…kyoto according to ellie pt 2

and back to kyoto…yesterday we left off at Kiyomizu, well we left that temple and moved on to..

Our next stop was the Kodai-ji Temple also in the Higashiyama area. The temple is known for the gardens and borders an amazing bamboo forrest. Next to the temple is a memorial to the people who lost their lives in WWII. It was a large complex with a huge buddha statue. Unfortunately the memorial was closed and I was only able to get pics from the outside. I also haven’t been able to find any info on the sight in my guidebook.

The rest of the day we wandered around the city exploring temples and shrines as they came without knowing the name of these sights. We also walked around the night sights  enjoying the lights and busy streets.

The next day Kerri and I took a bus across the city to Kinkakuji or Golden Pavillion. After a long night out, the long bus ride seemed really really long, and the crowds especially big, but it was a sight that was well worth it. Kinkaku is the most famous part of the Rokuon-ji temple complex.

While many pictures make the area look serene there are actually tons of people. There is enough time and space to find a spot, get some pics, and get out for the next person.

The rest of the grounds were quite lovely as the leaves were starting to change. After getting some grub and a short walk  back we hopped on the shinkansen home to recover from the busy weekend.

There was so much that i loved about Kyoto other than the famous sights, we met some awesome locals, the night scenes were great, and it has some fantastic people watching, and the city seemed to have a great energy. I will definitely be going back.

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