We have just returned from Kyoto.This time we visited temples and a shrine which we had not yet visited : Iwashimizu Hachimangū, Shōkoku-ji, and four of the affiliated temples of Daitoku-ji.Thanks to the special opening to the public in autumn of some of the temples, we appreciated again the profundity of the richness of the culture of Kyoto.
At Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū, we took a guided tour of the inside of the shrine and could see the huge gold eaves trough donated by Oda Nobunaga who was one of the powerful warlords in the sixteenth century.The beauty of the gardens of Ryōgen-in deeply fascinated us.
We are looking forward to the next visit to Kyoto, already!
(2017.10.22)




Shōkoku-ji - 1





Shōkoku-ji - 2





Shōkoku-ji - 3





Shōkoku-ji - 4





Shōkoku-ji - 5 (the front garden of Hōjō)





Shōkoku-ji - 6 (the paintings on wooden doors)





Shōkoku-ji - 7 (the corridor on the backside of Hōjō)





Shōkoku-ji - 8 (the paintings on wooden doors)





Shōkoku-ji - 9 (the back garden of Hōjō)





Shōkoku-ji - 10 (the ornaments of the hand rails of Kaizan-dō)





Shōkoku-ji - 11 (the garden of Kaizan-dō)





Shōkoku-ji - 12 (the garden of Kaizan-dō)





Iwashimizu Hachimangu - 1





Iwashimizu Hachimangu - 2
(upper part of the gable in the center of the previous photo)





Iwashimizu Hachimangu - 3
(the enlargement of the lower part of the previous photo - the Sacred doves)





Iwashimizu Hachimangu - 4 (the monument of Edison)
(He used the bamboo of this area for the filament of his light bulbs)





Iwashimizu Hachimangu - 5





Iwashimizu Hachimangu - 6 (Iwashimizu-sha)





Iwashimizu Hachimangu - 7 (Kōra-sha)





Iwashimizu Hachimangu - 8 (Kōra-sha)





Iwashimizu Hachimangu - 9 (Ango-bashi bridge)





Kyoto Racecourse - 1





Kyoto Racecourse - 2





In the precincts of Daitoku-ji





Ryōgen-in - 1





Ryōgen-in - 2 (Kaiso-dō in the back)





Ryōgen-in - 3 (the stone garden of A-un)





Ryōgen-in - 4 (the stone garden of A-un)





Ryōgen-in - 5 (Tōtekiko)
(designed by Nabeshima Gakushō in 1960,
and said to be one of the masterpieces of its kind)





Ryōgen-in - 6 (Isshidan, the front garden of Hōjō)





Ryōgen-in - 7 (Kaiso-dō)





Ōbai-in





Sōken-in





Kōrin-in - 1





Kōrin-in - 2 (Kankyo-tei, teahouse)





Kōrin-in - 3 (the front garden of Hōjō)





Kōrin-in - 4 (Kara-mon)