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Kyoto in the rain

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kevin reading the map on the subway, while a Japanese lady looked on
Our main goal today was to see the Golden Pavilion and Nijo Castle. It was raining and we even bought another umbrella so we won't get too wet. The subway in Kyoto only goes north and south, and we had to transfer to a bus. But the instructions on getting to the Golden Pavilion was easy enough to follow, so we got there pretty easily. However, it was definitely raining as we walked toward the entrance. Even so, there were a lot of visitors!

The Golden Pavilion we saw was rebuilt after a file in 1950, still it was covered in gold leaf and topped by a bronze phoenix. There was a pond in front of as we approached and it was very pretty of course. I found it rather funny that so many tourists were visiting in the rain and trying to take photos of it despite the rain.
map showing layout of the Golden Pavilion
When people posed in front of it, they removed their umbrellas, so they would get wet but looked better in the photo!

The complex where the pavilion became a temple after the death of the shogun who built it back in the 14th century, Yoshimitsu was the third Ashikaga shogun and a follower of the Zen priest Soseki. There were several smaller temples in the complex and the garden was nice. But since it was raining, we did not spend as much time there as we would have liked.

We next took the bus back to the subway and got to our next destination, Nijo Castle. This castle was famous for its ornate interiors, paintings on the screens and the nightingale floors. The floors were designed to make a bird-like squeaking sound when walked on, so the inhabitants would be warned if any intruders approached.
a rainy day but lots of people at the gate of the Golden Pavilion
The screens and paintings and interior ceilings were all very beautiful, and definitely more beautiful than any other we had seen in this trip. But no photos were allowed, so you would just have to go for yourself to see them! There were a lot of visitors here also, but since it was indoors, and we had to take off our shoes to enter, it was actually a nice relief from the rain outside.

After touring the castle, which was all on one floor, and the wood floors were all along the outside perimeter of the building, we ended back in the garden, and even walked on top of a wall inside the compound for an overview. By this time our shoes were getting wet enough and we decided to call it a short day and headed back to the hotel.

Once in the Kyoto train station, we found some renewed energy to explore the other end of the station which we had not been to.
inside the roof of the gate
It turned out to be a great many food stores, smaller stores selling all kinds of goodies (like fans, clothing, hair decorations, etc.) and a department store. We wandered around and bought some souvenirs to take home, and a lot of yummy snacks!

We rested for the afternoon, and again ventured to this side of the train station where there were MANY restaurants on the 11th floor. We had dinner in one of them, they were all very busy and had lines (actually seats) outside for waiting customers. Dinner was again good. After dinner we decided to find the way up the skyway, it was a good thing we tried. This could be a tourist attraction in its own right. High above the interior of the train station, a long skyway with windows on both the south into the station, and north into Kyoto. Japanese woodcuts were being exhibited along the long skyway. This was a fantastic conclusion of our last day in Japan. Tomorrow we would head back to Tokyo and then Kevin heads home while I continued to Taiwan.
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kevin reading the map on the subwa…
kevin reading the map on the subw…
map showing layout of the Golden P…
map showing layout of the Golden …
a rainy day but lots of people at …
a rainy day but lots of people at…
inside the roof of the gate
inside the roof of the gate
big gate
big gate
there it is, on a rainy day
there it is, on a rainy day
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
visitors to see the Golden Pavilio…
visitors to see the Golden Pavili…
a heron sits on a stump in the rai…
a heron sits on a stump in the ra…
a garden gate at the Golden Pavili…
a garden gate at the Golden Pavil…
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion and visitors in th…
Golden Pavilion and visitors in t…
Golden Pavilion in the rain
Golden Pavilion in the rain
at another temple in the Golden Pa…
at another temple in the Golden P…
praying
praying
road out of the Golden Pavilion
road out of the Golden Pavilion
subway in Kyoto
subway in Kyoto
subway station in Kyoto
subway station in Kyoto
lining up behind protector doors i…
lining up behind protector doors …
Japanese schoolchildren on the sub…
Japanese schoolchildren on the su…
the moat next to Nijo Castle
the moat next to Nijo Castle
entrance to Nijo Castle
entrance to Nijo Castle
ticket office to the NIjo Castle
ticket office to the NIjo Castle
the entrance gate to Nijo Castle
the entrance gate to Nijo Castle
inner wall of Nijo Castle surround…
inner wall of Nijo Castle surroun…
the impressive inner Karamon Gate …
the impressive inner Karamon Gate…
women in Kimono here too
women in Kimono here too
the impressive inner gate to Nijo …
the impressive inner gate to Nijo…
the impressive inner gate to Nijo …
the impressive inner gate to Nijo…
the impressive gold plated fixture…
the impressive gold plated fixtur…
facade of the Ninomaru coplex
facade of the Ninomaru coplex
ornate roof over the entrance to t…
ornate roof over the entrance to …
garden at Nijo Castle
garden at Nijo Castle
an inner moat at Nijo castle
an inner moat at Nijo castle
look down the inner castle from ab…
look down the inner castle from a…
view of roofs in the inner castle
view of roofs in the inner castle
a building in Nijo Castle
a building in Nijo Castle
exterior of the palace
exterior of the palace
a wall in Nijo Castle
a wall in Nijo Castle
a couple of big bells at Nijo Cast…
a couple of big bells at Nijo Cas…
exterior of palace for Ninomaru co…
exterior of palace for Ninomaru c…
garden of Nijo Castle
garden of Nijo Castle
tree in protective hay
tree in protective hay
sign explaining the protective cov…
sign explaining the protective co…
garden, Nijo Castle
garden, Nijo Castle
a gate, Nijo Castle
a gate, Nijo Castle
Another palace inside the castle w…
Another palace inside the castle …
beautifully packaged foods for sal…
beautifully packaged foods for sa…
beautifully packaged foods for sal…
beautifully packaged foods for sa…
beautifully packaged foods for sal…
beautifully packaged foods for sa…
beautifully packaged foods for sal…
beautifully packaged foods for sa…
Some of our loot!
Some of our loot!
more yummies we had before they we…
more yummies we had before they w…
cutaway view of a red bean filled …
cutaway view of a red bean filled…
This one turned out not to be what…
This one turned out not to be wha…
roll cake, very tasty
roll cake, very tasty
pretty and tasty different kinds o…
pretty and tasty different kinds …
close-up of the little cookies
close-up of the little cookies
ticket to the Golden Pavilion
ticket to the Golden Pavilion
Ticket to Nijo Castle
Ticket to Nijo Castle
food food everywhere
food food everywhere
presentation is so enticing
presentation is so enticing
looks good enough to eat?
looks good enough to eat?
whatever it is, looks good
whatever it is, looks good
more tasty snacks
more tasty snacks
yet more snacks
yet more snacks
the hotel has a wedding floor an…
the hotel has a "wedding" floor a…
kevins sake, it was poured to jus…
kevin's sake, it was poured to ju…
duck noodles!
duck noodles!
dinner
dinner
side dishes for dinner
side dishes for dinner
tofu soup and side dishes
tofu soup and side dishes
Kyoto
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