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This hotel is both great and reasonable. If you visit Otsu, this hotel is an excellent choice. Highly recommended.
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... a side dish or two for about 700 yen.
So my third day started with a the number 205 bus arriving on time to take me to the north west of the city. The bus shows each stop in Japanese and English - so very easy to know where to get off. And when you get off there are maps showing where to go.
First stop was 'kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavillion. Very pretty, being covered in gold foil, but a quick visit as nothing to actually ...
... students from Yokohama came up to me really wanting to take a picture with me. Who was I to say no?
Ryoan-Ji is best known for a zen rock garden with 15 stones in sand, and was generally very pleasant to walk through what was basically a small forest with a large pond. The last one, Ninna-Ji, is apparently one of the best underrated temples, featured a huge gate and a five-story pagoda.
After a brief rest at our hotel room ...
... leaving the serene temple grounds, we headed along Philosopher's Path in the direction of another group of temples. It seems that I picked the perfect time to come to Kyoto, as all the sakura trees along the path were in full bloom and starting to lose their petals in a soft pink rain. The Philosopher's Path follows a canal lined with hundreds of sakuras, and they were all blooming ...
... around $10,000 in U.S. dollars. The name and date of the donor is inscribed on the back of each one.
There are two parallel rows of dense gates, spaced just a little apart, allowing the sun to filter through as you hike. They are called Senbon Tori ("thousands of tori gates"). They are side-by-side and I pick one and start through the many tori's.
The hike to the top takes about 3 hours but can take longer if you stop at any of ...
... You should google it though to see...it is quite impressive. Also impressive was the fact that the incense there stopped my allergies. I hung out in front of the main Buddha for several minutes because the burning incense stopped my sneezing, itching, and running nose. It was amazing! It was Agalloch incense which according to the web is a medicinal incense used for headaches and to "dispel the musty". Our next stop was Nishiki market, home to ...