Nanzen-ji and Nijo Castle
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Our last morning in Kyoto, we decided to visit one nearby temple before our train left. We walked to Nanzen-ji, near the end of the Philosopher’s Walk. The man selling fish pancakes was not there and I really wanted to try one before we left. The pancakes are filled with bean paste and cooked on a hot griddle in fish-shaped molds.
We walked around the Sanmon Gate at Nanzen-ji and then over to the aquaduct. The aquaduct was very cool. We walked up some stone steps right to the top and even walked over the flowing water. The water was crystal clear and even though the bottom of the aquaduct was moss lined, it made me thirsty. On the way back, I noticed people up on top of the Samnon Gate.
On the way back, the fish pancake guy was there, but not set up yet L We had to hurry and pack and leave our rooms, so I didn’t get a chance to go back. At the elevator, we got a little frustrated with the Japanese elderly people that didn’t take turns getting in line. Generally those that line up first get on the elevator first, but not these people.
Since we couldn’t go into any buildings last night, we wanted to go back and walk on the nightingale floors. The shogun here was worried that people would sneak up on him and get him, so the floors were constructed to squeak when someone walks on them. It was cool. The floors were really chirping with all the people walking on them. The rooms were mostly empty with some mannequins in a few of them. The main thing was just to walk on the floors. We circled the main complex and caught a cab back to the train station. We had enough time to grab some food for the train. Everyone got sandwiches, and I was tempted, but drawn instead to the sushi plates. I’m not a huge fan of sushi, but I had some my first night and didn’t get sick. Besides, everyone else here eats it and survives, so why can’t I? So I bought one, and a sho-chu, of course. We were taking the train to our next stop, Hiroshima.