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Yasaka-no-to tower, Hokanji temple, is one of the most iconic spots in Kyoto that appears on various pictures related to tourism. Although many tourists are going by and taking pictures of this tower every day, few people enter the grounds. To tell the truth, it is possible to enter the inside of Yasaka tower and furthermore, we can go up to the second floor using steep and narrow stairs. It is so exciting to see the inside of the tower directly and to see the outside from the second floor’s windows. It is also interesting and informative to see the structures of the tower such as a single-center pillar, a round center stone base, and wooden framework structures. In addition to that, we can see the old paintings on the walls, pillars, and so on.
Usually, it is open to the public on the weekend with no rain.