|World Cultural Heritage Sites are dotted throughout the district. Villas that were home to Heian aristocrats in the 8th century.
Northwestern Kyoto, near Mt. Kinugasa and the area between Kinugasa and Omuro, flourished as a home of aristocrats and the imperial family in the Heian Period of the 8th century. Many temples and shrines were built along this road, known as Kinukake-no-michi, including the Kinkaku-ji Temple or Golden Pavilion, a World Cultural Heritage Site. The Nin'na-ji and Ryoan-ji Temples are also well known and the maple trees in the area are beautifully colored in the fall,
he Kinkaku-ji Temple is a three-storied structure covered with gold foil. The glittering beauty of the temple was restored after work on the gold foil in 1988. The stone garden at the Ryoan-ji Temple represents Zen philosophy, consisting merely of 15 stones of different sizes placed in white sand representing an image of the expanding sea and islands. The garden is often referred to as "the Crossing of Tiger Cubs" inspired by the formation of rocks consisting of two or three small rocks next to a big rock, which looks as if a mother tiger is holding her cubs and crossing a river with dangerous torrents. The art of rock gardens created by Zen philosophy makes people imagine any landscapes coming to their mind, completely omitting the unessential. Thus the garden achieves a perfection of simple beauty.
The graceful Nin'na-ji Temple was erected by Emperor Uda in the 9th century. In the end of spring, Omuro-zakura cherries adorn the temple with cherry blossoms on two-meter trees.Another feature of the district is the Kyoto Prefectural Insho-Domoto Bijutsukan Museum of Fine Arts which exhibits Japanese paintings by Insho Domoto (1891-1975), whose style is famous for its bright colors and modern feel
How to get there?
From Kyoto Station to Kinugasa, take a bus to Kinkaku-ji bus stop (25 minutes). To Omuro, take a bus to Omuro-Nin'na-ji bus stop (35 minutes).