- Day One was spent riding around the Gion district on shiny new electronic bikes supplied to us by our hotel. The backstreets of Gion were amazing, kinda like a little Venice with it's little restaurants and bars built on a meandering river that run through the city. Best idea ever for taking the bikes with us as it was the best way to actually "see" the city.
- We also saw a Geisha parade outside Choinin Temple. Possibly to welcome the Autumn season?
-Rode to Kyomizudera Temple (Pure Water Temple). The temple itself sits on a gigantic hill amongst a gorgeous green backdrop of bamboos, over looking the city of Kyoto. I hear that during the Autumn seasons, the tree tops turn into a beautiful golden brown canopy, none-the-less the temple never ceases to amaze me every time I visit it.
-Spent the evening in Kyoto Tower, watching the sun go down over the city and slowly watching the city light up with its night life. The sky was so clear we could even see through to Osaka.
- Day Two was spent in the Arashiyama area. A 20 min train ride saw us arrive by the Oi River.
- Took a little half an hour cruise on a boat up stream, admiring the scenery around the Arashiyama area. Our boat driver knew little English but still didn't fail to make us feel less at home and tried his very best to explain the surrounds of the area. We ran into this really cute little convenience store operated entirely on a boat!
-Rickshaws were everywhere and I really wanted to ride on one, but I doubt they could've pulled both me and Rick on one, together.
- Took a stroll through the peaceful and tranquil surrounds of Sagano Bamboos. It was really amazing how green and how tall the bamboos were. Probably my favourite part of Kyoto. The mosquitoes however were relentlessly vicious, seven-bites-in-half-an-hour-on-one-arm kinda vicious!
- Took 2 trains and a bus to Ginkakuji (The Golden Pavilion) just in time to see the sun set and cast stunning golden rays of light on the temple. Covered in gold leaf, the Temple stood in the surrounds of a pond that was an amazing contrast to all the other black and white temples everywhere else.
We missed a few temples this time around, especially the ones with the Buddhist Zen gardens, but as most temples closed at around 5pm, we could technically only do two destinations in one day. Next time I'm in Kyoto, I'd love to spend a week and travel to Nara for the more modern architecture provided by some of Japans top architects like Tadao Ando and SAANA. It was quite a whimsical trip, one that I thoroughly enjoyed with Rick. I think one thing that I realised this trip was the fact that I much rather more culturally and artistically rich "towns" as compared to more metropolitan "cities".
Also there's a sneak peek of an outfit post that is to come! Hope you guys had an awesome weekend and have enjoyed this post!