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I start the day with an early morning visit to Ginkakuji temple. I am glad to arrive early since the popular temple garden, is experienced best while it's still quiet. It is a true Zen garden, you immediately feel calm and relaxed walking through this garden. It has been designed so perfectly serene. After this temple I go to see nanzenji tempel. Close to the entrance you are already hooked by ...
Bullet train to Kyoto, booked seats, air-con and smooth. Brilliant trains in Japan they run on time!
Off to Nijo Castle which isn't a castle but a palace. It was built in 1603 by the Shogun who wanted to keep an eye on the Imperial family.
The palace is a series of large reception rooms going from public to private as you process to the centre of the complex. The wall paintings are beautiful, they are from the Kano school..even if you ...
Long lie, Shopping centre for Chinese lunch Rickshaw Bamboo forest, Big temple and gardens Shopping in quaint little shops for gifts Walked across bridge Train back to Kyoto Walked to gion area to meet Dani and Dan. Dinner at meat place and drinks in Irish ...
... traditional Geisha tea houses. We stopped for a few drinks and waited for the rain to stop before heading back to our new hostel.
On arrival to the hostel I saw a sign that said you could try on a traditional kimono for free. It had to be done and I arrived just before they stopped for the night. After choosing what colour I would like, someone from the hostel kindly dressed me. I wore it just long enough to get a few good photos. Meanwhile Ollie was being ...
So, I don't think we really anticipated the crowds. So far, we've seen tourists, and a lot of Japanese tourists at that, but never in overwhelming amounts. You usually just have to turn a corner and you find a quieter spot. Most temples are still in use too, so only we are viewing them from the outside. Kinkaju-ji is the number one temple in Kyoto, and it shows. There's ...