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Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka Preserved Districts - Kyoto

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Located at the Rakuto Area of Kyoto City, the Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka Preserved Districts are two interconnected historic districts that are famous for the well-preserved machiya or traditional buildings that line up its stone-paved streets.
These scenic streets also serve as the main thoroughfare to some of Kyoto's most visited temples and landmarks. Aside from that, most of the traditional Japanese buildings in these districts are actually souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, and inns which attracts throngs of tourists.
Ninenzaka District



If you're coming in from the northern part of the Rakuto Area, you'll first reach Ninenzaka. This district is officially called Ninenzaka Slope and is actually older of the two districts as it was constructed in 807. Ninenzaka is known for its shops, restaurants, and cafes. Speaking of cafes, the famed Kyoto's Edo-style Starbucks branch is located here.
Getting to Ninenzaka District:
From Kyoto Station, ride bus #100, 110, or #206 and bo…

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Ryozen Kannon - Kyoto

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Located at 526-2 Shimokawaracho, Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City, the Ryozen Kannon (霊山観音)is a war memorial that commemorates the war dead in the Pacific War Theater during the Second World War. 
Ryozen Kannon History

The Ryozen Kannon is famous for its impressive 24-meter (80 ft) tall statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kannon). The massive concrete and steel 500-ton statue was built by Hirosuke Ishikawa and unveiled on June 8, 1955. 




Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, also known as the Goddess of Mercy, was built to honor the war dead of World War II, both Japanese and Allied soldiers. The giant statue is the centerpiece and probably the highlight of the war memorial. However, on the other hand, it is not the only thing to see on the memorial grounds.  Inside Ryozen Kannon grounds:


Inside the Main Hall:

Higashiyama Healing Buddhist Statues - Kyoto

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Located at different parts of Higashiyama District in Kyoto City, the Higashiyama Healing Buddhist Statues refer to the 9 Buddhist statues and altar objects that are believed to grant those who touch them with specific blessings and/or protection. 
These Buddhist statues are called by many names like Furebotoke, Sawaribotoke, or Iyashihotoke. Visitors are urged to touch these statues or altar objects with their right hand or both hands to receive the blessings or generally merits. 


Below are the 9 Healing Buddist Statues, where to find them, and what merits one can receive for touching them.
1. Statues of Hideyoshi and Nene Location: Kodaiji Temple vicinity near the Temmangu Merit(s): It is believed that those who touch these statues get merits for a happy marriage. For those who are single, it is believed that they will get merits for being surrounded by many good people. 
2. Temmangu Location: Kodaiji Temple vicinity Merit(s): It is believed that if one walks around this hall three times, a…

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