- Places to Explore
- Travel Tips
- Fodor's Choice
- Japanese Phrases
Surrounded by thick stone walls, this complex holds some great treasures within its 47 temples. The biggest tourist draw is in the lecture hall of the main temple, with its stunning painting of a dragon stretching across the expansive ceiling. In rendering the lifelike creature, the painter made clever use of a perspective to make it seem like the dragon's eyes glare at you wherever you walk. Japan's oldest bell is also at daily use in Myoshin-ji, tolling out the hour for meditation since 698. Shunko-in, one of the 47, keeps a Hidden Christian bell; made in Portugal, the bell was placed in Nanban-ji Church, the first Christian church in Kyoto in 1576 and the center of Catholic missionary activity until the religious persecution brought about its destruction. Buses 61, 62, and 63 stop at Myoshin-ji-mae; otherwise take a JR Sagano Line train to Hanazono-cho.
Free Fodor's Newsletter
Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.
Fodor's Trip Planning Ideas
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Go List: Fodor's Top 25 Places to Go in 2013
- Hotel Awards 2012: Fodor's 100 Top Hotels
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Best of Europe: Fodor's Picks the Best Places to Visit in Europe
- $3599 -- Japan: 8-Night, 3-City Tour w/Air, Save $400 Friendly Planet Travel
We are back, and I am jotting down a few things quickly while my mind is still fresh.
First off: thanks to the many Japanophiles here on Fodors who infected us with their enthusiasm: hawaiiantraveller, Read more
Hokkaido, northern island is an amazing destination. Read more
This October, my husband and I are stopping off Narita for 11 days on our way back to USA from Taipei. Read more
· News & Features
Japan is not only a land for all seasons, it's a destination for all travelers.... Read more
There are infinite reasons to hit both Tokyo and Kyoto while visiting Japan (mochi donuts, anyone?). So,... Read more
This pass offers unlimited travel on Japan Railways (JR) trains...... Read more