A&E on the World Heritage Train East 2009 travel blog

Erica and friend

Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizudera Temple dragon

Erica in front of another bit of Kiyomizudera Temple

Kodaiji Temple

Kodaiji Temple

Kodaiji Temple

Bamboo at Kodaiji Temple

Zen garden at Kodaiji Temple


Lanterns and prayer wheels


The bad news or Erica's first day in Japan was that it poured with rain all day long. I am so glad I bought a brolly, I was nowhere near as wet as the other day. On the plus side we had a great day exploring bits of Eastern Kyoto, particularly around the Geisha district of Gion. In the street where the really posh Geisha places are in the film Memoirs of a Geisha we even saw a Geisha entertaining a businessman-type, we were right thrilled. Lots of women in kimonos too, though I assume these are not Geisha.

We saw a lot of temples, but the best by far was the World Heritage Kiyomizudera Temple complex, particularly this massive wooden temple built on a hillside amongst the forest overlooking Kyoto, like the biggest verandah ever. And also very lovely was Kodaiji Temple, lots of zen beauty. Nara tomorrow!

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