Eastern Kyoto

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East of the Kamogawa River, in the neighborhoods known as Higashiyama (literally, Eastern Mountain) and Okazaki, are some of Kyoto's most dazzling shrines and temples, stretching from solemn Sanjusangen-do in the south to the elegant Ginkaku-ji in the north. The cobbled streets of the Gion district are mysterious during the day, and even more so at night.

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Otoyo Jinja

Dating from 887, this very small shrine is best known for its "guardian rats." Most shrines have pairs of Koma-inu,…

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Sen-oku Hakko Kan

The very fine Sen-oku Hakko Kan museum exhibits ancient Chinese bronzes collected over three decades by Kichizaemon Sumitomo (1865–1926), the…

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Shouzan Mirokuin

Set on the mountainside of Philosopher's Walk is the small shrine of Shiawase no Jizo (Joyful Jizo), with an image…

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