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Kyoto National Museum & More

Posted on : 02-05-2010 | By : Nathan | In : Travelogue

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Today we ventured into the realm of National Monuments & Museums. We started the day off early at around 6am, but nothing was open except Mcdonald’s @ the Kyoto Train Station. After some breakfast and some quick research, we made our way to one of the most famous national monuments in Japan.

The name of the monument is: Sanjūsangen-dō and let me tell you, this place is completely amazing ! The main draw to this 800 year old templs is the 1000 statues that it houses of the “Thousand Armed Kannon” deity. I was not able to take any pictures while on the tour, so you will have to check the web for more info. The main hall which houses the 1000 statues, and the main shrine in the center, is gigantic. It easily covers  a city block in length. The exterior gardens are amazing as well. There was no line, a modest entry fee, and it was easily worth the travel out to see it !

Directly across the road is the Kyoto National Museum. The building looks a little out of place when you compare it to what sits across the street, as it is a one hundred year old French building. It houses numerous art works from centuries past, consisting of scrolls, pottery, calligraphy, and other fine arts related to the Kyoto Prefecture. The line to get in was extensive, but very well organized. Women do not like to be out in the sun here, so everyone had umbrellas to keep from getting exposed during the hour-long wait. This exhibit was interesting, though not one of my favorite thus far.

We had definitely worked up an appetite, so we headed down the road to eat at Coco Ichibanya once again. This place’s food is AWESOME, and I would highly recommend Japanese curry to anyone traveling here. Once lunch wrapped up, we rambled around the streets for a few more hours and stumbled on to several other temples and historic treasures.

unordinary: Check out this beverage can. I bought it to try just because of the marketing they put into the design. It was called “Fanta Cider Zero”. In truth, it looks way better then it tastes, which is more like metallic red cream soda.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to leave comments. I am heading to bed ! (since it is 3:51 am here)

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