Catching the bus to Kinkaku-Ji

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
Trip End Apr 12, 2013

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Flag of Japan  , Kinki,
Monday, March 25, 2013

So this morning we caught the bus to Kinkaku-Ji and the queues were just as bad as yesterday. Once we got on the bus though it was alright although a bit cramped. Arriving at the stop we walked up along the main path and after buying our tickets, entered the area. Although there were lots of no photography signs around, no one seemed to care so we all took photos as well. Kinkaku-Ji is probably Kyoto's most iconic temple as the roof is covered in gold. It looks really beautiful and even more so with the reflection from the lake below.

We went all the way round once and then decided to do it again as it was free to re-enter, just so we could get some better photos. It's a lovely area to walk around although the highlight is most definitely the temple.

From then, we got the bus to Nijo Castle which is another of Kyoto's iconic landmarks. It's famous for the Nightingale floor which creeks as you walk across it and was built specifically to signal intruders were present. Genius! It's not the most exciting place but it was still worth seeing.

We then went to see Kiyomizu Temple which was up a very high hill and is very pretty. It gives quite good views over Kyoto and has lots of little things which you can go and look at or in. It's a very popular place for the Japanese to visit, particularly since the Cherry Blossom has bloomed so there were a lot of people around.
The temple is also famous for having a floor which juts out from the rock and was built with no nails at all.

This made our bus ride back take much longer as we had to wait ages in the cold for a bus empty enough for just a few of us to squeeze onto. I'm not sure how long we were there but it was quite a while. Finally we got on a bus and went back to the station.

We bought a gift for Keiji as a thank you for everything he had done for us and then went back to the ryokan and rested a tad. We then headed out to the same Okonomiyaki place as last night and ate there for dinner. It's still just as delicious as ever. I have made a promise to learn how to make it when I get home to get into my Japanese roots more (in the kitchen at least).
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Sharon on

What a beautiful setting - look forward to seeing all the photos
lots of love

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