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Yoshimine-dera, Kyoto

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Yoshimine-dera (善峯寺) is a temple of the Tendai school of Buddhism in the western ward of Nishikyō-ku, in Kyoto. It is built on the western hills (Nishiyama) overlooking the city.

It was founded in 1029 by Gensan.
The main image is a statue of thousand-armed Kannon. Notable features include the "Gliding Dragon" pine tree (Yōryu no matsu, a natural monument), which was trained to grow horizontally and was once over 50 meters long, and a Tahōtō two-story pagoda (an Important Cultural Asset).
Yoshimine-dera is the twentieth temple on the Kansai Kannon Pilgrimage.
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  • Because of its location, it is not as known as Kiyomizudera or Kinkakuji, but in my opinion Yoshimine-dera is certainly one of a must-see temple in Kyoto. On a mountainside there are many small... 
    Because of its location, it is not as known as Kiyomizudera or Kinkakuji, but in my opinion Yoshimine-dera is certainly one of a must-see temple in Kyoto. On a mountainside there are many small...  more »
  • Another one for the Autumn. Japanese maples abound however, the temple buildings themselves, though almost a thousand years old, fails to impress. 
    Another one for the Autumn. Japanese maples abound however, the temple buildings themselves, though almost a thousand years old, fails to impress.  more »
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  • A beautiful, somewhat secluded temple on the outskirts of Kyoto. Probably my favorite temple in all of Japan. We have visited during summer and fall for the hydrangea and autumn leaves, but hydrangea season is definitely my favorite. It's difficult to access without a car, but worth it if you can. Much less crowded than other temples in more central Kyoto, and you can really enjoy Kyoto's landscape from above.
  • A beautiful place to visit during ajisai season. Recommended to visit at the early morning to avoid the crowd. Coming with a car is recommended as the bus is only come once every hour. Surely you don’t want to get squeezed at the bus full of people during covid

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