The last place we visit is a temple Peter also loves, Yogen-in Temple. It is said to have been built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s wife, Yodo-dono, for her father. Peter has come here many times before, but he carefully pays his respects and then observes the buildings’ shapes intently. We spent about an hour strolling around Sanjusangen-do Temple and the surrounding area. When I asked Peter again how he felt about this area, he answered me with “Unlike the the crowded station areas where there are many large supermarkets and shopping areas Higashiyama lives in a time slip— while visiting the wonderful and important historical temples and shrines one can also chat to the maker of Japanese cakes, the jewelry shop owner, the rice shop owner and get a real sense of the local community today.”
Higashiyama Shichijo is an area with many hidden layers of discoveries to unravel as you walk through it. Why don’t you too try enjoying the charming discoveries of this area?
*Entering private property without permission is forbidden. We received permission for our visit.