Travel Blogs from Kyoto
... re going to be snowed in, you may as well have breakfast in style! Then, onto Chion-in, a Buddhist temple which was on my list of temples to see today. The temple is pretty extensive - founded in 1234 and now the headquarters of the Jodo sect. The San-mon (temple gate) is absolutely amazing. It's the biggest in Japan and was built to proclaim the supremacy of the Jodo sect (yes, i'm looking at the guidebook right now!). I took off my shoes and climbed to the top up a ...
us a little here in Kyoto. Just round the corner from our hostel and
it had a really wide selection of meals you easily microwave. Cheaper
then a meal out too, and they were pretty tasty so can't complain.
The next day was forecast rain, rain
and more rain. However, with quite a bit we wanted to get out and see
in and around Kyoto we decided to go out anyway. Although we got
soaked to begin with, umbrellas proved vital once again, ...
... the most impressive building I've seen so far, it's not just painted gold, it's actually covered in gold leaf. Unsurprisingly you weren't allowed anywhere near it. Unfortunately it was not the original as that got burnt down in the 50s by a disgruntled monk then rebuilt a few years later. Regardless, its still a very impressive sight, very serene.
After leaving there i decided to try walking to the my next destination... in the boiling ...
... and a very simple Zen garden: just 15 rocks in white gravel.
Heading back into the centre of town, I checked out Nishiki Food Market to admire the beautiful food stands and try out some of the produce, before heading to see the final attraction of my trip: the Yasaka Shrine, which stands out in the Gion landscape with its bright orange, green and white facades.
And that basically covers off my last day in Kyoto, and the last day of my ...
... the works was translated into English on the labels. The 2nd floor had an exhibit called History of Kyoto, for which there was an audio guide although very little of what was written in Japanese seemed to be translated on the audio guide. The first floor is just restaurants and shops.
Next was the Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto. It's pretty much just one ...