Uji 宇治

Uji 宇治

When I was telling my friends of my plans I included that I had a free day in Osaka before the rest of my group met me. I planned to check into the hotel, or at least dump my stuff off in the lobby then grab lunch and maybe just relax and do something near [...]

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 [...]

Fushimi Inari-taisha 伏見稲荷大社

Fushimi Inari-taisha 伏見稲荷大社

When my flight ended up being so delayed we were worried about fitting in everything we wanted to do. But after a quick google search discovered that Fushimi Inari-taisha was open 24 hours, meaning after our dinner of okonomiyaki we could just go and see it at night. Fushimi Inari-taisha is a Shinto shrine located right [...]