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Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine - Kyoto

Located at 604-8042 Nakagyo Ward, Nakanocho, Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture, Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Kami Tenjin.

Tenjin is a Japanese deity who is referred to as the Sky God. He is also known as the god of scholarship, academics, and learning. Since the shrine is dedicated to Tenjin, it is no surprise to see many students come to the shrine and offer prayers during exam season.  Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine HistoryNishiki Tenmangu Shrine was founded in the year 1003. The shrine was originally built at Sugawara-in. Since then, it has moved to different sites until its final relocation during the Momoyama Period (1583 - 1600).

Presently, Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine receives plenty of foot traffic not only because of the student pilgrims but also due to the fact that the shrine is very accessible from the very popular Nishiki Market.

This shrine is fairly small compared to the other famous shrines in Kyoto City. It also lacks an expansive garden. However, what I l…

Nishiki Market - Kyoto

Located at Nishikikoji-dori between Teramachi and Takakura, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture, Nishiki Market (錦市場) is a five-block long shopping street known as Kyoto's Kitchen. 
Nishiki Market DetailsAlso called Nishiki Ichiba by the locals, this narrow shopping street is famous for retail stores that specialize in food-related products. This is a good place to buy high-quality knives and cookware, fresh seafood, different ingredients, and Kyoto specialties like streets and dried seafood, different ingredients, and Kyoto specialties like sweets and dried seafood.

Nishiki Market is also home to several stores selling exotic foods like thetakotamago, barbecued sparrow, and many more. So if you're looking to test your palate with unique and sometimes weird flavors then I highly encourage you to visit Nishiki Market. Some of the exotic food in Nishiki Market that you should try out:

Ginkakuji Revisited 2019 - Kyoto

It was only last year when I last visited Ginkakuji (銀閣寺). It was also my first time to visit it. You can actually read my diary entry HERE.

For those who are not familiar with Ginkakuji, it's located at 2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture. This temple is one of the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Site of the city.   Ginkakuji History
Ginkakuji was originally built as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. The name Ginkakuji actually translates to Silver Pavilion as he originally planned to cover the building with silver leaf similar to the gold leaf-covered Kinkakuji which was built by Ashikaga Yoshimasa's grandfather Ashikaga Yoshimasu. Sadly, Yoshimasa died even before the plan to cover Ginkakuji with silver leaf came to fruition. 

After Yoshimasa's death, the villa was converted into a temple. Although there were talks about finishing the plan to cover the temple with silver leaf as envisioned by Yoshimasa but it was decided to just maintain it as …


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