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Friday, September 25, 2009

Kyoto

The next day, we left Hikone and went to Kyoto.

Over a finite period of time, we went to see Kiyomizu-Dera (Kiyomizu Temple), Kinkaku-Ji (The Gold Pavilion), and Ryoan-Ji (Ryoanji Temple).

Kiyomizu-Dera (清水寺) is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. It stands in the wooded hills and offers visitors a nice view over the city from its famous wooden terrace. Behind the temple, there is a shrine called "Jishu-Jinja". The shrine dedicated to the deity of love. We took a pic in front of the entrance and bought love charms together ;)

Along the route to Kiyomizu-Dera, there are many shops and restaurants. My boyfriend found a cool lunch menu, which is called "Enmusubi Soba set", which means good luck and marriage soba set! Of course we had it for our lunch.





Kinkaku-Ji (金閣寺) or formally Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺) is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. It takes 30 minutes by bus from Kiyomizu-Dera. The admission ticket looks like a bill. The bottom right image is the Sekka-Tei tea house. The upper left mountain is called Daimonji. The kanji "大" that means large is written on Nyoigatake (Daimonji Mountain).

Ryoan-Ji (龍安寺), the temple of the peaceful dragon, is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto. The temple is famous for Sekitei (石庭), the Rock Garden. The garden consists of fifteen rocks. When looking at the garden from any angle (other than from above) only fourteen of them are visible at one time. It is traditionally said that only through attaining enlightenment would one be able to view fifteen. We had a relaxing moment in the garden.

Before we leave Kyoto, we had a dinner at a restaurant by a river called Kamogawa. My boyfriend found a romantic open-air restaurant called Suigetsu. There was a nice, gentle breeze blowing at that night. We enjoyed Kyoto cuisine and went back to Tokyo.


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8 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a terrific and romantic time together! I love all temple photos. There's so much to see there in your own country! I hope I can someday visit! Good your relationship is growing stronger! Be Happy! :)

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  2. Konnichiwa Ochisan.

    Wow!what a beautiful bonding together.

    I loved Kyoto,and i hope i can visit again kinkakuji and kiyomizudera.

    and your partner brought you in his place.
    is there a sign?aside from visiting his family?

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  3. Ochi,

    Kyoto seem fun and had lots of historical buldings for us to treasure.

    I'm sure will visit this place if I have the chance to Japan.

    Wait for me,Kyoto!

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  4. Hi jo,

    I'm glad you liked my photos! Now I remembered you said you want to see something like these temples before!

    Thanks for the encouragement.

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  5. Hi merce-san,

    You've been to Kyoto before?!
    I think you know lot more about Japan than me ;)

    I hope this is a good sign!!!
    Basically we enjoy our time but still many ups and downs, you know...

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  6. Hi jose,

    I hope you can visit Kyoto someday with your bf!
    There are many good food, too ;)

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  7. Kombanwa Ochisan.
    Yes,in different season.

    Because,My husband choose to bring me,in different side of japan.
    or they(my brother and sister in law) let me choose,where i want to go too.

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  8. Hi merce-san,

    Sorry for this late reply.

    You have very nice relatives ;)
    I hope you enjoy Japan again the next time!!!

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