Kiyomizu temple large-scale renovation almost finished

Kiyomizu temple (10 September 2020)

I headed down to the Kiyomizu temple where large-scale renovation has been almost finished and temporally cover of main building has been removed recently, from the golden pavilion in Rokuon-ji temple.

Visitors climbs up to the main building (overhanging stage) on middle of mountainside of Mt. Otowa through Nio-mon (Deva gate) (left side) or Sai-mon (west gate) besides three-story Pagoda.

Nio-mon (Deva gate) (left side) and Sai-mon (west gate) and Three-story Pagoda

Nio-mon (Deva gate) (left side) and Sai-mon (west gate) and Three-story Pagoda

I was able to look at beautiful renovated cypress bark roof on the building, but repairing floor woods on the famous stage is still undergoing then it will be next spring all scaffolds removed.

有名な檜舞台は改修中で少ししか出られませんでした。Famous overhanging Hinoki (Japanese cypress) stage was only partly allowed to step out because of renovation work.

Famous overhanging Hinoki (Japanese cypress) stage was allowed to step out partly because of renovation work.

まだ舞台の上と下には工事の覆いがありますが、葺き替え工事が終わった本堂の檜皮葺き屋根は美しいです。It is still covered on and under the stage by ongoing repair work, but main building’s cypress bark roof recently finished renovation looks very beautiful.

It is still covered on and under the stage by ongoing repair work, but main building’s cypress bark roof renovation was recently finished

Koyasu pagoda It is dedicated to Koyasu Kannon, a goddess who grants safe delivery of children. It is located on a small hill right across the temple’s main hall.

Koyasu pagoda It is dedicated to Koyasu Kannon, a goddess who grants safe delivery of children. It is located on a small hill right across the temple’s main hall.

Overview from Koayasu Kannon

Overview of the main buildings from Koayasu Kannon

Entrance of Jishu Jinja Shrine, Deity of love and relationships (En-musubi).

Entrance of Jishu Jinja Shrine, Deity of love and relationships (En-musubi).

Otowa no taki (Otowa Waterfall) where visitors used to catch pure water, named “Konjiki-sui” (golden water) or “Enmei-sui” (life-prolonging water) with ladles and pray for purification, but currently using ladles is prohibited for avoiding new coronavirus.

Otowa no taki (Otowa Waterfall) where visitors used to catch pure water, named “Konjiki-sui” (golden water) or “Enmei-sui” (life-prolonging water) with ladles and pray for purification, but currently using ladles is prohibited for avoiding new corona virus.

It is necessary of maintenance work keeping historical beautiful scene so I has good chance to take such on-going renovation pictures of popular temples.

Scaffolded the Kinkaku, Golden Pavilion in Rokuon-ji

Kinkaku, Golden Pavilion (10 September 2020)

When I arrived at the entrance to the golden pavilion in Rokuon-ji temple I was told that the pavilion was covered by scaffolds to renew wood shingle roof. This repair work has started from the beginning of September and will continue to December.

It was a little bit regrettable not to take beautiful picture but I changed my mind it was good chance to see rare scene of the covered pavilion.

足場で囲われた金閣 まだ工事が始まったばかりなので中の様子も見られます。The golden pavilion covered by scaffolds. It was just started renovation work so a little bit visible inside through the scaffolds.

It was just started renovation work so a little bit visible inside through the scaffolds.

記念写真用?囲いのない金閣寺の写真も準備されていました。Pictures standing at the best picturing spot may be for memory snapshot

記念写真用?囲いのない金閣寺の写真も準備されていました。Pictures standing at the best picturing spot may be for memory snapshot

Pictures standing at the best picturing spot may be for memory snapshot

鏡湖池 金閣側から見た池は少し寂しげです The pond of Kyoko-chi, The scene from the pavilion looks a little bit lonely.

The pond of Kyoko-chi, The scene from the pavilion looks a little bit lonely.

I strolled in the garden of temple with very few visitors.

Hojo, the head priest's former living quarters

Hojo, the head priest’s former living quarters

Anmintaku

Anmintaku is a pond surrounded by deep forest. As it does not dry up even during droughts, it has been used as a place to pray for rain. The small islet inside the pond holds a five-ringed stone pagoda known as Hakuja-cho, or White Snake Mound

Fudo-do The principal image of the temple is a stone statue built by Kobo Daishi of Fudo Myo-o (Skt. Acala)

Fudo-do The principal image of the temple is a stone statue built by Kobo Daishi of Fudo Myo-o (Skt. Acala)

御守売場 可愛らしい姿です。 A cute shape charm selling hut

A cute shape of charm selling hut

Yanaka, Tennoji and Yuyake-dandan

Yanaka  (29 02 2020)

At an edge of Yanaka cemetery, Tennoji is located.

Statue of Great Buddha, Amithaba Buddha

This temple is famous of sitting Amithaba Buddha statue.

In the premises, it used to have a five stories pagoda, but it was burned put in 1957

Scene in the premises

It was also famous as Tennouji lottery in Edo period, but currently very tranquil temple.

Cherry (Okame variety)

The temple is near Yanaka street, casual shopping street, pouplar Yuyake-dandan, sunset steps.

Yuyake dandan, Sunset gentle steps

 

Zojyouji, Kyu Shibarikyu and Hamarikyu garden

Zojyouji, Kyu Shibarikyu and Hamarikyu garden (Jan 20 2020)

Start from Zojyouji temple

Zojyouji temple main building and Tokyo tower

Zojyouji temple main building and Tokyo tower

From Sangedatsumon (three spirutual gate) to street outside

Sangedatsumon (three spirutual gate)

Shiba Toshogu Shrine

Shiba Toshogu Shrine

Kyu Shiba Rikyu garden

Pine with Snow hanging

Pine with Snow hanging

Pond and skyscrapers

Pond and skyscrapers

A couple taking photo for wedding

A couple taking photo for wedding

Then visit KYu Hama-rikyu garden

Tea house of hawk Taka no ocyaya

Tea house of hawk Taka no ocyaya

Gardener caring pine tree

松の手入れをする庭師 Gardener caring pine tree

Hamarikyu to Asakusa

Hamarikyu to Asakusa (Jan 04 2020)

Start from gate of Hamarikyu garden

Gate of Hamarikyu garden (Entrance fee: ¥300)

(decoration of Happy new year)

Gate of Hamarikyu garden (decoration of Happy new year)

Three hundred year’s pine

Pine/Bamboo/Japanese Apricot (松竹梅)(Syo-Chiku-Bai)

A tidal pond of Hama-rikyu garden

A tidal pond of Hama-rikyu garden

A water bus from Hamarikyu to Asakusa (JPY 800 one-way)

A water bus from Hamarikyu to Asakusa (JPY 800 one-way)

View of Hamarikyu garden from Shumida river

Hamarikyu garden from Shumida river

Rainbow bridge

Rainbow bridge

Tokyo skytree and Asahi-Beer-tower

Tokyo skytree and Asahi-Beer-tower

Go into Senso-ji through Kaminarimon gate

Red lantern of Kaminarimon gate

Nakamise shopping street

Nakamise shopping street

Five-storied pagoda and Tokyo Skytree

Five-storied pagoda and Tokyo Skytree

Main building of Sensoji

Main building of Sensoji