I’m back ! (well few days ago)
I decided to make my Kyoto & Osaka trip blog posts in few different parts since I took #cough #cough 4000+ photos (went a bit over board there). I even had to buy 2 memory cards while there since I did not have my mac with me.
These photos I will show you are from the first day there, I got very good shots even tho the weather was not perfect (at least it was not raining). Earlier today I uploaded 283 photos to my flickr from the first day I truly hope you like them and please go and check them out ! The photos from the other days I will edit and re-check them by Monday and I will get them uploaded as well (350+ photos).
The first day we arrived to the Kyoto station at 5.30am with the night buss from Tokyo. It wasn’t too cold but I was happy I had my jacket and sweater on me. We went to our ryokan to drop off our luggage and we head off to the first temple.
Here are the temples, shrines and areas we visited the first day (in visiting order)
1st. Kiyomizudera Temple
2nd. Yasaka no tou Tower
3rd. Yasaka Shrine
4th. Gion (famous for geisha)
5th. Kennin-ji Temple
6th. Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Temple)
7th. Ryoan-ji (Famous for Stone garden)
8th. Ninna-ji Temple
9th. Gion (geisha hunting with my camera ready)
10th. Shinkyogoku Street
As you see we did visit quite a few, all of them were breathtakingly beautiful!
Let’s start with the first one! (Please remember that I only post a small portion of my photos here, the rest you can see by visiting my Flirck page
As you can see it was pretty much the best time to visit with all the leafs red and yellow.
The main gate of the temple
Saw a wicked looking bird there as well !
This was a very interesting thing that is a normal in Japanese temples (wash your hands place).
My girl of course did it.
uhm.. Just realized that this post will have way too much photos… How should I do this mmm ok well let’s try putting all in one post.
Let’s move on to the second one, that tower also was very nice!
We were on foot so we accidentally went through the Yasaka shrine, a recommended place to visit while in kyoto as well.
I wanted to go through Gion since I hoped to catch the beauty of a Geisha with my camera but did not have such luck.
But in Gion we found a temple that I was so taken in with called Kennin-ji. I love dragons (my birth year was the year of the dragon), this temple had the most beautiful dragon painting I ever seen and probably will see. One of my absolute favorite places in Japan.
There was also many replicas of this famous painting.
Also this great looking dragon! Then we put our slippers on and continued the main part.
And we saw this ! I was in shock of the beauty of it !
This place also had a beautiful garden.
Time for the world famous Golden temple (kinkaku.ji), I loved the colors there!
The main Temple.
Don’t you just love those Autumn colors in Japan !
Money money money !! I tried throwing money there but went absolutely to the wrong dirrection.
At the Kinkaku-ji they were having a event that happens couple of a month where people write down their hopes and prayers to a piece of wood and give it to the Yamabushi men who placed them to the fire.
My girl wanted to visit the famous stone garden of Ryoan-ji temple. (Japanese people soo love those stone gardens !)
There was a lake as well !
There is a famous Temple with a walking distance from that place called Ninna-ji, so we decided to visit there as well.
This next picture will show you how heavy those autumn leafs really are, with my girlfriend trying to lift them up!
Salarymen from Tokyo walking at the temple site.
Main part of the temple
Our trip back to the “new” part of Kyoto started, took about 45 mins in a buss. Our ryokan was very close to the Kyoto station so it was easy to find. This Kyoto tower looks so small for us since we are from Tokyo with the Sky tree which is about 6 times bigger. Kyoto tower is about 131meters and Skytree about 663meter
After we got everything done with our Ryokan check-in and a bit time relaxing in our room, we left to Gion again to find my geisha but no such luck again. We did get lost tho and found a Finland bar !!
Day ended nicely with a hot onsen in our ryokan and with couple of asahi beers while watching tv.
I will now start editing the second days photos ! Monday I will get them uploaded ( I hope since I’m going to the Tokyo motor show and I will end up taking way too much photos there I know).
How you do you know that Kyoto is more friendly with foreigners then Tokyo… well free wifi of course !
I hope you all enjoyed these photos and please visit my flickr for more photos from this beautiful day at Kyoto !