Arigato, Japonia! 16. Kyomizu-dera, Kyoto / Arigato, Japan! 16. Kyomizu-dera, Kyoto

Back to Kyoto, I started early in the morning and went to visit Kiyomizu-dera, one of the “must see” temple on the list of every tourist in Nara. Depending on the time they have, they visit Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji and … Continue reading

Arigato, Japonia! 13. Horyu-ji, Nara / Arigato, Japan! 13. Horyu-ji, Nara

 Horyu-ji or the Temple of the Flourishing Law is the first Japanese construction which entered under UNESCO protection since 1993. This is the oldest wooden Japanese construction. The temple had the oldest pagoda in the world (710) and the Middle … Continue reading

Arigato, Japonia! 12.Altarul shintoist Kasuga-taisha, Nara / Arigato, Japan! 12. The Shinto Shrine Katsuga-taisha, Nara

The Shinto shrine Kasuga-taisha, built in 768 by the powerful clan of Fujiwara, is well known in Nara. I read somewhere on internet that what Fushimi Inara is for the tori, Kasuga-taisha is for the toro. What are toros? These … Continue reading

Arigato, Japonia! 11. Todai-ji, Nara / Arigato, Japan! 11. Todai-ji, Nara

Todai-ji was built in 752 by the Emperor Shomu to defend the country against the epidemics but also to consolidate the imperial power.  Nandaimon is the first gate you have to pass through in order to go to Todai-ji.  A … Continue reading

Arigato, Japonia! 10. Nara, vechea capitala imperiala / Arigato, Japan! 10. Nara the Old Imperial Capital

Nara has been the first permanent capital of Japan, before it was moved to Kyoto. When you are in Kyoto, seeing Nara seems mandatory, so many tourists head there. Most of them limit their trip to see the three temples … Continue reading

Arigato, Japonia! 8. Ginkaku-ji sau Pavilionul de Argint / Arigato, Japan! 8. Ginkaku-ji or the Silver Pavilion

Ginkaku-ji is a Zen temple and it is part of the UNESCO treasury. You may visit it daily between 8.30-17, and the entrance ticket is 500 yen. Making your way to the temple, you can see a lot of little … Continue reading