To-ji Temple: Symbol of Kyoto

This is the temple you see from the Shinkansen train

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

Over the years, I had gone through Kyoto on the Shinkansen a few times but never had enough time to stop and enjoy any sightseeing. From the train, though, a dark, black, imposing pagoda was always visible.

I didn't realize then that this was To-ji Temple. Although the temple was established in 796, the pagoda of this World Heritage Site was built in the Edo period (1603-1867). It is almost 55 meters high (the same as a 16-story building) and is the tallest wooden tower in Japan. The temple itself is home to some amazing statues, while the pagoda dominates the surrounding skyline. There is something powerful and foreboding yet beautiful in its appearance.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you.