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Hidden Paths: Walking through Historical Kyoto

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When one thinks about Kyoto, the mind fills with images of majestic temples, serene gardens, and rich cultural heritage. The city of Kyoto, nestled in the heart of Japan, is often associated with its well-known tourist attractions such as Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. However, hidden beneath the surface lies a network of fascinating hidden paths that offer a glimpse into the city's historical past.

Hidden Kyomachiya Path In Kyoto HIDDEN PATHS : Walking Historical Kyoto

Hidden Kyomachiya Path in Kyoto

HIDDEN PATHS : Walking Historical Kyoto
by Phillip Jackson (Kindle Interactive Edition)

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Language : English
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These hidden paths wind through the city, allowing visitors to uncover the lesser-known gems of Kyoto. Walking along these paths is like stepping back in time, immersing yourself in the rich history and culture that can be found around every corner. Each path has a story to tell, providing a unique perspective on the city's past.

One such path is the Philosopher's Walk, a picturesque canal path lined with hundreds of cherry trees. This path takes you through the Higashiyama district, known for its stunning temples and traditional architecture. As you walk along the path, you can contemplate the same thoughts that once occupied the famous Japanese philosopher, Nishida Kitaro, who used to stroll along this very route.

Another hidden gem is the Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka streets. These narrow, winding streets are lined with traditional wooden buildings, giving visitors a taste of the old-world charm that Kyoto is famous for. With its preserved architecture and traditional shops selling local crafts and souvenirs, these paths are a delight to explore.

For those interested in samurai history, the Byodo-in Omotesando path is a must-visit. This path leads to the iconic Byodo-in Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking along this path, you can almost envision the samurai warriors of the past marching towards the temple, their swords gleaming in the sunlight.

One of the most enchanting hidden paths is the Tetsugaku-no-Michi, or the Path of Philosophy. This pleasant walk takes you alongside a canal lined with hundreds of cherry trees. As you stroll along this serene path, you can reflect on the philosophical ideas of Kyoto's past scholars, who were inspired by the tranquility of the surroundings.

Sannenzaka And Ninenzaka Streets HIDDEN PATHS : Walking Historical Kyoto

Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka streets

The key to uncovering these hidden paths is to wander off the beaten track, away from the crowds of tourists. Exploring Kyoto's hidden paths not only allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city but also gives you a unique opportunity to connect with the traditions and stories that have shaped Kyoto into what it is today.

So, the next time you find yourself in Kyoto, be sure to stray from the well-trodden path and venture into the hidden corners of the city. Explore the hidden paths, breathe in the historical air, and let the city reveal its best-kept secrets.

HIDDEN PATHS : Walking Historical Kyoto
by Phillip Jackson (Kindle Interactive Edition)

5 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 60266 KB

Kyoto is a city rich in history. A lot of the physical evidence of that history has though long since disappeared as it is also a city that has witnessed the ravages of fire, earthquakes, and civil wars. It is said to be a spiritual land, chosen as the capital city for the emperor Kammu to take up residence in the year 794. Surrounded almost totally on the north, east, and west sides by mountains and wooded hills, to the south the land stretches out to Osaka. With its narrow streets, mix of old and new architecture, peaceful rivers, and close at hand nature, it is a city that holds on to its past tightly whilst embracing the future with open arms.
This book does not serve to give an in-depth historical story of Kyoto or even of the areas that the walks are situated in. This books is a taster, a guide to open the doors to the curious who want to see some of the city and suburbs that may be hidden by either time or modern life. Regardless of which ever part of Kyoto you find yourself in, you will always find a story. With this book it is hoped that the reader will use these walks to take it upon themselves to delve deeper. In this volume the four walks that have been chosen all played a role in a significant part of Kyoto鈥檚 history and also still bear physical evidence or scars in many of the locations from when that history actually happened.
Read the descriptions either before starting the walks or as you go along, take your time to enjoy each part, many of the locations have more information on site, and most of all enjoy Kyoto!

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