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September 24, 2011

kyoto hiatus 2011 (part I) - return to kiyomizudera


When we found out that Mono's gig in Kyoto coincided with Kamil's three-day weekend, we decided to take advantage and go on a little road-trip. The cheapest method of transport was the overnight bus, departing Fukuoka at 10.30pm and arriving at Kyoto station at 8.40am the next morning. I didn't get copious amounts of sleep, and stepped off the bus feeling a little groggy, but ready to find our way to our hotel.


Nice 'n seedy in the morning after a long ride...


Unluckily for us, our early arrival meant that we could only drop off our bags at the hostel, and were instructed to come back at 2pm. So we rented bikes, and I brushed my hair a little in the bathroom of a restaurant to try and freshen myself up for the morning's exploration.



The last time we were in Kyoto was in February of 2009. It was our first time in Japan, and we were on a tight schedule- taking advantage of our JR Rail passes whilst in Kyoto to day trip to nearby locations (Nara, Himeji, Hiroshima) via Shinkansen. This limited our time available to explore Kyoto city properly, so it was nice to be back in town with two full days to explore. Plus, our lovely little hotel was in Gion, the heart of Kyoto, and the weather was beautiful...




We decided to visit Kiyomizudera - a beautiful and famous shrine at the top of Kyoto. We had been here on our first trip, and had fond memories of the view and the walk up to the shrine, lined with stalls and such. So we decided to make it our first stop whilst we waited for check-in at the hotel.



One thing that I absolutely love Japan for is its never-ending supply of macha (green tea) flavoured sweets. It is my favourite flavour of all, and is the only type of ice-cream I really love. Kyoto in particular seemed to have a big love of all things macha too, and I was more than happy to see the lovely shade of green everywhere on the way up to Kiyomizu...






Here is the front of the temple. It was quite awesome to be standing here two-and-a-half years after our first visit, and think about how much has happened over those years. Back then we were exploring for the first time as tourists, and now we have our own little place to call home in Japan.



The man below amused us greatly by whipping out his iPad, complete with a 360Panorama app. He spun around on the spot, in slow circles, making up his panorama image. But he looked kind of silly, and once he had taken the photo, he ignored the shrine altogether. I think he missed the point really...


The view is real pretty from above...






But energy levels were lagging, and I was in real need of a shower and a change of clothes after the bus ride and the morning's explorations.






So we headed back to the hotel to settle in a little before some evening adventures...


2 comments:

  1. thanks (: I just had a peek at your blog, your photos are very lovely!

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