Kyoto (Nov 2015- day2)

By , March 31, 2016 5:31 pm

We stayed Otsu Prince Hotel beside Biwa lake. The room which we stayed in was big and very clean. One drawback was the hotel is a little far from the train station.
We got up early and could see the sunrise from the room. We went for a walk by the lakeside park near the hotel. Too bad it was getting pretty dark and cloudy.

Breakfast at Japanese restaurant in the hotel. There were not many people. We are able to enjoy a quiet meal.

嵐山の渡月橋 Arashiyama Togetu Bridge
The bridge was very crowded.

天龍寺 Tenryū-ji

竹林の道 Bamboo Forest Street

When I came here a long time ago, it was quiet and peaceful. But this time, it was quit crowded.

野宮神社 Nonomiya Shrine

京都駅 Kyoto station

lunch- Steamed vegetable dish(Fried oyster lunch set)

東本願寺 Higashi Honganji

Higashi(East)Honganji and Nishi(West)Honganji
Nishi Honganji (West Honganji) was built in 1591 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and it is the head temple of the Honganji faction of the Jodo-Shin sect.
Higashi Honganji (East Honganji) was built only eleven years after and a few blocks east of Nishi Honganji as the head temple of the Otani faction of Jodo-shin Buddhism.

西本願寺 Nishi Honganji

I heard that when they fix the damaged spots of the wood colom, they put some design piece on the wood to cover the spots. There are many of them in this temple. When you vist there, you should look for them.

Dinner at the hotel. Oumi beef Sukiyaki Kaiseki
(Kaiseki is a set menu of select food served on an individual tray)

Kyoto (November 2015)

By , March 30, 2016 3:33 pm

Fushimi Inari Shrine
(伏見稲荷大社 Fushimi Inari Taisha) is a very popular Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. We arrived there in the early morning, but so many people were already visiting the shrine.

Lunch at Nezameya. Inarizushi and Nishin(herring)Soba noodle soup.

Inarizushi (稲荷寿司) is a pouch of deep fried tofu(油揚げ aburaage)filled with sushi rice. It is named after the Shinto god Inari, who is believed to have a fondness for fried tofu.

寺子屋本舗 Terakoya honpo’s Rice crackers.

宝玉堂 Hogyokudo’s Shiro Miso crakers.

銀閣寺 Ginkaku-ji
Silver Pavilion

哲学の道 Philosopher’s walk
the path begins around Ginkakuji and ends in the neighborhood of Nanzenji.

禅林寺(永観堂)Eikando Zenrinji
Zenrin-ji is the head temple of Jodo-shu Seizan Zenrin-ji sect. The temple has more than 1,100 years of history and is dedicated to Amida(Amida is one of the loftiest savior figures in Japanese Buddhism).

南禅寺 Nanzenji

青蓮院 Shōren-in

平安神宮 Heian Shrine(Heian-jingū)
When we arrived at the shrine it was almost closing time. So we could only visit for 5 minutes.

Gion district

清水寺 Kiyomizu-dera
Kiyomizu temple’s light up event. There were so many people.
It took so long to enter the temple and we gave up on some of the sites.