Temples and Festivals in Kyoto

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Espelho por Lídia Ramalho.

Walking around is like touring Kyoto eleven centuries of history of Japan. In its day it was the seat of the imperial court as well as an important religious and artistic center. In fact, the Japanese theater and dance reached its height during the Muromachi period (1334-1568) in Kyoto. Come visit and learn something more of this spectacular city in Japan.

The Kyoto allies bombed during World War II and is said to contain twenty percent of the national treasures of Japan, including more than 1700 Buddhist temples and 300 Shinto shrines, scattered and often hidden among the urban landscape of the modern city. Perhaps the beauty of Kyoto is hard to find, but if we put a little effort you can see the old Japan in their temples and gardens, forming a compound of several buildings, such as simulating a small village.

The Ginkakuji, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, two-story pagoda-shaped roof, is surrounded by gardens designed by a master of landscape and are ideal for a walk to meditate. For example, the Path of Philosophy, which is edged cherry and follows a narrow channel of a mile away, is shown in all their glory throughout the year.

The Ginkakuji is inspired by the Kinkakuji Temple’s Golden Pavilion, the fourteenth century, which destroyed a fire in 1950. Today you can see a replica of three plants that were built shortly after the field covered with moss of the ancient temple.

Silver Pavilion por NatashaP.

From this point a half-hour walk takes you to the Ryoanji Temple, with small garden of white gravel and fifteen rocks has become the essence of Zen philosophy. This was the Kiyomizu temple stands on the steep slope of a hill and offers stunning views of Kyoto from its wooden veranda.

Jidai Festival:
In his days in Kyoto were entire neighborhoods in a specialized profession. The country’s best craftsmen working here to serve the imperial court and feudal lords. Can still be found nowadays the workshops of their descendants in the quiet historic district of Kyoto. The products of the city, including planks of wood engravings, silk and textiles, and paper dolls, they are still known for their sophistication, elegance and mastery.

The best time to visit Kyoto is held during any of their annual festivals or matsuri. The three most important, the Jidai, Aoi and the region, worth a visit without hesitation. Thousands of citizens participating in the Kyoto Jidai festival each October 22. It is one of the newest festivals, as barely a century. A fantastic costume procession of dynasties between the VIII and XIX centuries strolling through the city, the Imperial Palace as a starting point.

The cherry blossom be withered since May 15 when the outbreak of the Aoi Festival throughout the city. But the spring will still be in full splendor, as hundreds of participants are dressed in imperial costumes and go in procession to the Sanctuary Shimogamo to ask for the prosperity of the city. This festival dates back to the sixth century and is one of the oldest in the world.

On July 17 and 16 make room for the 31 huge floats that form the famous Gion Festival, a procession calling for protection for Kyoto. Was held for the first time in the ninth century, when a plague hit the ancient capital.

How to get there?
To get to Kyoto will take a flight to Narita Airport, 60 kilometers from Tokyo. From there take a train, the Narita Express, which brings us to the Japanese capital, and whose journey usually lasts 1 hour, at a price of 20 euros. From the airport you can take a bus to Tokyo, for 25 euros, but it takes a little longer. Upon arrival in Tokyo should take the Nozomi Shinkansen train, which in 2 hours and half will take you to Kyoto.

If you decide to visit Kyoto you can find your flight from Tokyo to the best hotels in the city!

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One Response to “Temples and Festivals in Kyoto”

  1. CALI Says:

    Ohhh.. Perfect job ! thanks a lot.

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