Kyoto – the ancient capital of Japan and a major tourist city, which attracts millions of tourists.01.08.2018 23:17
Kyoto-ancient capital of Japan and a major tourist city, which attracts millions of tourists.
the Famous temple of Japan, Rokuon-JI temple, belongs to the school of Sokokuji. Was established as a Buddhist sanctuary by shogun Ashikaga Ishimitsu in 1397. The main difference of this temple is the pavilion that holds the relics of national value. The pavilion is gold-plated, in perfect harmony with the surrounding forests at any time of the year. Around the temple there is a walking track and a garden with a pond. An observation platform that brings many tourists, overlooking the Golden temple and its reflection in the pond is a famous spot for photography. In 1994, listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
the Pavilion built in the style of Hoge, decorated roof in the shape of a pyramid. The building you can see today was restored after a fire in the middle of the twentieth century. Each floor follows a different style, the first floor has borrowed much from the architecture of the Imperial Palace, the second floor is similar to the residence of the samurai. Last performed in the Buddhist style. The last floors are covered with sheets of pure gold, which gave the temple the name Kinkaku – Gold. In the vast extensive garden you can find a tea house, built by master Kanamori, Sokazo to meet with the Emperor. Sacca-Tay, is a classic example of the design period, Muromachi is in the place where the sunset is most beautiful reflected from Kinkaku-JI.
you can Reach the temple by bus, arriving to the bus stop Kinkakuji-MiCHi.
the Imperial Villa Katsura (Katsura Rikyuu)
Villa of the Emperor, built in the style of Seine, adhering to the minimalist and natural. Built at the junction of two epochs of the Japanese state and absorbed their style, the estate became the source of inspiration of many European architects. The Villa and surrounding garden with pavilions was laid in 1615, and was built 47 years. Much of the architecture of the buildings approved under the influence of Zen Buddhism. Initially the style of the Palace was to be built in the style of the Heian period, the Golden era. But the Prince, Toshihito was limited in money and work was slow. Five years after the start of construction on the future site of a Villa of 70 thousand sq. m. was only a garden with a tea house. To the Prince for tea ceremonies often had guests, and in order to diversify leisure, was dug pond, the bridges over which served as an excellent place for a stroll. By 1630 the Villa has already been called a Palace, and Toshihito was proud that I could be doing activities in the likeness of former emperors. The idea to build a Palace at Katsura told him “Tale of Genji", one of the oldest novels in Japan. Of the same novels were taken and the image of the Palace.
the Estate fell into disrepair after the death of Toshihito, but his grown up son, restored dear to the father's estate, adding several new pavilions. Rumors of a new estate made up of the Emperor, which honor Katsuro visit. For him was built the hall «New Seine”. Since the funds by the time the family was enough, the finishing of the hall was held with luxury, while maintaining a refined minimalism. Inspired by the interior, the Emperor ordered to build his Villa in the likeness of a Palace, Katsura.
Despite the extinction of the genus and the fact that the estate is practically abandoned, it retains its original appearance. Villa spared natural disasters, it almost touched the Meiji restoration. In the West, the estate became well known after the book by Bruno Taut in 50 years.
to get to the Villa on foot from Katsura station on the Hankyu line. Either by bus from the bus stop Katsura-Rikyu.