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Heian Shrine - Kyoto

Located at Nishitennocho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture, Heian Shrine(平安神宮) is one of Kyoto's most popular shrine.

Heian Shrine History Heian Shrine also called Heian Jingu, was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the city. The shrine is actually a 5/8 scale reconstruction of the original Imperial Palace which was built when Kyoto was founded in 794. Aside from the vermilion-colored shrine building, there are other notable things to see in Heian Shrine like the giant Torii located 500 meters in front of the shrine. This Torii, although far from the shrine, is actually the main entrance to Heian Shrine. 

Then there's the vast Shin-en Garden, which is the only part of the shrine that requires an entrance fee to visit. The entrance fee is 600 yen per adult and 300 yen per child. The garden is open 8:30AM - 4:30PM. Shin-en Garden is a famous cherry blossom viewing area. It is also well known for its scenic flora like the numerou…

Tofukuji - Kyoto

Located at 15 Chome-778 Honmachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture, Tofukuji(東福寺)is the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. 
Tofukuji HistoryTofukuji was founded in 1236 by the priest Enni. The temple grounds cover an area of 200,000 square meters. It is presently home to the Hojo (Abbot's Hall) the huge San-mon (temple gate) and 24 sub-temples. 

Aside from these, you can also see the spectacular checkboard-patterned garden in the temple grounds. However, to view the garden, you have to pay the 400 yen entrance fee for the Hojo and its garden. 

Another part of the temple ground worth checking out is the Tsutenkyo (Bridge to Heaven) and the Kaisando. It is worth noting that the Tsutenkyo was one of the filming locations of the Japan edition music video of Clean Bandit's Solo featuring Demi Lovato. You can check out the said video below. The Tsutenkyo dance scene is at 1:58.

First Timer's Guide to Philippine Passport Application

Finally, you have decided to see the world... However, before booking for a flight or applying for a visa, keep in mind that you need to have that one document that would allow you to travel abroad.

Readers meet the Philippine passport...

The Philippine (PH) Passportis an important travel document that certifies one of his identity and nationality. It is issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA. There are three types of PH Passports which are often referred to by their colors, the red (official), blue (diplomatic), and the maroon (regular). 

Thered (official) is issued to members of the Philippine government for use on official business. the blue (diplomatic) is issued to members of the Philippine diplomatic service, while the maroon (regular) is the one issued to any Filipino citizen applying for a PH passport. Now, here's a guide for first-time applicants, so that they could get their own little maroon booklet.

First-time applicants should follow these easy steps in order …

Hiking Mt. Inari

Located in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture, Mt. Inari is one of the most scenic pilgrimage mountains of the Kansai Region of Japan. Mt. Inari Details:Mt. Inarior simplyInariyama, stands 233 meters tall and is a perfect day hike for those living in the city. Since the mountain is a pilgrimage mountain, there are several trails one can use to reach its peak. Some of these trails are made easier by the manmade steps which probably caters to the older pilgrims. These trails pass through several shrines and sub-shrines and not to mention the arcades of vermillion torii gates. 

For those who want a bit of challenge and of course lesser crowds, they can follow the Eastern Trail also known as the Bamboo Grove Course. From Fushimi Inari Shrine, follow the eastward trail to Okusha Hohaisho Shrine which is just several meters away from them famed Senbon Torii. 


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