Do you know just how beautiful Kyoto’s temples are when covered in blanket of snow?

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  • At the end of 2014 and for the first time in 61 years, as a result of the cold snap and subsequent heavy snow, Kyoto recorded a record snowfall of 22cm.
    Although snow brings the risk can cause serious problems and bring the transport system to a standstill, the beauty of the temples clad in a covering of snow is worth special mention.
    This time we are offering some images of Kyoto’s famous temples covered in snow.

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    Kyoto kiyomizudera temple

    Constantly in the annual top three sightseeing spot ranking is Kiyomizu Temple.
    Kiyomizu no Butai, from which people used to jump, and the temple when lit up on limited occasions are particularly popular.

    Japanese notation:京都清水寺


    This is also a spot popular with sightseers.
    The gold of Kinkakuji surrounded by greens and with the contrasting white of the snow covering is beautiful.

    Japanese notation:金閣鹿苑寺

    Ginkakuji temple

    Ginkakuji, often spoken of alongside Kinkakuji, has a calm air about it to which the snow adds solemnity making it even more mystical.

    Japanese notation:銀閣寺


    Japanese notation:源光庵
    This is a temple famous for its view outside from 2 of its windows.
    Although well-known for it’s autumnal scenery, its snowy landscape is also wonderful.

    Kamikamo jinja shrine

    With a focus on the main shrine which is designated a national treasure, the appearance of various other scattered shrines also designated national treasures and assets of cultural importance is a highlight.
    When it comes to the view of this in snow, the picture is indescribable

    Japanese notation:上賀茂神社

    Kouzanji temple

    Japanese notation:高山寺

    daigodera shrine

    Daigoji, famous for its five-storied pagoda.
    The beauty of the surrounding trees and lake bring about involuntary sighs.

    Japanese notation:醍醐寺

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