Riding the Bullet to Kyoto
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To help make sure I woke up on time, I left the curtains open in the hotel room. Well, now I know why the sun is always up when I get home from Roppongi. It was already light outside a little after ! Wound up being awake early and made it to the train station around and changed my ticket to the first Shinkansen, at vs. . Had a window seat on the side that might possible offer a view of
We stopped briefly in
My whirlwind route took in:
(Subway/Bus to) Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavillion) – Apparently every tour bus of school children decided to start here as well…it was MOBBED!,
(Walk down) Philosopher’s Path – nice walk along a path following a canal along the base of the mountains
(Walk to) Heian Shrine
(Walk to) Yasaka Shrine
(Walk to) Ryozen Kannon Temple – a must-stop for anyone with WWII interest…not a lot to see, but the Memorial Hall with the memorial urns for the world’s unknown soldiers and large card catalogue of Allied Personnel who Perished in Territory under Japanese Jurisdiction during World War II is an imposing and somber sight.
(Walk to) Kiyomizu Temple and Jishu Shrine – Very impressive temple, be sure to check out the view from the old three story pagoda…there are no English signs point this out, but don’t take the immediate stairs down from the main temple but talk the walkway that gives the view over the city. You’ll hit an intersection where there’s a path that heads upwards with a Japanese sign only…take that path and there’s a great view of the temple and a pretty impressive three-story pagoda…made without a single nail!
(Walk to) Toribeyama – This doesn’t appear on the maps, but right next to Kiyomizu is a HUGE cemetery on the hillside, very impressive.
(Walk through) Nishi Otani Mausoleum
At this point I was tired so I took a very crowded bus back to the Kyoto main station.