Kyoto Travel Blog› entry 41 of 41 › view all entries
October 7th, 2008 – by: semiperipatetic
We head back to Gion, one of the most popular areas of Tokyo and home of the famous Geisha who can always be seen walking down the narrow streets in their beautiful attire, usually entairtaining a group of local businessmen.
The next day we visit the Golden Kinkaku-ji Temple. I can only imagine the satisfaction the architect must have felt upon completing the temple. Coated in gold, it peacefully sits in the middle of a lake, surrounded by trees. The Imperial city doesn't get more imperial than this.. We then make our way to Ryoan-ji Temple, famous for its gravel garden. I notice that each temple is Kyoto is very unique, both in the way it is built and in the scenery surrounding it.
The last day I go on a daytrip to Nara, the former capital of Japan. Todaiji temple, situated in Nara park, hosts the largest wooden Buddha statue in Japan. Visit Nara if you like temples!
It is worth noting the contrast between Tokyo and Kyoto.
During my stay in Kyoto I spend most of my time hanging out at IchiEnSou guesthouse, even though this isn't my hostel. A traditional guesthouse with a very warm feeling to it and people that will make my visit here one to remember for the rest of my life. There is something in the air that makes Kyoto so memorable... Kyoto can easily become the highlight of your trip to Japan.
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