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If you must visit only one of the two imperial villas in Kyoto the Katsura is the ultimate "must see" in a city full of them.
Meticulously planned, Katsura is a Japanese masterpiece of residential design and garden landscaping subtlety.
Every wall in the villa's 7 pavilions is a panel that can be slide open to view the surrounding landscape, including the gardens and also the Arashiyama Hills which are found beyond them.
Temmangu shrines around the Japan are most often statues of cows and bulls in the seated position (and not because it's about to rain!) These statues are thought to have healing properties.
There are also thousands of plum trees and these draw the Japanese crowds just before the annual cherry blossom frenzy. They are coming for the deep pink blooms.
Kitano Temmangu hosts its nationally famous flea market on the 25th of each month, when you'll really see massive hordes of visitors; they come for the items on sale and for rubbing the statues. It is believed that if you rub the same place as a troublesome area on the cow you may get relief from this infirmity or stress.
People travel from afar to sift through the offerings of used kimono, antique furniture and ceramics, antique scrolls, crafts, food, household items, and countless other categories of bric-a-brac and sundries, paying prices ranging from the reasonable to the outrageous.
There is a lot to see here in Nishi-Honganji. This is one of the best examples Buddhist monumental architecture in Japan; it combines a heroic, dramatic silhouette and with lavish decoration.
These 17th-century buildings were constructed with materials brought from Fushimi Castle which was the property of Hideyoshi. This was originally on the southern side of Kyoto and was dismantled by a Tokugawa shogun in the 1630s.
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