I’m actually back in Canada at this point, but before I left I met with a good high school buddy to do a more scenic tour of Kyoto than I had before.
I visited more historical and cultural attractions this time than all the previous times put together! So this is back to the usual Japanese culture filled posts :). Click on for more sights and sounds straight from Kyoto!
The trip this time was split into 2 days, and the first day was mostly spent navigating the Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto. The path starts at Ginkakuji and heads south ending at Nanzenji. It’s named the Philosopher’s Path because a famous Japanese philosopher, Nishida Kitaro, used to use the path for daily meditation.
The path starts at the Ginkakuji, but it’s under construction so sadly it won’t actually be worth entering until 2010.
All sorts of trinket shops line the streets, including the cat one above. At this point the rain was getting real bad so we took shelter in a nearby and had a completely unfilling lunch that also cost me an arm and a leg.
While walking I stumble upon a shrine. The name was Toyo something, but I can’t remember anymore :(. I should really tag my photos in the camera.
Moving on! I find yet another random temple that was supposed to be closed. However, they had the gates open due to some construction work they were doing. I played the dumb foreigner card, snuck in, and took a few photos. I do wish they were open as the temple looks rather grand.
The Eikando temple also features an amazing garden.
At this point it was getting pretty late, and we headed back to the hotel before getting a taste of the night life.
Just 3 more pics! Hang in there everyone!
I’ll have day 2 of the trip up tomorrow. In the mean time, I need to get the adrenaline running to fight my jet lag :(.