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Travel Blogs from Kyoto
We took a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. We had to sleep on the floor on tatami mats like the Japanese do. The mat is 1 inch - ouch! We saw beautiful temples, shrines and gardens in Kyoto. I washed my hands in the temple and prayed for my family. We threw pennies in the river for good luck. There is lots of bamboo and green tea ice cream. We …
... grabbed lunch at a 7-11, quickly becoming a favorite stop because it is cheap and has a wide variety for both of us. We hopped on a bus and rode to Kinkakuji, the gold pavilion. In contrast to the silver pavilion yesterday, this one is actually covered in gold leaf. This was the first stop in the whole trip where we felt a bit overwhelmed by the crowds. Not much to tour here as you can't go inside, so we decided to walk over to Ryoanji temple. ...
... Sanjusangen-do, which is filled with 1001 magnificent statues, plated with gold leaf, of the Buddha. One thousand of the statures were of human height and had eleven faces. The larger main image had eleven faces and a thousand arms. In front of these statues were an additional twenty-eight statues of spirits. All of these statures were made by seventy sculptors over a period of one hundred years. Photos and videos were not allowed in the hall, ...
... street, flanked with traditional Japanese restaurants.
The restaurant we went to was called a Tempanyakie. At these restaurants the tables are low lying and have a grill sunken into them. You sit bare footed, cross legged and grill your own food.
The food was ok, the experience was better. The Asahi and sake helped both.
Our last full day in Kyoto was certainly more successful than the first.