Kawai Kanjiro’s house pic

Lesser-Known Attractions in Kyoto, Japan

Kawai Kanjiro’s house pic

Kawai Kanjiro’s house
Image: tripadvisor.com

Benjamin “Ben” Perlin is involved in various industries. At his core, he is a talented photographer who enjoys giving back to his community through various philanthropic efforts. However, he also dabbles in science, music, engineering, and computer programming. In his free time, Benjamin Perlin loves traveling and has visited such places as Kyoto, Japan.

Kyoto has quickly become one of Japan’s most popular tourist cities thanks in part to its many well-known shrines and temples. However the city also houses numerous hidden sites and attractions that tourists can enjoy with fewer crowds. Below are just a few examples:

Kawai Kanjiro’s house: located near the famous Kyo-mizu Temple, Kawai Kanjiro’s house has been a public attraction since 1973. It is the former home of the famous potter, poet, and Folk Art movement leader Kawai Kanjiro and features a collection of the artist’s unique wood carvings and pottery.

Gio-ji Temple: this temple is often ignored by tourists due to its distance from the main Arashiyama sightseeing route. However, Gio-ji Temple’s remoteness makes it a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy an awe-inspiring moss garden. The moss garden at the temple is even regarded as a strong rival to Saiho-ji Temple’s famous moss garden.

Yasui Konpira Shrine: home to the “Stone of Breaking and Bonding,” an igloo-esque rock that supposedly affects the success of relationships, Yasui Konpira Shrine is often overshadowed by the nearby Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Visitors to the shrine write their wishes on a piece of paper before crawling through the igloo-shaped stone in an attempt to fulfill their desires.

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