming of Sakura. The trees make spectacular viewing and are one of the reasons why Shinen Garden almost outshines the shrine, the most famous in the city. Don’t worry if you can’t make it in spring, in autumn the brilliant colours of the maple trees will more than compensate.
- Visit the Home of “Marathon Monks” at Enryaku-ji
Visit Enryaku-ji, a monastery on Mount Hiei overlooking the city, and you may see one of the famous “marathon monks” in action. Known for their physical endurance, their ultimate aim is to complete the 1,000-day challenge. The monks are forced to run extraordinary long distances over 1000 days, split into 100-day periods over seven years.
For each of the first three years, they run 30km a day for 100 days. The next two years this is raised to 30km a day for 200 days. In the fifth year, they must run 60km a day for 100 days and in the final year, 84km per day for 100 days, followed by 30km a day for 100 days. Also, in the fifth year year they have to sit and chant mantras for nine days without food, water or sleep. Since 1585 only 46 men have completed the challenge
- Try to Finding your Love? Walk straight line to the Jishu-Jinja
Climb the cobbled streets to Kiyomizu-dera, which stands on a hillside, for great views of Kyoto. Supported by 139 pillars, the temple juts out over the valley. The Japanese liken setting out on a daring adventure to “Taking a leap from the veranda of Kiyomizu.” You can take your own leap of faith by heading for the small shrine on the north side of the main building.
Called Jishu-jinja, the shrine is dedicated to a deity regarded as a powerful matchmaker. Scores of young people visit the shrine to seek help in finding partners. To do that, they try to walk between two stones placed 18 metres apart, with their eyes closed. It’s said that you will fall in love if you can walk in a perfectly straight line between the two.
4. Walk Through the Shogun’s “Nightingale Floor” at Nijojo Castle
Nijojo Castle was built in 1603 by shogun bigwig Tokugawa Ieyasu who intended it as his official residence in Kyoto. The aim of this castle was to show that the shogun has surpassed the emperor in prestige, so it is ostentatious and massive. The castle is divided into five buildings, which are partitioned into 33 chambers.
In the Edo period, a visitor’s ranking determined which chamber he could reach, with the innermost chambers restricted to the highest dignitaries. A fascinating facet is the “nightingale floors”, designed to warn of intruders. The floors made a chirping bird-like sound when anybody walked on them.
Here’s the mechanism of this floor
- Try to Know the Mystery of the 15th Stone at Ryoan-Ji
Visit Ryoan-ji for its remarkable Buddhist Zen garden. It looks rather austere, but there is a hidden message. The garden is an example of a karensansui, a dry garden, with 15 rocks arranged in three groupings of seven, five and three. But if you look out from the viewing point on the temple veranda, you can only see 14 rocks.
If you move, another rock will appear, but one of the original 14 will disappear. You can never see all 15 at once. In Buddhism the number 15 denotes completeness. The point of the garden is that you while you need to see all 15 rocks to make the experience meaningful, it is never possible to reach that level.