This is a detailed post of my 2 weeks long solo backpacking trip to Japan. Please see preview and itinerary/index of my complete trip on this post.
Day 4 – Kyoto
Lets continue from where I left
I walked to Shijo Dori again to shoot the same place in day light (I was here the night before). I spent half an hour clicking cherry trees and doing some street photography. Its okay to look outsider sometimes. You can initiate conversation with anyone and vice versa. A local family asked me to click their photograph and asked me about how Japan has treated me. I told them how I loved Japanese people and how they have helped me despite not knowing much English so far. Oldest lady in group was over 80 years of age. She would only go out in cherry bloom period every year. They wanted to get a photo with me, to which I readily obliged. It was good to see how Japanese people celebrated Sakura season with family.
Visit to another great shrine, Kodaiji
By now I have been walking quite a lot in Gion Shijo area and I became really friendly with roads. Though earlier I was using google maps for navigation. A straight road connects Shijo Dori and Yasaka Shrine and all eastern hills shrines are nearby. I made my way to Kodaiji temple from Gion Shijo area in about 20 minutes. Kodaiji (高台寺, Kōdaiji) is an outstanding temple in Highashiyama area. Temple dates back to 1606 and has a pretty amazing zen garden. My wish to shoot architecture has been well received by Kyoto so far. Though I think I was not able to do justice to these marvelous place due to lack of time. Each of these places deserve a sunrise and sunset at the least. For now these (damn) white skies would have to do.
Main hall of Kodaiji is open to public. Both sides of main hall has two large gardens. These gardens are lit up in fall season when tree change color. Right now they look just ordinary to me.
I am surprised to see how zen temples are maintained in all zen shrines. Kodaiji has an entry charge of 600Y per person. This also includes an entry to Sho museum, which I did not go.
Next place in my list was Fushimi Inaru Taisha. I could not find a bus stop to go to Fushimi so decided ride the train. As Kodaiji is located on a hill it gives a nice view of Higashiyama District.
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