Today is our second full day in Kyoto. Yesterday we visited a number of temples with very beautiful gardens and koyo (fall colors). The first temple we visited Nanzen-ji, a retired emperor’s villa converted to a Zen temple in 1291. The current structures date back to the 17th century. Next we went to Kiyomizu Temple, which was packed with school kids in their uniforms. Maybe all of the schools in Kyoto were on a field trip?? The pavilion of this temple is a world heritage site. Then we went to Kennin-ji Temple, but the rain caught up with us again and we had no umbrellas this time. I was cold and cranky, so we caught a cab to the main drag of Gion to get some lunch!
After lunch, back to the Hyatt for a little R&R before going to the temple next door, Sanjusangendo Temple, built in 1164, destroyed by fire in 1249 and rebuilt in 1266. The long hall contains an astounding 1000 gold Kannon figures with a central large Kannon. Of course photos were not allowed inside, so we looked with our Nikon eyes (a phrase that our guide Minthu in Bagan used when we went into a temple where photography was forbidden).
This morning we started out going to Takashimaya department store so I could look for a sweater to wear under my jacket, but the prices were extremely high. So, as we walked down the street I was thinking it would be great if there was a Gap and I looked up and there was a Gap!! We went up to the men’s floor and I found an XLarge sweater that felt nice and warm and cozy and best of all fit me. At $89, the price wasn’t terrible, I’m sure I would have paid the same in Seattle. Of course after buying the sweater, it warmed up nicely and I had to take it off, but I know I’ll be grateful for it in Hakone and when we go out at night anytime here.
After that we caught a cab to the Gion historic area and were rewarded with getting to photograph Geishas. There were 2 being photographed inside a small shrine area, so I put my zoom lens on my camera and had some fun taking pictures along with the professionals. I got some traditional poses, but I’m posting my favorite one here. I’ll post all of my photos after the trip on my travel site, as usual.