Nijo Castle, a World Heritage Landmark 052316 2103 Francisco at Nijo Castle 052316 2107 Ninkakuji (Golden Pavillion) Kinkakuji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. 052316 2117 JP 20160523 8475
Francisco along walkway of Golden Pavillion JP 20160523 8483 The Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所, Kyōto Gosho) used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868, when the emperor and capital were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo The current Imperial Palace was reconstructed in 1855 after it had burnt down and moved around town repeatedly over the centuries. The complex is enclosed by long walls and consists of several gates, halls and gardens. The enthronement ceremonies of Emperors Taisho and Showa were still held in the palace's main hall. JP 20160523 8506 Francisco along the Philosopher's Path.  The Philosopher's Path (哲学の道, Tetsugaku no michi) is a pleasant stone path through the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama district. The path follows a canal which is lined by hundreds of cherry trees. Entrance to Philosopher's Path JP 20160523 8516
Stopping along the path to eat ice cream. Bill's reflection in the window JP 20160523 8520 JP 20160523 8522 Ginkakuji (銀閣寺, Silver Pavilion) is a Zen temple along Kyoto's eastern mountains (Higashiyama). In 1482, shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa built his retirement villa on the grounds of today's temple, modeling it after Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) JP 20160523 8534 Ginkakuji consists of the Silver Pavilion, half a dozen other temple buildings, a beautiful moss garden and a unique dry sand garden. It is enjoyed by walking along a circular route around its grounds, from which the gardens and buildings can be viewed. JP 20160523 8540 JP 20160523 8541
JP 20160523 8544 JP 20160523 8546 On our way back to the hotel, Francisco got directions from this nice man.  The Japanese were very friendly and extremely helpful when asked. On our City Tour, we tried our hands at wood block printing, with very mixed results! IMG 5527 The Shogunzuka Mound (将軍塚, Shōgunzuka) is located on the eastern mountains of Kyoto on the spot where Emperor Kanmu is said to have first surveyed the valley where he ultimately build the ancient capital city of Kyoto. Seiryu-den Hall, Shogunzuka Mound In April 2015, the art installation KOU-AN - Glass Teahouse was unveiled on the wooden observation deck. The transparent structure, constructed of thick glass panels joined by a minimal amount of mirrored metal supports, is a modern exploration of traditional Japanese culture designed by artist Yoshioka Tokujin
IMG 5556 The Glass Teahouse Francisco, Bill, sitting on a glass bench in front of the glass teahouse looking down the glass bench 052416 2071 Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka Jinja), also known as Gion Shrine, is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. Founded over 1350 years ago 052416 2095 IMG 5567
Leaving, we saw these two children who agreed to pose for a picture. 052516 1753 IMG 5573 Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally "Pure Water Temple") is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto Dignataries and Geisha IMG 5582 Along a pathway with temple in background 052516 1815
Nishi Honganji (西本願寺) and Higashi Honganji (東本願寺) are two large temples in the center of Kyoto. As headquarters of the two factions of the Jodo-Shin Sect (True Pure Land Sect), one of Japan's largest Buddhist sects 052516 1849 Where you wash your hands before entering the Temple Buying tickets on the subway again.  Note how easy the instructions are! Waiting for the subway to stop Gardens, Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan  Tenryuji (天龍寺, Tenryūji) is the most important temple in Kyoto's Arashiyama district. It was ranked first among the city's five great Zen temples, and is now registered as a world heritage site 052516 1942 IMG 5631
IMG 5621 Even the restrooms are Zen-like 052516 1903 We had a delicious vegetarian lunch here 052516 1939 Downtown, relaxing after a long day of sightseeing 052616 1691