Went to Toji Temple (Kyoo Gokokuji Temple, the head temple of the Shingon Buddhism), the origin of Heian-kyo. After the relocation of the capital to Heian-kyo, only Toji (east) and Saiji (west) temples were allowed to be built to prevent political intervention by Nara Buddhism. Only Toji Temple still remains.
Entered through Important Cultural Property "Kitasomon Gate" and walked along the long approach.
One of the satellite temples, "Kanchiin", was located in front of "Hokudaimon Gate".
National Treasure "Mieido (Daishi Hall)". It houses Kukai's small statue of Buddha, the highly secret statue, and the statue of Kobo-Daishi (Kukai), National Treasure. After a major renovation, the new cypress-blown roof shined in the blue sky.
"Jikido" hall. The current principal statue is the eleven-faced Kannon Bodhisattva.
The five-story pagoda is a national treasure and a symbol of Kyoto. The pagoda was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire four times due to lightning strikes, and the current pagoda was rebuilt in the mid-17th century.
The pagoda looked large as viewed closely, and is the tallest ancient wooden structure in Japan at 55 meters.
The earthquake-resistant structure of the five-story pagoda, with its independent central pillar, is used in New Tokyo Tower, "Sky Tree".
National Treasure "Kondo". Three Important Cultural Properties, the three sacred treasures of Buddhism (Bhaisajyaguru, Nikko Bodhisattva, and Gekko Bodhisattva), are placed in this hall. No photography inside.
The Auditorium, an Important Cultural Property, the place for monks to give lectures and sermons. Inside, 21 Buddhist statues: 5 high-ranking Buddhist deities (Dainichi Nyorai, Amida Nyorai, etc.), 5 bodhisattvas, 5 great kings, 4 heavenly guardians, Brahma, and Teishakuten (heavenly sovereign), creating Kukai's three-dimensional mandala world. There were handsome men, strong men, and healers, a wonderland that was fun to look at. National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties.
Yashima Shrine located on the south side of the temple. It has been the guardian deity of the land since before Toji was built. There are many examples of temples and Jishu-jinja shrines in Kyoto.
On the way home, went to a long-established soba noodle restaurant near home, "Shofukutei".
Fluffy Kyoto-style oyako-don (rice topped with chicken and egg) and tea soba noodles.
The same fluffy katsu-don and tea soba.
A hidden but popular restaurant, constantly visited by regular customers. It was a relaxing place with warm service and excellent taste. Wished to have such soba restaurants as this in Tokyo and Sapporo. Thank you for the meal.
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