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This is the view of Kyoto from above.

I climbed up to the 3rd floor of Gion-Kaku Pavilion of Daiun-in Temple. From there, you can see the panorama of this anicient city.

This picture is a view of Higashi-yama (東山:"eastern hills") area from Gion-Kaku Pavilion.

When the Emperor Kanmu built Kyoto as the imperial capital of Japan in 794, this area was not included in the city. It was just a field between the capital and surrounding mountains.

Between the inhabited area and the natural area, Higashi-yama area began to be regarded as the boundary area between this world and the another world. So the people of Kyoto built a lot of temples, shrines and graveyards in this area. As a result, Higashi-yama became a treasure house of art and history in Japan.

The field of view in this picture is designated as the Traditional Building Preservation Area. It's a rare case in the big cities in Japan. Needless to say, there are nothing such as Preservation Areas in Tokyo nor Osaka.

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