Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Short Trip to Kansai-area (part3);

           On second day of our trip, we visited three places in Kyoto and Osaka;
*Heianjingu 平安神宮*
Heian Shrine (平安神宮, Heian Jingū) was built in 1895, on the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of the capital's foundation in Kyoto. Heian is the former name of Kyoto.
             This home page has beautiful header picture (slideshow);
               This is the English page which you can read its history;

*Entrance and From Inside*

      *Nijo Castle (Nijyo-jo)*

This castle was raised by Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1603.  (there are some other castle with the same name built by other feudal lords.    This is the homepage in English by 'The World Heritage site';

*Inside of the castle*
many foreigners in Kyoto

*Into the garden*

I found this blue heron standing (resting) on the stone far in the garden :-)

         *あべのハルカス;  Abeno Harukasu  *

This new highest (60-story. 300m-high) skyscraper of Japan had its grand opening in Abeno-ward in Osaka City on March 7th last year.  The name Harukasu is an ancient word used in the Heian period (794-1185) meaning 'to make (people's heart) cheerful'
         You can read about this building here .
Picture on the right is from Japanese homepage.
Lunge and the view from the observatory;

Linking this post to,"Outdoor Wednesday"NF Trees n BushesWATW,

Thank you very much for stopping by; I always appreciate your sweet visits;
(About my header; sorry if unmatched, changed for the newer post


  1. Hello Miyako, both the shrine and the castle are beautiful. I would like to visit these places and the lovely gardens. Great capture of the heron. The skyscraper is cool, I like the meaning of it's name. The views are awesome! Have a happy day and week ahead!

  2. Good morning Miyako, what a beautiful castle it is too! Such lovely architecture and the gardens are most lovely too. Enjoy your week!

  3. Beautiful architecture! I really like it a lot.

  4. Such beautiful photos! I can't remember if I visited Heian Jingu when I visited Kyoto, but I do remember visiting Nijo Castle! It was a lovely place. I went early in the morning, so there were not so many people. And I didn't spot blue heron :-) He looks beautiful and elegant. The view from Abeno Harukasu looks incredible. If I visit Osaka in the future, I make sure to visit there!
    Have a great week, Miyako san!

  5. What a stunning place! Thanks for sharing!

  6. That's fascinating! Your photos are so beautiful. I have never been over seas anywhere before, so nice to be able to "travel" there via your blog. :)

  7. How interesting to see the contrast of those buildings old traditional then new modern.

    I love the garden of course, as always I'm fascinated with Japanese gardens.

  8. Heian shrine in kyoto & Adeno Harukasu I have been in Osaka befire I was reaving in when I was in school only lettle girls.
    love to bling back some romance and quality to the daily life of othere's...
    Kyoto wa wutukushi desune Yahari watashi wa Japanese lady su.
    Tamago San & Miyako San I love to lovely typical tabemono for an Osaka city??
    we still had more raining for few days...
    You has beautiful day!

  9. Hello dear Miyako, I love both the buildings and the gardens. Gorgeous!

  10. Thank you for linking up with us

    - Susanna / Pieni Lintu

  11. Dearest Miyako,
    What a lovely shrine that is and also the castle.
    You are very lucky for having visited during the beautiful summer season!
    Love the sky scraper too.
    Sending you hugs; got way behind as my PC quite working... so on my laptop now, trying to catch up.

  12. Oh Miyako, the shrine and castle are beautiful. I would love to visit it. What a great trip for you.

  13. It is good to see the Kansai area, I have heard about it but not seen it. Those buildings are so interesting, the shrine and castle are so pretty.

  14. absolutely incredible beauty in the shrines, gardens, water area. thank you, miyako!

  15. What a beautiful place to visit. The shrines and gardens are lovely. Have a great day, Miyako!

  16. Lovely buildings but I really love the Heron. Great shots.

  17. The architecture of these buildings is just fabulous. Loving the stunning colors of the first one with the orange/green combo. Great buildings and wonderful fences.

    You show wonderful details in all your shots.
    Also loved the Heron's and the trees. So very pretty.

  18. Heian Shrine is great, Nijo Castle is awesome!

    And I always like your heron pics.

  19. The tradition Japanese building are exceptionally beautiful.
    Nice photos!
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    Peace :)

  20. Hello Miyako, I just wanted to stop back and say thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  21. The castle is just stunning! Great trees and heron shots too!

  22. I love the celadon color of roof of the shrine, and the building with the stacked roofs, really entrancing. The decorations on the inside of the castle are amazing too, and the wonderful gardens with all the perfectly groomed trees and water features. The heron must feel very happy to be there, and secure to groom its feathers. What a wonderful tour, dearest Miyako, hugs from the PNW!

  23. This was such a wonderful gift for us to see all these treasures of your part of the world! The photos are terrific.

    Love the G. Blue Heron images too.

    Thank you very much for sharing this post with us bird enthusiasts at I'd Rather B Birdin'