Hotel Oaks Kyoto Shijo
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... types of sake for our palate. He was even able to find something for Nicole who didn't know what she liked.
The next day we met an old friend of ours from Budgens - the place where we met. After a quick catch up, we hired bicycles and made our way to the Golden Temple. It was very picturesque there. The temple sat shining in the middle of a pond and beautiful garden. Unlike the 'Silver Temple' that we'd visited this one actually was gold!
We then stopped for lunch ...
... we went for the full experience and got as close as we could to the staying in a small local Ryokan. After a quick stretch and a shower we headed down to breakfast where we found the traditional Japanese breakfast of dried fish, rice and various other dishes didn’t quite hit the spot. There were a few “western” items that held us over but we were happy to wrap up our traditional experience and make our way back to the train station and back on the bullet train bound for the bright lights and energy of ...
... carved Buddhas all made separately in great detail. 1000 is believed to be the number of perfection. The temple holds a coming of age archery competition for young women every year outside the length of the building.
Our final stop of the day was Kiyomizu temple. This is up above the city. You have to walk along a bustling souvenir street to get to the temple which was so crowded with people trying to ...
... each (about $3.00) and proceeded to about the grounds.
Though we made a winter visit, we imaged what a spring or summer day would be.
Quiet and reserved.
Reaching the temple, the gold exterior sparkled in the sunlight that broke through morning clouds.
There are 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto and the Golden Temple heads the list. When you think of images which represent Japan, two are ...
... the Historic monuments of Ancient Kyoto, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We had a quick lunch at a Japanese 7-11 store which was very interesting. I had a heated pork cutlet sandwich and my parents had an egg sandwich. We also bought drinks from one of the many vending machines located around Japan.
The next place we went to was also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the Nijo Castle which was built in 1603 as ...