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Japan Mar 2011 Day 3 – Tenryuji and Sagano

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Prior to our trip, we did some info-scouting on tripadvisor and we had some wonderful advice from the good people there. One person I really want to pay tribute to is Kobekeith, an expert for the Kansai region on the website forum. His recommendations and suggestions were really superb and helped us a lot in planning our own itinerary.

After Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji, we took a cab back down to Arashiyama station. The walk back downtown is quite a long one and we didn’t want to upset the schedule for the rest of the day. We saw a cab  “straying” around the area when we were waiting at the bus stop and we flagged frantically to catch the driver’s attention. I’m pretty sure he was as glad to have chanced upon us as we’d found him!

Tenryu Ji 岚山 天龍寺 is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto“, located at the heart of Western Kyoto. So definitely worth a visit we thought…

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Fam0us painting of Dharma

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View from the 大方丈 Ohojo.

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Panorama view of 曹源池 Sogen Pond created by Muso Soseki, the first abbot of this old monastery.

Sagano Bamboo Grove 嵯峨野竹林

The infamous bamboo forest of Sagano 嵯峨野竹林. The atmosphere is quite magical really. Something profoundly ancient about it. And the snow adds on to the ambience making the air really dense and still. Visitors and tourists barely talked to each other, mere whispers. Only the occasional rustling of the leaves. The silence is so thick you can cut it with a knife.

Sagano Bamboo Grove 嵯峨野竹林

Sagano Bamboo Grove 嵯峨野竹林

Thankfully it was a weekday afternoon and the crowd was sparse.

Nonomiya Jinja

嵯峨野 野の宫神社 Momomiya Jinja, hidden behind the bamboo grove.

Nonomiya Jinja

“Waking up the gods” by tugging a huge chime bell to listen to your prayers, shinto gods are so busy all day and all year round

Nonomiya Jinja

Nonomiya jinja is an old shinto shrine where Japanese emperors would send their princesses to undergo a “purification” ceremony.

Nonomiya Jinja

Lanterns donated by devotees

Nonomiya Jinja

Think slabs of wood with wishes written. These would be collated and burnt together periodically with the smoke carry one’s wishes to the gods above. Not so good if you want your wishes realised immediately!

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11 responses

  1. Reading your posts on your Japan trip and seeing all those breath taking snaps of places you visited and the YUMMY food photos is like going on a virtual tour with you. With economy not so good now, this is a good way to see places for me! hehe .. Thanks Alan for taking the time to share your wonderful trip with us. You RAWK!! HUGZZ!!

    May 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

  2. Alan (travellingfoodies)

    thanks veronica! glad you enjoyed the “trip” with us! 🙂

    May 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm

  3. love the traveling photos. i read somewhere that it’s hard to catch a photo of a geisha cos they shy away from the public’s eyes. ^^

    May 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm

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