To be honest, sometimes in Japan, when you are traveling by train, it is very difficult to distinguish the border when you left one city and have already moved to another. That's exactly how I was in the case of a trip from Osaka to Kyoto. I only just turned on the phone connected to the Internet in train as just 20 minutes high-speed train shinkansen stopped already on the train station in Kyoto.
When you arrive at some city and find out that the city was the capital of Japan not be surprised, so here with many cities located in the Center of the country.However, Kyoto in the position of the capital existed for almost 10 centuries - whole Millennium.
Historically, Kyoto was the center of the transport system of pre-modern Japan. It crossed the main state roads.
Since 1877 the main transport center of the city has become the Kyoto station. From the second half of the 20th century, the railways of Japan's largest railway company pass through it.Train station in Kyoto is a big size, so that the most important thing is to find the way out on the bus stop which you will need to move to the planned places to visit. As we planned to visit the three main attractions in Kyoto that have been for us important chose bus "1".
Kyoto With its 2,000 religious places – 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, as well as palaces, gardens and architecture intact – it is one of the best preserved cities in Japan.
If you are interested in temples and shrines Japan, then of course, you are here will find a huge space to visit the various points of interest.
We have chosen the first and the main-Gold Pavilion as it seems to me as a visit card of Kyoto. Come out on the bus stop bought tickets and go to the territory.
The Pavilion itself is small, although sometimes it also terminates in tourist literature as a palace or a temple, the garden around it is relatively large.
Originally ponds in Japanese courtyards had purely practical purpose, they played the role of fire tanks and storage tanks for water for small agricultural needs. As welfare has grown, the functionality of these tanks has changed, they have been used in park design. Note that if in the European design the gardens were decorated mostly with fountains, here in Japan they preferred smooth reflecting surfaces.
The history of Kinkaku-ji is considered from the eleventh century, but apparently in those days, everything here was very simple. Really the history of this place begins from the end of the fourteenth century, when one of the Japanese shoguns (rulers), having retired, decided to build a countryhouse for himself. Apparently, in order to emphasize that his administrative work was extremely successful, he lined the second and third floors of the building with gold sheets. It turned out beautifully and convincingly.
The Golden Pavilion, having survived hard times, stood in its almost unchanged form until 1950, when one non-intelligent monk decided to commit suicide using Kinkaku-ji as a funeral pyre. The most offensive that the monk saved, and the Pavilion burned completely. Fortunately, Kinkaku-ji was described in great detail and photographed in detail. Knowing the Japanese pedantry, you can believe that they have restored one of their main shrines very carefully.
On the roof of the Golden Pavilion is the Bird Phoenix. She was there before the fire. It seems that the ancients well predicted the future...
Ok for now, leave hospitable Gardens of Golden Pavilion and go to the next point of travel.
Next object to visit is the Kyoto area called Gion.
Gion (祇園, ぎおん) is a district of Kyoto, Japan, originally developed in the Middle Ages, in front of Yasaka Shrine (Gion Shrine). The district was built to accommodate the needs of travelers and visitors to the shrine. It eventually evolved to become one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha districts in all of Japan.
Many Japanese are considered to be fashionable to come here and in national clothes (and good kimonos, as we know, are worth a lot of money) to walk around the city.
Here and there in Gion you can find traditionally equipped old-fashioned tea houses, "makia" and "oka". It is in such houses that at all times the city's patrons have been entertained for centuries - from samurai to modern businessmen. Each tea house from the inside is a private closed world where evening entertainment can include cocktails, talks and games, as well as traditional Japanese music, singing and dancing.
Despite the fact that Gion is a district of tea houses and a geisha, nevertheless there are enough temples and sanctuaries in it too.
Which of the temples is a Buddhist temple, and what a Shinto shrine temple, who wants to figure it out for himself, it's enough to look at the Google maps of this region here. All is detailed.
wishing to look at the school (or how correctly?) od the geishas(maiko) and also see which kimonos are used as they are sewed because Kyoto is one of the centers of production of famous kimonos.
Weak rustle of leaves, soft human conversations and murmur of water - these are the sounds with which I associate Kyoto. Go to the sound of water to the third goal of our journey - the Kyoto channels.
You can move with the bulk of people and it will take you to the river.
Тhe evening falls on the city and we hurry to the railway station to go back. But in Kyoto there are still a lot of places that are worth visiting - this is the Silver Pavilion, and the Garden of Stones and much more...
See you, Kyoto!