Ukyo-ku Walking Tour, Kyoto

Ukyo-ku Walking Tour, Kyoto
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You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Kyoto Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Kyoto Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Ukyo-ku is one of the eleven wards of Kyoto and it comprises the northwestern corner of the city. This area contains a large number of important religious complexes, some of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most famous attractions of Ukyo-ku in Kyoto are selected and described in the next walking tour. So check it out and enjoy your Kyoto adventure.

Ukyo-ku Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Ukyo-ku Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto (See other walking tours in Kyoto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 km
Author: emma
Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple

1) Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple (must see)

The Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple is a temple dedicated to the souls of the dead who were brought and left at the site for thousands of years. It is a Buddhist temple and the presiding deity is the Amida Buddha.

The Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple was established by Kobo Daishi popularly known as Kukai in 811. Honen the founder of the Japanese sect Jodo Shu expanded the building and the present temple hall dates back to 1712. Bodies of unknown people were brought here and left to the elements....   view more
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Nison-in Temple

2) Nison-in Temple

The Nison-in Temple is managed by the Tendai sect of Buddhism. Two revered statues are placed in the temple. Both the statues have been designated as Important Cultural Properties and are from the Haien era in Kyoto.

The Nison-in Temple was founded in the 9th century on the site of the house of Fujiwara no Teika, a poet who compiled an anthology of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets. The name of the temple is derived from the two statues of Buddha that it houses. The meaning of Nison is...   view more
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Tenryu-ji Temple

3) Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji Temple is one of the five great Zen Buddhist temples in Kyoto. It is managed by the Rinzai School of Buddhism and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

Tenryu-ji Temple was built by the Shogun, Ashikaga Takauji in 1339. He dedicated the temple to the Emperor Go- Daigo. Most of the temple buildings were destroyed by fire and others suffered extensive damage during the Onin war. The present buildings date back to early 20th century. The only surviving feature of the...   view more
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Kurumazaki Jinja

4) Kurumazaki Jinja

Kurumazaki Shrine is a nice religious spot located in the Arashiyama Area of the Ukyo district of Kyoto. In English, the name of the shrine would be translated as "Stop Car Shrine" as there is a legend that one day the Emperor's carriage stopped suddenly in front of this place and wouldn't go any further. The Shrine is dedicated to a Confucian scholar, usually regarded as a deity of commerce and...   view more
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Koryu-ji Temple

5) Koryu-ji Temple

The Koryu-ji Temple in Kyoto is managed by the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. It is the oldest temple in the city.

The Koryu-ji Temple dates back to 603. It was built by Hata no Kawakatsu who was given a Buddha statue by the Prince Shotoku. It was built to commemorate the death of Prince Shotoku. It is mentioned as an imperial temple patronized by the Imperial family in the book, The Emperor Horikawa Diary. In 818 and 1150, many of the temple buildings were burned down by fires. It has been...   view more
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Ninna-ji Temple

6) Ninna-ji Temple (must see)

The Ninna-ji Temple is a temple complex with beautiful gardens and fascinating buildings managed by the Omuro School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

The Ninna-ji Temple was built by Emperor Udo in 888 who later became its first Abbott. After him, all Abbotts of the temple from 888 to 1869 were sons of the reigning Emperor and the temple received immense imperial patronage. The original structure was burned by fires and damaged during the...   view more
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Ryoan-ji Temple

7) Ryoan-ji Temple (must see)

The Ryoan-ji Temple is a well known temple in Kyoto managed by the Myoshin-ji School of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. The Zen garden of the temple is world famous and is a declared Historic Monument of Ancient Kyoto and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Ryoan-ji Temple was built on the site of a mansion belonging to the Hosokawa branch of the Fujiwara family. Hosokawa Katsumoto inherited the property. He died fighting during the Onin War. Under his will the property was to be converted into a...   view more
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