Masterpieces from the Nara and Kamakura periods (Ikkyu-ji Temple)
Kyoto City → [40 mins] → Kyotanabe City: Shuon-an
Ikkyu-ji Temple (40 mins) → [20 mins] → Kyotanabe City:
Omido Kannon-ji Temple (40 mins) → [40 mins] → Kizugawa
City: Kaijusen-ji Temple (40 mins) → [10 mins] → Kizugawa
City: Kunikyo Ruins (30 mins) → [60 mins] → Kyoto City
●Shuon-an Ikkyu-ji Temple
A temple with a Japanese rock garden where the monk Ikkyu spent his last years.
●Omido Kannon-ji Temple
A temple where you can see the eleven Kannon statues and receive many divine blessings.
The 17.7m tall five-storey pagoda, the only one built during the Kamakura period, is a national treasure which used to house statues of the four heavenly kings (the statues are currently entrusted to the Nara National Museum. The inside of the five-storey pagoda and the statues of the four heavenly kings are usually closed to the public.) The temple offers sweeping views across to Mt. Kongo and Mt. Katsuragi.
About 1300 years ago, Emperor Shomu ordered the construction of the Kuni-Kyo palace in Kizugawa, which briefly became the country’s capital between 740 and 744. By visiting these ancient ruins, you are able to get a sense that this corner of Japan played a pivotal role in Japanese history.