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

Enryaku-ji

Enryaku-ji

Enryaku-ji

Pilgrims at Enryaku-ji

Enryaku-ji

Enryaku-ji

Enryaku-ji

Gion

Geishas, Gion, Kyoto

Geishas, Gion, Kyoto

Full circle, Erica back with her pal

Gion Temple

Kyoto billboards

Kyoto Tower


Today was mostly ancient temples hidden away in cedar forests at the top of a mountain, i.e. the lovely and atmospheric Enryaku-Ji (yet another in the World Heritage franchise!). It was as described, and very nice indeed, as well as quite easy to lose the crowds. It was the most Tibetan-feeling temple I have been in in Japan so far, lots of atmospheric dark spaces. Most Japanese temples are either very brightly lacquered, shiny and clean like everything is here, or Shinto and bare wood (and clean). There were many tempting trails all over the mountainside, but they will have to wait for another time.

On the way back we hopped off the bus at Gion for last minute shopping for Erica, who returns tomorrow :-( The shopping was a limited success, but we did see lots of geisha and as dusk fell Gion became very romantic and attractive as all the lanterns, etc were lit. We again failed to find the necessary combination of a veggie place with an English menu at a reasonable price, so had an Indian meal instead and then home.



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