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Higashiyama-ku of Kyoto, Japan

There are eleven divisions within the city of Kyoto, one being the Higashiyama-ku. This area is also known as the Eastern Mountain District, and its one of the most preserved historic places in Kyoto. Here you’ll see traditional boutiques selling little accessories, jewelry, clothing, local snacks, dessert, and so much more. The shops, cafes, restaurants, and temples all well-present the Japanese culture.

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Within the district there is the Kiyomizudera (清水寺), which translates into “Pure Water Temple”. I did not visit this since it was under renovation. The entrance fee to this is 400 yen (aprox. $3.50 USD). Just 30 minutes from the Kiyomizudera Temple is the Yasaka Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. Here you can find hundreds of paper lanterns all around. Many come to make wishes and say their prayers.

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Yasaka Shrine is known for its many lanterns.

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Kiyomizudera Location: 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan

Yasaka Shrine Location: 625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0073, Japan

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