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Listen to daily chants and drums and follow a morning fire ritual at Chishaku-in, the head temple of the Shingon Buddhist Chizan sect. Famous for its refined "fusuma" paintings of landscapes on the walls of the main chamber, which have been declared a national treasure, the temple also has a meticulous pond garden amid fragrant flowers; you can admire perfectly arranged stones and gravel at the garden. Founded in the 14th century, the temple provides a quiet, less touristy spot in which you can meditate. Check out the small museum, which displays an architecture exhibit, when you visit the temple, which is only a 10-minute walk from Shichijo station. By using our Kyoto trip itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Chishaku-in and other attractions in Kyoto.
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  • I went to the Aoba Festival of Tomozumiin. On this day, the garden is free, and there are many events and goma. Before the Aoba Festival, the monks go to Mt. Omine for training, so this festival is different.
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  • The meikatsu garden located on the left is wonderful on foot from the entrance of Tomozumi. In the garden, you can admire the Famous Garden with the painting of The Shoin In in the background. It was healed only by sitting on the edge and looking at the garden. In addition, you can see the golden blue barrier painting of the national treasure which was said to be the best masterpiece in the Momoyama period in the collection.
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