New Views of Kyoto from Shogunzuka’s New Observation Deck
New Vantage Point above eastern Kyoto, Japan 将軍家の新展望台 -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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New Vantage Point
above eastern Kyoto, Japan
将軍家の新展望台

When I mention Shogunzuka, it can refer to an overlook with nice views of Kyoto that I often visit for sunsets, or its nearby temple. The latter has long had a dilapidated observation deck, but for the last year they were working on a remodel, and this past October they finally unveiled a new temple building and spiffy observation deck.

Same Observation Deck and the new building, as viewed from the edge of the city -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Same Observation Deck
and the new building, as viewed from the edge of the city
Wider View from near the Heian Shine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Wider View
from near the Heian Shine

This past October 8th they finally had the grand opening, so I popped up for a visit.

New Old Building at Shogunzuka -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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New Old Building
at Shogunzuka

The new building is actually an old building moved here and repurposed for use as a temple, but that'll be the subject of another post. Today we're looking at just the observation deck and its views.

Expansive Deck -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Expansive Deck
Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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The views are sweeping. Here's one looking back toward the area from where the 2nd and 3rd photos of this article were taken...

Okazaki Area of Kyoto from orange gate of the Heian Shrine, going left: municipal library, National Museum of Modern Art, Chamber of Commerce Exhibition Hall 京都岡崎、 平安神宮 の 大鳥 から左へは 図書館、 国立美術館、 みやこめっせ -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Okazaki Area of Kyoto
from orange gate of the Heian Shrine, going left:
municipal library, National Museum of Modern Art, Chamber of Commerce Exhibition Hall
京都岡崎、平安神宮大鳥から左へは図書館、国立美術館、みやこめっせ

The green roof just to the upper left of the orange gate that looks like a temple is actually part of the Kyoto City Municipal Museum of Art, and the temple-like roofs to its upper right are of the martial arts center (where I took photos for My First Look at Kendo: Masters Tournament in Kyoto).

Another direction shows the Chion'in Temple and its main building shrouded in a protective shell...

Chion'in Temple 工事中の知恩院 -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Chion'in Temple
工事中の知恩院

Another direction finds a temple nestled in the forested mountain...

Nestled The Anyoji Temple (安養寺) -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Nestled
The Anyoji Temple (安養寺)
Nanzenji (南禅寺) -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Nanzenji (南禅寺)

The big temple-looking roof in the center above is the main gate of the Nanzen Temple, seen from ground level here, and from another (lower) mountain here.

Temples and Small Mountain Komyoji Temple and Mt. Yoshida (光明寺 と 吉田山) -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Temples and Small Mountain
Komyoji Temple and Mt. Yoshida (光明寺吉田山)

The temple buildings in the center are of the Komyouji Temple, which I visited last year for some spectacular shots, but I've yet to post any but this one.

Mt. Yoshida, a tiny bump of a mountain that's fun to explore, has been mentioned in my blog many times, including here, here, here, and here.

Looking back to the new (old) building, you can see that the bump on the end of it is completely new construction...

Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Doors -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Doors
desktop background image of a door at the temple at Shogunzuka (将軍家), Kyoto Japan -- Door Detail -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Door Detail
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Interesting Lock -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Interesting Lock
Simple Roof Carving -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Simple Roof Carving

On the way to check out the inside of the building, I noticed this:

Afterthought -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Afterthought

Better late than never, I suppose.

While I'm here, here are a few photos from the underside of the deck, taken a few weeks later on this hike.

Lots of Lumber -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Lots of Lumber
New Deck built perhaps 5m above the old one -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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New Deck
built perhaps 5m above the old one
More Lumber -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-12-28/2503 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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More Lumber

Oh, and here are some articles (in Japanese) with photos of the construction: here, here, and here.

Continued here...


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

My, oh, my! How I’d love to have that deck behind my house overlooking the river. I wouldn’t even need a backyard..

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on December 29th, 2014 at 12:31am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for showing the architectural details! Great series of images.

— comment by Tom in SF on December 29th, 2014 at 1:04am JST (2 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink
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