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Myoshinji Temple, Kyoto

A nationally designated Historic Site, as well as a Place of Scenic Beauty, Myoshinji Temple is sure to leave every visitor speachless with its beauty and rich history. A previous emperor’s palace, it was turned into a temple after he bacame a monk in the 14th century. During wars in the next centuries, this complex was mostly destroyed, only to be later rebuilt in the 16th century. Don't miss the bell, notable for being the oldest known example of a Buddhist temple bell, and remarkably still in use. When you enter the temple, pay attention to the ceiling and its colossal dragon, painted in such a way that it seems it’s watching and moving along with you. Plan your visit to Myoshinji Temple and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kyoto trip planning app .
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  • In the winter in Kyoto journey was made private cultural property of special public. This special was published is Mikado. And up the steep stairs overlooking the grounds. The internal 16 and bosatsu Kannon statue of Buddha's disciples are enshrined, Angel, flying dragon and musical instruments depicted on the ceiling color is very beautiful. Repair not being so much exposed to UV damage is less so is not.
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  • Wanted to see the large fresco of Kano tan'yu cloud Dragon figure, came to this temple. Admission is 500 yen. Dragon depicted on the ceiling of the main hall. Favorite artist of the Edo period in fact famous Kano tan'yu's not drawing treasure class actually works. Even if unexpected patterns of many but I saw something last year at the Tokyo National Museum like a sketch pad in his drawing power is no genius Katsushika Hokusai, Ito JAKUCHU's arm. Wore technology copy inherited from generation to generation the Kano school of painting is originality so don't feel. I think at eitoku after to much talent. Works this time, as it happens, Kyoto National Museum, Kano tan'yu ancestors paintings copied had two points but capture technology was carried out. In fact, after Kano tan'yu, Kano, while not so much talented successor. Not until becoming the Meiji era, like kanō hōgai's talent did not burst. Saw a large ceiling painting this time, thinking that it's, frankly, amazed at the size, but I wasn't surprised so much as work. Bathroom, old bells and saw it ever bother to write. Still, by moving together in a group, so long has much to see that it is impossible. Ceiling painting, within any photo is a block, beside the North Gate of the temple and advertising Edition, there in that you put out. Sightseeing in Kyoto, and in just the photo ban, at the very least, if you do not write this sentence and everything quickly "forget time. And broad-minded of Europe why not Kyoto? Shot in Europe can rarely is. Will decrease over time, tourists and followed by a stingy Kyoto?
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  • Last April, I visited Kyoto by taxi. So here's JR Tokai listened from the taxi drivers and the location of the CM's to go to Kyoto. Weeping cherry trees was stunning.
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  • Only one (lesser quality) garden (Taizo-in) open, no large buildings open at all. Less friendly people, big complex with little ambiance, also because lack of trees, and cars driving everywhere. Noise, also in the Taizo-in garden.
  • Great temple complex, go there early as to avoid the crowds!
  • The monumental dragon painting is a sight to behold. That alone is worth the 500 yen tour fee (there is no English tour, but they do provide a cursory sheet of English explanations)
  • Huge temple complex... During my visit, there was the possibility to visit the upper storey of the "big hall" (close to the Taizo temple, in the direction of the JR station). If you are there, during visiting sessions (current one ends at 22 May 2016), go there by all means. Spectacular statues and beautiful ceiling paintings abound.
  • Myōshin-ji is a temple complex in Kyoto, Japan, and head temple of the associated branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. The Myōshin-ji school is by far the largest school in Rinzai Zen, approximately as big as the other thirteen branches combined. It is a specific ritual of Myoshinji in Obon season to send out spirits of deceased by lighting up the place in Hanatoro style. In the main hall there will be a group of monks get all together along with some female traditional choir to chant a sutra of Obon. You will also see some festival stalls lining up in the precinct.

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