day 103 part 3

My neighbor‘s backyard

佛光寺. Bukkoji Temple

397 Shinkaicho Shimogyo-ku Kyoto

京都御所. Kyōto Gosho (Kyoto Imperial Palace)

(Information from japan-guide.com) The Kyoto Imperial Palace used to be the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family until 1868, when the emperor and capital were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. It is located in the spacious Kyoto Imperial Park (京都御苑, Kyōto Gyoen), an attractive park in the center of the city that also encompasses the Sento Imperial Palace and other attractions. The 1300 meter long and 700 meter wide park serves as recreational space for both tourists and residents, featuring attractive, broad gravel paths, lawns and tree groves.

東寺. Tōji Temple

1 Kujo-cho Minami-ku Kyoto

(Information from japan-guide.com) Toji Temple (“East Temple”) was founded at the beginning of the Heian Period just after the capital was moved to Kyoto in the late 700s. The large temple, together with its now defunct sister temple Saiji (“West Temple”), flanked the south entrance to the city and served as the capital’s guardian temples. Toji Temple is one of Kyoto’s many UNESCO world heritage sites. Toji’s five storied pagoda was originally erected in 826. It stands 57 meters tall, making it the tallest pagoda in Japan, and has become a symbol of both the temple and Kyoto as it can be seen from many places across the city.

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