Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ashley and Paul Take on Kyoto

Though three weeks late, here's an update on me and Paul's trip to Kyoto...might post a few more pics from the other places we went!

First, we went to Fushimi Inari. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines. Inari is the god of business, so each of the Torii (the orange gates) is donated by a Japanese business. The torii line the path up to the top of the mountain -- pretty cool!!

Next, we biked off to Kinkakuji, which is no small feat! It's allllllllllll the way on the other side of Kyoto, which we realized is too big of a city to bike across. Too bad for us, we still had to get our bikes back to the hostel on the other side of town after! Quite the workout! The name for the temple in English is The Golden Pavillion -- the top two floors are covered in pure gold leaf. The pond in front is called mirror sorta see the start of the reflection in the pond.
Next we were off to Ryuanji Temple -- Here's the zen garden. One of the most famous zen gardens in Japan!
After feeling all zen, we had to bike back to the hostel! Quite the trip! On day 2 to we went to Arashiyama Park to see the monkeys! Here we are posing in front of Kyoto with one of the monkeys!

And here I am feeding one...though he kept throwing the banana peels back at me! Kinda backwards, you had to feed the monkeys from inside the cage. Pretty crazy!

And here's Kyoto station with the reflection of Kyoto tower in it. What a good trip!

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