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... bad, so as soon as i get off the train, I feel like turning around, but i fight my way through the crowd and start my hike through these amazing Tori gates, thousands of them spaced perfectly with Japanese Kanji all over them, quite the site, so for the first leg of the journey it is packed with tourists, at the half way mark you have the chance to turn around and head back to the bottom, so 90% of the tourists head back down, and only the strong carry on, so up to the top ...
This is something that I can't understand about Japan's economy, because we are talking about an economy that has supposedly been stagnant for two decades. How, then, is it possible for cities to support this many high end restaurants? That one street probably had about 30 to 40 restaurants serving food at prices comparable to O Ya in Boston.
So, yeah, Kyoto is a bit out of the price-range that Yvette and ...
... and stands today. Each time it was rebuilt it got smaller, but it is still the largest wooden temple in the world. The bronze Buddha is mostly original except for the head which is only 300 years old.
It was a fabulous day. We said good-bye to our local guide, Mickey who has been wonderful. We go to Kanazawa tomorrow on the train where we meet our new local guide. Of course, Bill, our Tauck guide and guardian will continue on with us.
... in the morning and I was almost the only person there. Thus I could fully enjoy the peace and serenity of the moss garden. This garden is very simple: a large area covered with well-groomed moss, one lantern in a corner, some maple trees and bamboo in the background. It was so quiet that I could hear the sound of the wind within the bamboo leaves. At the back of the house, you will find the slippers that will allow you to visit the rest of the garden but don't walk on ...
... is called Kinkaku-ji. Kinkaku-ji's garden is an example of Muromachi period garden design. The Muromachi period was a classical age of Japanese garden design. The relationships between buildings and its settings were emphasized during this period. It was a way to combine the structure into the landscape in an artistic way. The garden designs were created by a reduction in scale, a more central purpose, and a distinct setting. ...