Kyoto- Toji Temple: Cherry Blossom

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Toji (東寺) is a Buddhist temple near Kyoto station. The temple was founded in 796, two years after the capital moved to Heian-kyo (Heian period). Toji literaly means “East Temple” and served as the capital’s guardian temples, together with its…

Kyoto – Kodaiji Temple: Cherry Blossom

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Kodaiji (高台寺, Kōdaiji) is a temple in Kyoto’s Higashiyama District. Kodaiji temple was established in 1606 by Kita-no-Mandokoro (1548-1624) in memory of her husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598). Kodaiji temple belongs to the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. The buildings have…

Minami-Izu: Cape Irozaki

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Cape Irozaki (石廊崎) is the southernmost point on Izu peninsula. Irozaki Lighthouse stands on the cape. The cape is also famous as a wether observation point. From Shimoda station, it takes 50 minutes by bus. From the entrance and the…