City of 10,000 temples

Trip Start Dec 30, 2006
Trip End Jul 27, 2007

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Friday, July 6, 2007

Land of 10,000 temples.  After a couple days visiting Kyoto I think I fulfilled all known temple urges I may have had.  Near the end of the first day I was already starting to tire of temples but then we visited the Kiyomizu-Dera temple, which was recently nominated (and lost) a chance to be one of the new seven wonders of the world.  It was pretty impressive. 

At the temple I was able to drink from the mythical fountain which, if everything works out, should mean I will have many years of prosperity.  At least I hope so.  There are three streams to drink from and each stream apparently symbolized a different trait the drinker would achieve.  But, you can only drink from one because if you get greedy and drink from them all you get nothing.  I just hope I didn't drink from the "crappy life" stream.

Kyoto is also known for the mysterious Geisha.  They seem to hang out in one area of town.  So, armed with our cameras, Paul and me went on a Geisha hunt.  We caught a couple too!  Crickey!  I still don't know what they do but I hear it is very expensive.

I ran out of cash in Kyoto and tried to find an ATM to get some more.  What a hassle.  Japan is the first country I have been where I have had trouble accessing money with my bank card.  Even in developing countries like Cambodia, India and Ukraine I never had a problem finding multiple machines that took international cards.  Not so here.  I think it took us almost an hour and six different ATMs before someone told us the only one we could use was on the seventh floor of a department store.  I don't really understand why so many of their ATMs are for domestic cards only.
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