Thursday, 17 January 2013

Kyoto: Golden & Silver Pavilions, Philosophising, Lots of Torii Gates up into the hills

After a late night last night we eventually headed out and covered a lot. We headed out to Kinkakuji temple (Golden pavilion), where I got carried away taking lots of photos.
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We also threw money into a pot.
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We then caught a bus over to the Ginkakuji Temple (Silver pavilion) (spot a theme there?) on the other side of town, although it wasn’t particularly silver, and got to see another picturesque environment.
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P1030701_081Oh yeah, for breakfast we had some octopus balls.
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For afternoon tea/lunch I had a rice cake that was quite spicy.
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Walking through the Philosopher’s Walk (Tetsugaku-no-michi) we philosophised about why there are so many vending machines in Japan. Convenience was the answer therefore we philosophised. We also concluded that when the cherry blossoms are out this would be magnificent.
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We then philosophised some more at the Nanzenji temple we passed along our way to the metro.
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After a metro and a train we arrived at the Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine which is a magnificent vista of Torii gates that go up into the hills. The same shoe got in the way!
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P1030729_103P1030731_105P1030738_110We walked up to the top, which was a decent walk and there were lots of crows up there.P1030739_111
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Wandering back down we got a little lost and ended up coming down in the dark through a village. GPS and Offline maps came to the rescue, but we got to see some great sights on the way down and have a bit of fun.
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Once we eventually emerged from the darkness we had Chinese at the train station.
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