Japan, Kyoto Guide (B): Golden Week - Kyoto Part 2

Golden Week - Kyoto Part 2
On our second day in Kyoto, we first went to Kiyomizu-dera temple. The temple is located on a hill, so the walk is a bit up slope, and along the way there are shops around, selling spring time delicacies like Mochi pastries.

On our way up, we notice some Japanese lady wearing their traditional Kimono dress. We learned that it is because during that holiday weekends, some shops gives special discounts to those buyers who are wearing their traditional dresses.

Located halfway up Otowa Mountain in the eastern part of Kyoto City, Kiyomizu-dera is a historic temple that was established in 778, even before Kyoto became the capital of Japan. 

The main entrance to the temple compound.

Before entering the main hall, there is an elevated terrain, where we saw some interesting Shinto sculptures:

Okuninushino-Mikoto - a Japanese Mythology character. 

The adventures of O-Kuni-Nushi begin with the legend of the white Rabbit (hare) of Inaba. This hare appeals to the eighty brothers of O-Kuni-Nushi for help. The hare has been skinned by a group of vicious crocodiles, when he asks O-Kuni-Nushi's brothers for help and they tell him to bathe in the sea and to dry off in the wind. This causes severe pain for the Hare. Later, the hare meets O-Kuni-Nushi, who feels sorry for the animal and tells him to bathe in fresh water and then to roll in the pollen of sedges lying on the ground. 

After this the Inaba Hare is completely cured. In thanks he proclaims that the Princess ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Golden Week - Kyoto Part 2
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Kiyomizu-dera temple   Otowa Waterfall   Shimogamo Shrine   Bamboo Forest  
Author: Angelo John Yap
Read it on author's website: http://saventravel.blogspot.sg/2014/04/japan-golden-week-kyoto-22.html

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