Kyoto: Days 0, 1, and 2

Day 0 (August 6)

I arrived in Kyoto from Tokyo via the Shinkansen bullet train. Had dinner at the nearby Kinkhao Thai restaurant.

Hostel in Kyoto

Common room in the hostel

Pad Thai at Kinkhao

Day 1 (August 7)

It was very hot during the day so I did all my explorations in the morning. They include Nishiki Market, Pontocho, Gion district, Chion-in Temple, and Kiyomizu Temple.

Nishiki Market in the morning

The Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine at the eastern end of the market

Pontocho - An alleyway famous for its night life and restaurants

Everything is quiet in the morning

Love the traditional architecture

Near the end of Pontocho

Statues at the end of Pontocho

Walking along the bank of Kamo River

Gion district - where you can see geishas, but it was too early in the morning so I didn't see any

Yasaka Shrine at the eastern end of Gion district

I think these are people's wishes? I'm not sure.

Another shrine - There are over 400 Shinto shrines and 1600 Buddhist temples in Kyoto.

A crane that was sitting so still that it looked like it's from a Japanese painting

Chion-in Temple

Another view of Chion-in Temple

A yard in the Chion-in Temple complex

Grave stones

Outside of Chion-in Temple

Going toward Kiyomizu Temple, with so many people.

Kiyomizu Temple

Pagoda at Kiyomizu Temple

Detail of the pagoda

The view from the top

Another view of the pagoda

Japanese women in kimonos

A cute scene

Coming down from Kiyomizu Temple

More people!

Rickshaw going uphill

A shrine on the middle of the street

View from the hostel roof top

Eel and beef bowl at Sukiya

Matcha ice cream float

Spicy ramen at Ramen no Bombo that wasn't spicy

Day 2 (August 8)

I met Andre from the hostel and we went to Higashi Hongan-ji Temple (monks chanting), Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Tenryu-ji Temple, Arashiyama Monkey Park, Nishiki Market, and walked along the banks of Kamo River before having dinner at Kiranah Spice.

Higashi Hongan-ji Temple

Monks chanting

Higashi Hongan-ji Temple from the side

Detail of the temple

Coffee, with the smallest cream container

On the way to see the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Rice balls

A rickshaw in the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove


Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

The end of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Park

A lookout point from the park

Steep stairs

A poem by the Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai

Statue in the park

Another statue

Japanese boats

Even more statues

Buddhist vegetarian meal

Not sure what this is, but it tasted good.

Some kind of an eggplant dish

Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji Temple garden

Another view of Tenryu-ji Temple

Ate a lemon cucumber to cool me off

Crossing the river to Arashiyama Monkey Park

Hiking up the mountain to see monkeys

Monkey spotting!

View from the top

This time, it's the people in cages.

Feeding of the monkey

Baby monkey and mother

Monkeys sure have a good view

Back into town, in Nishiki Market

Seafood stand

Strawberry shave ice at Wendy's

More shops

Walking on the bank of Kamo River before the sunset

Non-alcoholic German beer

Vegetarian curry

Kiranah Spice - a vegetarian restaurant that's run by one woman

Great day was spent with Andre, a German mathematics post-doc from New York University.


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