Monday, November 14, 2011

First day in Kyoto

I started off my day by visiting Kiyomizudera Temple. It sits in the hills of eastern Kyoto and is surrounded by forest. It is probably the most popular spot in autumn for viewing the fall colours but that won't be for another week or two.










The water comes from a waterfall near the temple. Each stream of water is said to have different benefits. One is for long life, one is for success in school, and one is for a fortunate love life. I didn't drink because I couldn't find the one that gives you success in the lottery.

After touring around Kiyomizudera I headed south to Fushimi Inari Shrine. The shrine has thousands of torii gates lining two paths up Mount Inari.


The fox is believed to be the messenger of the god Inari so there are lots of fox statues around as well.








I stopped at the halfway point for a rest before heading back down.




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Tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet) with rice and miso soup for lunch.


Kyoto Tower.


After lunch I headed north to Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion).


The top two floors are covered in gold leaf.







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