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Tofukuji is a significant Zen temple complex; as well as many impressive buildings - Tofukuji has 4 Zen gardens located in the "hojo" which means "abbot's quarters".
At Tofukuji's center is there is a gorge with maple trees.
The Fushimi-Inari Shrine is in southern Kyoto. It is a shrine to the Shinto rice deity Inari. It is the most famous and important Inari shrine in the land.
The city of Kyoto can be said to be overflowing with "must-see" places, but this is one place almost certain to use up any superlative descriptions that you might have in your tired-out lexicon.
Sanjusangendo known as the "Hall of 33 Bays." The original temple was built in around 1164 and survived only about a hundred years. What you see today is a reconstruction which is still very old as it dates from the thirteenth century.
Its centrepiece is a ornate wood statue of the seated Kannon Bodhisattva. 3.3 m (11 f0 high, with 11 faces on the crown of its head and 40 arms (extravagantly known as "a thousand arms") wielding bells, wheels, and lotus flowers.
However Sanjusangendo's main wonder is its legion of 1.000 gilded Kannon images flanking the central Buddha. The identical statues were carved by the 13th-century masters Kokei, Unkei. and Tankei, with 70 assistants.
You will have found one of Japan's greatest assemblage of paintings and sculptures in the Kyoto National Museum.
Additionally you can view traditional amour and weapons from over 10 centuries of tradition. If noh theatre is your thing then the costumes and masks used in these performances will be of interest.
Most of the items (which are without-peer in Japan) on display have been gleaned from temples & palaces in Kyoto, Nara, and other important cultural centres.
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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