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Walking through an area of Kyoto known for cherry blossoms and autumnal foliage and for providing the bridge for industrial modernization in the Meiji Period

After the Meiji Restoration, the new government of Japan positioned the area around Heian-jingu Shrine for industrial modernization since the capital was now in Tokyo, and built Japanfs first hydroelectric power plant with water channeled from Lake Biwa. There you also find Okazaki Park at the center of a cultural area that features the National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto), Kyoto Municipal Museum of Modern Art and Miyako Messe, and the foothills of Mt. Higashi where a stroll down Philosopherfs Walk along a branch canal takes you to some of the most prized locations for cherry blossoms and autumnal foliage between Nanzen-ji Temple and Eikan-do Temple (Zenrin-ji Temple) to Gingaku-ji Temple.


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1.subway Higashiyama Station
2.National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The museum opened in 1963 as a branch of the National Museum of Modern Art and was spun off under its current name in 1967.
3.Heian-jingu Shrine
The Heian-jingu Shrine was built to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the transfer of rule from Nara to Kyoto.
4.Shirakawa-in Sanctuary Site
Shirakawain was originally the villa of Yoshifusa Fujiwara and was handed down through the generations of the Fujiwara Clan until Morozane Fujiwara gave it to the Emperor Shirakawa, who, in 1075, built Hosho-ji Temple on the site.
5.Lake Biwa Aqueduct Museum of Kyoto
Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Lake Biwa aqueduct, the museum puts on display diagrams, drawings, photographs and models of the aqueduct and canals at the time they were built, which tell the story of the painstaking work of many people who were involved in the project.
6.Nanzen-ji Temple
This is the headquarters of the Nanzenji School of Rinzai Buddhism.
7.Lake Biwa Aqueduct (On the grounds of Nanzen-ji Temple)
This aqueduct was built in 1888 after those of the Roman Empire in one section of a branch canal to provide irrigation water to the northern area of Kyoto.
8.Eikan-do Temple
This temple is the headquarters of the Nishiyama Zenrinji School of Jodo Buddhism.
9.Kumanonyakuoji-jinja Shrine
This shrine honors the gods Kunitokotachi-no-mikoto, Izanagi-no-mikoto, Izanami-no-mikoto, Amatersuomi-kami.
10.Philosopher's Walk
This roughly 1.6 km promenade along the Lake Biwa Branch Canal goes from Nyakuoji-hashi Bridge to Kinkaku-ji Temple.
11.Reikan-ji Temple (Tani-no-gosho)
Reikanji is a high-ranking temple of the Nanzenji School of Rinzai Buddhism that is managed by women priests.
12.Anraku-ji Temple
The temple was christened Jurenzan.
13.Honen-in Temple
This is an independent temple of the Joto Sect of Buddhism. Its official title is Zenkisan Honenin Bonbukyoji.
14.Ginkaku-ji Temple (World Heritage)
Ginkakuji is one of the three outer satellite temples of Shokoku-ji Temple of the Rinzai Sect of Buddhism.
15.City bus Ginkaku-jido