Went to "Hokongo-in Temple", known as the Lotus Temple. It is famous for its garden that mimics Buddhist Paradise. Since lotus flowers bloom beautifully early in the morning, it opens at 7 a.m. in the summer viewing period.
Hokongoin is a temple of the Risshu sect of Buddhism, built in the early Heian period. The Risshu sect originated in China, and was spread by Ganjin who came to Japan and made Tashodaiji Temple his headquarters.
Hokongoin Temple was once devastated, but was rebuilt by Taikenmonin (Akiko Fujiwara), the mother of Emperors Sutoku and Go-Shirakawa.
The Enchi pond was filled with white and pink lotus flowers. The four colors of lotus flowers are collected in Hogongo-in, in reference to the fact that the Buddhist Paradise has large blue, yellow, red, and white lotus flowers.
About 90 varieties of lotus, including the Oga lotus, Sokuhiren lotus, and Oji lotus, bloom one after another in a variety of colors in the circular garden, creating a scene that resembles the Paradise.
The oldest man-made waterfall in Japan, "Seijo no Taki (waterfall)" is designated as a special place of scenic beauty.
Beyond the lotus pond is the main hall.
Went to "Minokichi" at dusk when it was still bright.
A table mat with a tourist map of Kyoto.
Enjoyed Kaiseki lunch box.
And Eel and rice.
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