October 20, 2015

Located at the eastern Kyoto, this Buddhist temple is one of Japan visitors’ bucket list. I, myself has been there personally and I guess I am still stunned by its beauty whenever I recall those times. The place is peaceful and relaxing. Nature and culture in an open minaudière. 

The temple is on a mountain named Otowasan. I got goosebumps when I founded that this temple was constructed in 1633. And that ... there is not a single nail used in the entire structure.
Yes, you heard read it right.

On the way up, there are stalls where you can buy souvenirs, tabemono(food) and other items. There is also a stall where you can rent a Yukata(summer Kimono). In Japan, wearing a traditional clothing in a casual day is just plainly usual. And acceptable. Like, who the hell will wear a Filipiniana in the Philippines without a certain occasion? Japanese women can wear their Yukata whenever they want. 

You can see there a red temple far from the place where I’m standing, don’t have any idea which temple is that though. From there, you can see the mountains and a breath-taking landscape that a photo can’t give justice to what a naked eye can capture. 

here are the other things you can find in the temple

Otowa Waterfall

After getting down from the main hall, you can find streams of water coming from the said waterfall. Once you get there, you should fill your ladle from one/two of the three streams of water that symbolizes longevity, health or intelligence. Mind you, you only have to choose one or two stream of water to drink from, if you'll be greedy and drink from all three it is believed that none of the benefits will be granted.

And how did they construct this without the use of even a single nail? Hmmm..

On our way down, we’ve found a restaurant with an old Japan theme. Mama ordered Zaru soba/cold soba, she’s seriously into cold soba during the whole summer! 

While here’s mine .. looking so yummy right?  

 And before this entry ends, I’ll leave you with a very sexy photo of the Matcha x Sakura gelato I got as a dessert. Yay! 

Grateful to experience this kind of summer.. Yukata, Kiyomizu-dera, food and gelato!
What have you done, Japan?

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  1. I have seen lots of photos of that old structure but my gosh it give me goosebumps when you said no single nail use to construct that temple.

    Vanessa | Ai ♥ Capture Memories

    1. I'm also shocked the moment I discovered that information. And, as I search for more.. I found out another crazy thing. Wanna know? Hahaha. geez. Japanese people. :3


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I am a teacher by profession from Bulacan, Philippines.
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I document my travels, little advocates, adulting process and the art of slow living.
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