Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo
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... I mentioned earlier that we did not bring umbrellas again (we just don’t learn do we!) and really were not in the mood for buying another redundant set, even if they were cheap. Luckily for us the bus trip lasted for about half an hour and the rain had ceased by the time we got off. It was a nice break from the sun and helped cool things down a little. From that point onwards, the sun was to spend the remainder of the day ducking in and out of ...
... city for sightseeing I have been to, and I do not say that lightly. But it is more than that. The whole city has a relaxed atmosphere and pleasantness to it, and is certainly more laid back that the previous cities I have visited here. There are so many amazing sights that I will mention just a few here. Kinkaju, otherwise known as the Golden Pavillion is outstanding and the Bamboo Groves of Arashiyama quite other worldly and.bewitching. The top ...
... to see the Japanese Buddhist interpretation of deities based on the Hindu gods, which reminded me of my time in Balinese Hindu Bali and Lombok. The long and wide gravel moat provides the illusion of a much grander hall and was also used for archery contests called Toh-siya. Incredibly, a young boy launched a record 13,000 arrows in a 24-hour period!
... Pavilion which is covered in gold leaf. We were right hehe...
After that, we went walking down the Philosopher's path and although it wasn't covered with blooming cherry trees at the time, there were beautiful blue hydrangeas! We walked down and stopped for some coffee and at a couple shops on the way. It was so peaceful and smelled amazing. The path ends at Nanzen-ji and we explored that too. I will let the pictures speak ...
... would take me to the shrine as he was planning to go there anyway. Chatted to him, found out he had just quite his job at the sake factory and seemed to just be taking life each day at a time and he told me that he came to pray at the shrine every day. He showed me how to wash your hands correctly at temple and then how to pray, which consisted of bowing, ringing the bell and clapping your hands. Another lovely Japanese person!