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Another day out and about and the sky already had the clouds rolling in this morning.
After being sensible with a typhoon pending and checking out our travel insurance and the up to date local weather forecast at Reception we investigated travel and accommodation options before we went sightseeing and everything might go pearshaped.
First visit was to Fushimi Inari Shrine. It is built all the way up a mountain with thousands and thousands of red poles marking ...
... to drop off our bags even though it wasn't time to check in.
We ran off to wander around the area with no map besides the little not very descriptive one in my LonelyPlanet travel guide. Since lunch was our first mission, we started paying attention to popular streets looking for a place for food. We stumbled upon Gion and the Gion corner (which was really really expensive restaurants and not what we were lookig for). There were a bunch of people in kimonos ...
... timbers used for construction.
Apparently contemporary rope was not very good and rope made from hair was significantly better.
Nishi (West) Honganji, a 10 minute walk away, had a very similar design but was smaller and, as we discovered, was built first and originally called simply Honganji.
In response to the growing popularity of the Jodo Shin-Shu sect of Buddism, head-quartered at Honganji and established ...
Our final stop was at the Kiyomizudera Temple which is a UNESCO site perched on a mountainside. I was originally built in 780AD and reconstructed in 1633. The walk up to the temple is uphill on a narrow walking street lined with many souvenir shops and food stalls. There were so many people it really took away from the whole experience. Obviously a popular tourist spot. There was a ...
... got there, the temple was about to close. Too bad we were not able to get inside the Kiyomizudera temple. The background of the temple was the thick forest of Kyoto's mountains.
We walked down the Ninenzaki stone hedge path to go to the Gion area and found the Yasaka pagoda. Took a long while before the sunset but I was glad to have seen the sun as a colorful backdrop of the Yasaka pagoda tower.
Walking down the Gion area for a while was also shedding some hopes of seeing ...