Sagano is the northern area of
Arashiyama in the western suburbs of central Kyoto.
Basically, the area spreads to the north of JR San'in Line, and is
about 3 km from east to west and about 2 km from north to south.
Since ancient times, here was a resort area of nobility.
Then their villas had been built, and most of them changed Buddhist
temples over a long period of history.
So the temples are the sightseeing spots in this area.
Additionally some beautiful bamboo groves are dotted in this area.
When you walk on the trail through bamboo groves, you can feel the
traditional Kyoto's nature.
/1/ : Most popular path
through bamboo groves.
It is a path about some hundreds meters toward west from Nonomiya
Shrine (See the page of Arashiyama.).
temple /2/ : A temple of Nichiren
sect, one of the major sects of Buddhism, founded in 1596.
It has two-story pagoda designated as an important cultural property.
temple /3/ : A temple of Tendai
Buddhism founded in the 830s or 840s.
Colored maple leaves along the approach are nice.
hut /4/ : The hut where Kyorai
Mukai (1651-1704) lived. He was a disciple of Basho Matsuo (1644-1689),
the greatest haiku poet.
- Giouji temple
/5/ : A nunnery of Shingon
Buddhism founded in the 12th century.
The garden covered with moss is popular.
Nenbutsuji temple /6/ : A temple of Pure Land Buddhism
(Jodo-shu) founded in 811.
In the precincts, there are about 8 thousand stone Buddhist images.
temple /7/ : A temple of Pure
Land Buddhism (Jodo-shu) founded in 987.
The Buddhist image designated as a national treasure has the story that
an ancient Indian king got the sacred one made in Buddha's lifetime in
the 5th century B.C.
temple /8/ : A temple of Shingon
Buddhism founded in 876.
Emperor Saga founded this temple. So many buildings were moved and
rebuilt from the other imperial palaces.
Osawa Pond was built in the image of Lake Dongting in China.
Scenic or Nature /
Park or Garden /
City, Town or Village /
Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine /
Museum or Laboratory /
Market or Commercial facility /
Other Building or Construction /
Historic place /
World Heritage Site
How to get to here
By Randen (Kitano Line of Keifuku Electric Railroad), about 22 minutes
from Shijo-Omiya to Arashiyama terminal station.
By rapid or local train on JR San'in Line, about 14-20 minutes from
Kyoto station to Saga-Arashiyama station.
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