Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan

My last day in Kyoto was reserved for Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, nicknamed USJ. USJ is accessible from Kyoto via train. Just be careful not to get on the Osaka loop train which doesn't go to USJ. Instead there is a train that announces it goes to Universal Studios. The second train we boarded [...]

Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺

Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺

Kinkaku-ji also known as the Golden Temple was our last stop on our rather intense sightseeing day. We managed to make it in right before they stopped letting people in which was quite awhile before their 5pm closing time. Kinkaku-ji is a Zen temple and the retirement villa of shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. It inspired the [...]

Nijo Castle 二条城

Nijo Castle 二条城

Our next stop on our busy tourist day was Nijo Castle. Which was undergoing some construction. After paying to get in, 600 yen, we went in Ninomaru palace which was a hauntingly beautiful experience.  The castle was built in 1603. Ninomaru palace is where the shogun would live and work while in Kyoto. The corridors are Nightingale floors [...]

Kiyomizu-dera 清水寺

Kiyomizu-dera 清水寺

Kiyomizu-dera is a independent Buddhist temple that was founded in 778. We went as early as we could manage on a Saturday morning. We wandered around up the hill looking at shops and sampling Yatsuhashi 八つ橋, along the way, deciding to do souvenir shopping on the way down. Most of the buildings of Kiyomizu-dera were built in [...]