AsiaJapanKyoto

Nanzen-ji and Nijo Castle

Kyoto Travel Blog

 › entry 13 of 20 › view all entries
Sanmon gate

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.

close up of gate
From the backside, you can pay 500 Yen and climb some really steep steps in your stocking feet to a balcony that runs around the top. There is a little room with a Buddha and some other shiny objects, but you weren’t supposed to take photos in there. The views over the city were nice, with bursts of pink and white cherry blossom trees dotting the hillsides. It was nice, but I don’t know if it was 500 Yen nice, but I wanted to see it.

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.

aquaduct and trees
Whoever lines up closest to the elevator gets on first, regardless of how long you’ve been waiting. We took the free hotel shuttle back to the train station and decided we had some time before the train left, so we stowed our luggage in some lockers and took a cab to Nijo.

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.

LostInSpace2010 says:
Great stories, great blog, I'm enjoying it to bits =)
Posted on: Aug 02, 2010
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Sanmon gate
Sanmon gate
close up of gate
close up of gate
aquaduct and trees
aquaduct and trees
inside a shrine
inside a shrine
white blossoms
white blossoms
aquaduct
aquaduct
me under aquaduct
me under aquaduct
water in the aquaduct
water in the aquaduct
to prevent people from falling off
to prevent people from falling off
me and uncle on top of aquaduct
me and uncle on top of aquaduct
detail of someones roof
detail of someone's roof
marker at Nanzen-ji
marker at Nanzen-ji
whew, no holes in my socks!
whew, no holes in my socks!
duck!
duck!
steep steps
steep steps
cherry blossom dotted hillside
cherry blossom dotted hillside
me up on Sanmon gate balcony
me up on Sanmon gate balcony
balcony on Sanmon gate
balcony on Sanmon gate
nearby rooftops
nearby rooftops
blue mountains in distance
blue mountains in distance
but which room?
but which room?
view from top of Sanmon gate
view from top of Sanmon gate
looking up at Sanmon gate and balc…
looking up at Sanmon gate and bal…
cherry blossom lined sidewalk
cherry blossom lined sidewalk
women in traditional dress
women in traditional dress
me by Nijo castle gate
me by Nijo castle gate
front of Nijo Castle
front of Nijo Castle
close up above front door
close up above front door
dont worry, your umbrellas are sa…
don't worry, your umbrellas are s…
dont worry, the signs are also in…
don't worry, the signs are also i…
bullet train
bullet train
my sushi plate
my sushi plate
Eating lunch on the train
Eating lunch on the train
I did it! Ate it all with chopstic…
I did it! Ate it all with chopsti…
Kyoto
photo by: ys484