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A day of temples!

Posted on : 01-05-2010 | By : Nathan | In : Travelogue

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Today was spent making our way around the city looking for 2 famous temples. We decided to try our hand at the subway system here in Kyoto. Thanks to a couple of Brits, we were able to figure out how to purchase the correct tickets, but figuring out the rest was up to us. I would classify the public transport mission as a success, as we were able to get to where we wanted without even getting on the wrong train.

The 1st temple we visited was: Kiyomizu Temple. All I can say about this is WOW ! I have never seen anything quite like it. The entire walk up to the temple was through a narrow street, likely unchanged for centuries, where merchants were selling their wares. This is “Golden Week” here in Japan, so the temple was extremely busy. Entry was free, and the tour was self-paced throughout the entire temple complex. There were numerous buildings, prayer areas, bells, gongs, and shrines. It is placed high up in the mountains and offers picturesque views of Kyoto from high. We were even lucky enough to see a Geisha who was making here way up for prayer. This is by far my favorite experience since landing in this beautiful country.

After a couple hours venturing back through the public transport system, we finally made our way to: Nishi-Honganji Temple. Unlike the mountainous position of the previous temple, this temple was located right in the heart of Kyoto. The entire compound was several city blocks in size and offered a peek into hundreds of years worth of history.  There were lanterns over 20 feet tall/wide, and compound doors over 8 inches thick. Beautifully decorated in gold, and sprawling for acres, this temple was more then impressive. Highly recommended for anyone visiting this city !

After touring the entire grounds, it was time for a well deserved nap ! Not much else to report, as the nap turned into a full on sleep. Plans for the day include museums, tasty local cuisine, and whatever else we get ourselves into.

unordinary: Check out the beer vending machine … for only about $3.00, you can partake while on a walk around the city.

Thanks for reading my travel log !

Comments (9)

Hey Guys, Looks like you are having a great time. I have enjoyed reading about your adventures. Make sure to include a picture of Derek and Miya for me! Thanks Nate. Love you Mom Kathy

Now that is what I call a FIRST CLASS travelogue. Super nice job with awesome shots, good narration — and the links are a very professional touch! Maybe you should be in the travel industry, or have one of those PBS travel shows where you go all over the world to eat and hang out…

I know you made D do that photo. He wouldn’t do that unless you made him — would he?

– jwm

Sounds great, love the picture of the Geisha. Congrats on figuring out the subway system too. I heard it is next to impossible if you don’t speak Japanese.

Looks like fun. I’m not sure Japan is ready for you! Try to leave some of it standing for the rest of us to visit. Since you can find them all over the world, try to find a Steelers bar there. Watch out for the Yakuza!

Looks like your having a great time!!! Octballs, hmmmmm I think I would pass on something sold out of the trunk of a car… I like the beer vending machines. Keep the stories and pics coming, love the site and reading about your adventures!!!

Nathan

Everyone, thanks for stopping by to check out the posts. I will keep them coming as long as someone is reading.

MMMM octoballs !

Just what do octopuss’ balls taste like? And don’t tell us chicken.

Nathan

Hrm, that is a tough one. I would have to say they taste like hot gooey breaded chicken balls ;)

sounds like quite an experience
glad to hear you are living life to the fullest
and able to tell about it

take care
god bless

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