Temple Run in Kyoto

Pretty happy with my decision to take an overnight bus to Kyoto; safe to say it was your not typical greyhound bus though. The seats reclined to about 150°, so I was practically sleeping on top of the person behind me and so on. Quite interesting. I was exhausted from the hike so I knocked out almost immediately; when I woke up, it was about 5am in Kyoto. Rise and shine!

I bummed WiFi from an adjacent store (a lovely skill I’ve grown to depend on) and headed off to the nearest temple, Kiyomizu-dera.

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En route, Northern Kyoto was full of these winding alleys that were lined with residential areas and small shops alike. Absolutely beautiful in the morning.

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Kiyomizu-dera pt. 1

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Pt. 2

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Customary at many temples, you can buy these small tablets, write down your goals/wishes and whatnot, and hang them on this wall. I came a little too early to get a wooden plaque of my own, but it was neat to see what others had wished for.

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Sounds about right!

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Detailed sculptures at the entrance

After Kiyomizu-dera, I decided to wander around the area just to see what I would stumble across. Kyoto is known for its religious significance; the city is home to nearly 2000 temples and shrines. That being said, I bumped into quite a few!

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Yasaka Pagoda

Grabbed a quick cup of coffee from a cute shop down the street from Yasaka. Turned out the barista, Junichi Yamaguchi, is widely known for his latte art and hold several competitive titles.

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I definitely don’t have an eye for latte art; can’t really distinguish if this is wow-ing. Regardless, tasted great!

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Just a door to a garden right off the street. Normal.

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If you’re reading this Susan: these don’t look like succulents, but the artsy arrangement reminded me of you! Now only if the boards were purple..

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After a bit more aimless walking, I headed over to my hostel, checked in my bags, and regrouped for a bit. It was only around noon but I was beat! Decided to check out Nishiki market after a quick nap.

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I have a thing for markets.

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There’s something about the bustling crowd, friendly vendors, and variety of unique products that I can never get tired of.

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Pickled goods

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Quick lunch of miso soup with rice cakes from Mochitsukiya. First time trying savory mochi!

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I chickened out. Maybe next time..

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Opted for a BBQ squid skewer instead! These were stuffed with rice and some kind of shredded radish. Surprisingly good.

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As I mentioned, I’ve got a sweet spot for green tea anything with red bean. This steamed red bean bun hit the spot.

Headed back to the hostel and met some of my roommates. One of them was a chef from NYC; I was obviously intrigued. Someone who wouldn't tell me to shut up about food! We decided to check out Arashiyama together the next day. Win!

I decided to end the day with one last shrine. Fushimi Inari is famous for its nearly 10,000 tori gates that line the ascent up the mountain. I felt that it was a tad late to make the full hike so I walked up about a fourth of the way before coming back down.

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Pictures do not do this shrine justice

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Business/organizations can sponsor and have their names written on individual torii gates; it is said to bring good luck and prosperity.

Next stop, Arashiyama!

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One thought on “Temple Run in Kyoto

  1. Susan Mary says:

    I sure did travel all these places with you. I loved every bit of the blog. Makes me wanna come there and eat, stalk, walk, hike and enjoy with you.

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