Most of the travellers I spoke to whilst in Tokyo seemed adamant that I should visit Kyoto, and as I'd already spent a couple of days in Tokyo, I figured I might as well check it out. So, I hopped on a night bus and found myself in Kyoto the next morning, in time to witness a beautiful (but cold!) sunrise. I spent a couple of days soaking up the sights of Kyoto - there were lots of temples to see, but I found myself getting a bit 'templed out' so spent time wandering instead...
Kinkakuji was built as a residence for a shogun, but was converted to a zen temple after his death in 1408
The famous zen garden at the temple. The garden consists of raked gravel and fifteen boulders, which are placed so that, when looking at the garden from any angle other than from above, only fourteen of the boulders are visible at one time. It is said that only through attaining enlightenment would one be able to view the fifteenth boulder.
Look at the pretty colours! (I took sooo many photos of the trees - I couldn't help myself... I'll try not to post much more of them.)
Katina & I at Higashi Honganji. Katina was a lovely Aussie girl I met in Tokyo and caught up with again in Kyoto :)
KYOTO IMPERIAL PALACE
Shodaibunoma - waiting rooms for dignitaries visiting the palace. They had 3 different rooms, according to the rank of the visitors
I totally didn't expect to come across an Indian restaurant at all, let alone a South Indian tamil restaurant, complete with a poster of a Rajani movie!
Katina and I stumbled across this random temple on our travel through Gion, whilst on the hunt for Giesha
Looking down into Kyoto station. It's amazingly huge - at least 4 flights of escalators to get to street level from the metro!