OK, 1 more building in Kyoto. No more, I promise. This one was located 100 meter behind my hostel "Kyoto's cheapest inn - Guest house"
After discovering the west part of Kyoto it was now time to discover the north part where, according to the city map, there would be many interesting places to visit. The first one was actually located only 100 meter from my hostel "Kyoto's Cheapest inn - Guest House" and was a huge structure surrounded by water and a beautiful, giant garden. After a bit of walking, passing (again) many foodstores, hairsaloons, tireshops and mini-supermarkets I found a mini-themepark that was entirely dedicated to celebrating the cherry blossoms (hanami).
A bit more walking took me to the northern part of the city where I found a Japanese sign inscribed on the hill. Obviously I would have to get to the top of it (like at the Hollywood sign), but there was no clear path towards it and first there was a visit to the golden palace on my "schedule".
Yes, the Japanese are efficient
But this is taking it too far
The golden palace was nice to look at, but the main attraction there was a woman that was "accidentally" dressed like Minni Mouse. From the golden palace I just kept searching for a way up that hill and eventually I found one. It took me through a cemetery where I finally understood how important ancestors were to the Japanese. This cemetery was kept in perfect order, all graves had fresh flowers, there was a new (empty) row for future generations and a shed with tools to keep everything as perfect as it was right now forever. I later heard that migration from young people into the big cities was a big problem with family graves, but that there were actually services to keep the graves tidy and other services were the grave could be monitored with a webcam whenever wanted.
From here upwards to the inscribed sign was a difficult task.
And yes, also the last picture of cherry blossoms. I really promise
When the path ended I had to really climb and pull myself up on verns and other trees, but eventually I reached the rim of the hill and from there reaching the top of the sign was just a matter of walking in the right direction. When I reached the sign it turned out not to be inscribed at all. It was made out of many stone structures that were forming a staircase to two (blocked) exits. The overview of Kyoto was magnificent. The city reached untill the hills on all sides and as far as the horizon. Getting back down proved to be as big a challenge as getting up, but I made it eventually. From there on it was just a matter of walking back through the city passing many other temples and shrines and a huge (but totally deserted) park later in the evening. I spent the night talking with several other guests in the hostel again