Category Archives: Kyoto
Tenryu-ji was established in 1339 by the shogun Ashikaga Takauji (1305-1358) in memory of Emperor Go-Daigo (1288-1339), with the eminent Zen master Muso Soseki (1275-1351) appointed as founding abbot. Landed estates were donated to the new temple to help fund its construction, but as the resulting revenues proved insufficient Muso Soseki and Ashikaga Tadayoshi devised a plan to send two trading ships to China and use the resulting profits to complete Tenryu-ji’s construction. This plan was a great success, and the temple was officially consecrated in 1345. It was designated first among Kyoto’s Five Mountains (the city’s five major Zen temples), a ranking it maintains to the present day. http://www.tenryuji.com/en/about/index.html Open Hour Summer 8:30am-5:30pm Winter (Oct.21-Mar.20) 8:30am-5:00pm http://www.tenryuji.com/en/visit/index.html
The Philosopher’s Walk ( Tetsugaku no michi )
There is a great walking spot called philosopher’s Path at the foot of Kyoto · Higashiyama. Sidewalk along the Lake Biwa Canal Separation Line in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, between Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji. bus: get off Ginkakuji bus stop Many souvenir shops and cafeterias on the road leading to Ginkakuji.
Buckwheat Noodle (Soba) Eishou-Tei
This famous Buck wheat noodle restaurant established in the Meiji era (1890) is easy to miss but very popular with locals. For anyone who’s never tried soba before, I recommend the simple kake soba or cold Zaru soba to start off. 〒600-8031 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Teramachi Dori