The Kosanji Temple, one of the most secluded UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto, is located in the middle of a dense mountain forest. The temple, which belongs to the sect of Shingon Buddhism, offers a wonderful view over the valley of the Kiyotaki River from the temple complex.
For anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Kozanji Temple is a perfect half-day trip from Kyoto.
One of the special highlights of the temple are the "" painted scrolls of the frolicking animals, which are often referred to as the "" First Manga "". The identity of the artist, of the picture, which was probably created in the 12th century, is unknown. It is believed to be the monk Toba Sojo.
Often regarded as the ‘First Manga', these painted scrolls are called the “Scrolls of Frolicking Animals”. Drawn sometime during the 12th century, the identity of the artist is unknown but speculated to be the monk Toba Sojo. The painted scrolls depict a satirical story mocking the daily lives of priests, likening them to animals. The original scrolls are displayed at the Tokyo National Museum, but you can view a replica at the Sekisui-in hall at Kozanji.
The last remaining original structure in Kozanji, Sekisui-in was rightfully designated as a 'National Treasure'. It is one of the last remaining Kamakura-period buildings in all of Japan, most of them having perished to fires or other forms of man-made destruction over the years. Sekisui-in used to serve as a residence for an imperial family member who moved to the temple. In autumn, visitors flock to Kozanji to experience the million-dollar view from within Sekisui-in.
Take the JR Bus Takao/ Keihoku Route to Toganoo from JR Kyoto Station. 15-minute walk from City Bus Stop Takao from Sijo Station on the Karasuma Subway Line
Mrs. Matsui’s family home was previously a workshop that produced hand-woven obi sashes. Today, the guest room is open for guests to experience an authentic side of Kyoto, with views of the courtyard garden on two sides. Experience sleeping Japanese style on the futon bedding, laid out on a tatami straw mat. There is air conditioning and heating, as well as tea making facilities. Like many old houses, the shower and bathroom are located in the courtyard. Alternatively, walk down to the public bath or sento, or try the bicycle to explore further afield. Kinkakuji, or the Golden Temple is a short ride away, as is the Ryoanji stone garden.
Kohaku-do is a casual French restaurant in Kyoto, Arashiyama. It is situated just a few minutes from Tenryu-ji Temple. And other train stations such as JR Saga-Arashiyama, Arashiyama Station on the Keifuku Dentetsu Line and Hankyu Line are all within a few minutes walk. The price range for the lunch sets is 2000-3000 yen, including hors d’oeuvre, soup, bread, a main dish, desert and a drink-bar. We ordered grilled whitefish and a hamburg steak. Both of the main dishes were quite good!
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