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... that developed in the wealthy aristocratic circles of Kyoto during Yoshimitsu's times. Each floor represents a different style of architecture.
Kinkakuji is an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond, and is the only building left of Yoshimitsu's former retirement complex. It has burned down numerous ...
... and cheap. The tour itself was relatively interesting but we were happy being let in to the 'tour only' section and wandering about on our own. The palace and the gardens are huge! The Japanese gardens were my favourite. Next we walked/ran between train stations to get to the next of the sites on my to do list. We arrived at the bottom of the tori mountain with about half an hour until sunset. The climb up the mountain is meant to take ...
... here and together we went to explore some restaurants and the nightlife in Kyoto - great fun!
I spent another day in Kyoto going to the Arashiyama area, famous for its Bamboo grove. The grove is actually only a small piece of land planted with bamboo and 1 road leading through it. Combine this with 36 busloads of Japanese schoolkids and you understand why this wasn't the best sightseeing in Kyoto. I did however also go to the Okochi Sanso gardens, which ...
... While the buildings down at ground level are attractive, it is the pathway which winds up the mountain through the tunnel of tori gates is the main attraction to this particular shrine.
Since we were climbing fairly late in the afternoon, we had most of the pathway to ourselves. I can't imagine it would be a pleasant place to visit if it was particularly crowded, but with nobody in front or behind you, you're free to climb at your own ...
Finding the hostel, after a very
pleasant and easy train to Kyoto, was not so easy. The rain and the
fact it was getting dark didn't help; neither did the confusing map
we found or Paul's kind of helpful but not always accurate compass
app on his phone. We made it though, and the lady remembered us, as
the owner who we met in Osaka before (same hostel company here in
Kyoto) had liked us and the fact it was our 'honeymoon' and so had
given us a free room upgrade! From ...