Romon Gate at Shimogamo Jinja. Credit: Zairon. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.
Kansai, Kyoto, Temples and Shrines

Shimogamo-jinja Shrine

Shimogamo-jinja is one of Japans oldest shinto shrines. The shrine stands as a perfect picture of the classic Japanese shrine, with vermilion colored torii gates and buildings, paper lanterns, beautifully kept premises and overall peacefulness and tranquility. Shimogamo-jinja is postcard worthy, so if you only visit one shrine in Kyoto, you should definitely make it …

Ginkaku-ji (silver pavilion). Credit: Reginald Pentinio. Licensed under CC.
Kansai, Kyoto, Temples and Shrines

Ginkaku-ji (silver pavilion)

Ginkaku-ji, meaning “silver pavilion temple“, is a buddhist temple in the northern part of Kyoto. Despite being named “silver pavilion” it isn’t actually decorated with silver. For many tourists it sounds like a perfect combination to visit both the Golden Pavilion Temple and the Silver Pavilion Temple. And it sure is a great combination, but …