Kyoto and Nara


This was the delicious breakfast at Tsukyia B&B in Kyoto

Set out for 2 sights today, Sanjusangendo Temple, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto built in 1165. It’s one of the most popular tourists destinations in Kyoto. There are 1,001 human-sized statues in total and each of them has slightly different features. It is said that you should find the one similar to you! They were made of Japanese cypress which was then goldleafed. Kannon is said to have eleven heads with which to better see the suffering of mankind, and one thousand arms with which to save those in need. Though the wooden statues only have 42 arms, each holds a different item or is posed in a Buddhist symbolic gesture.

Then after a fav veggie lunch at Veg Out, on to Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings.

This site less impressive as it was over run with vendors and tourists. But I did see some good kimonos!

I have been very sidetracked by gardens, plants and trees, here are a few of my favorites.


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