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Day 9 (01/04): Kyoto

04/01/08

Day 9 (01/04): Kyoto

  03:41:35 am, Categories: Japan 2008

Today I went to Kyoto. I've already been to Kyoto last year, but I didn't get to see some things, so I went back to go to the ones I've missed. I actually went quite a bit unprepared, didn't print out stations or directions, but I still knew in what direction everything was, so I just had to work it out on maps. It was sometimes raining a little bit, but just not enough to need an umbrella.
Went to Gion again, to go from there to Kiyamizudera. I came by the dark 5-story pagoda again, but went all the way up the hill this time. It's a very nice and old street that winds up the mountain. Many shops are there and it's swarming with tourists, but it has a nice atmosphere. When you reach the end of the street, you find yourself at the beginning of the Kiyomizudera temple complex which consists of several buildings. There are many good luck statues and stones here. And of course, the temple that is built against the hill-side on wooden pillars. You get a spectacular view of the city from there. When going down, there happened to be two geisha (or apprentice geisha) who were begin photographed in several location around the temple. Many tourists, including me, grabbed this opportunity to take some pictures as well.

After this, I got myself back to the station to go to the Fushimi Inari shrine with the thousands of Torii. I was here last year as well, but didn't go all the way to the top. I thought I was almost there last year, but I was far from it. I wasn't even half way! It's sooo many stairs and so many torii. I was quite tired getting to the top, but I wanted to have done all the way. There are various little food&drink stalls along the way. To think that the people who work there have to do all those stairs each morning and evening, but I guess it's a matter of habit. After a few weeks, you're used to it, I guess. After reaching the top, went back down the other way, but at some point I made a bad turn. All arrows are in Japanese and the maps aren't always that clear. I ended up going through quite some nature, it was actually quite a nice & quiet road, but I think I ended up walking double the normal distance and actually ended back at a station where I was at the start of the day (not the station at Fushimi Inari ;p). It was a long walk, but I don't regret it ;p.

Next up was, Kyoto animation studios, but that's for the next post.

And now for some pictures:

Lots a of beautiful sakura tree to be found this time of year:
Sakura trees in Kyoto

Winding street with tourists up to Kiyomizudera:
Street to Kiyomizudera

Street to Kiyomizudera

At Kiyomizudera:
Kiyomizudera

Kiyomizudera

Kiyomizudera

A magnificent view:
Magnificent view from Kiyamizudera

Magnificent view from Kiyamizudera

People getting holy water:
People getting holy water at Kiyomizudera

The geisha (or apprentice geisha) I talked about:
Geisha

Torii at Fushimi Inari shrine:
Torii at Fushimi Inari shrine

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