Japan Day 3 and Day 4 – Kyoto, City of Temples Guide Part 2

Welcome back to new edition of FeastnTravel. After we had buffet lunch in the restaurant nearby Ryoanji Temple, we went ahead to Ginkakuji temple (The silver temple). Both Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji Temple are ones of the most visited temples in Kyoto. From Kinkakuji to Ginkakuji , you can take bus no 102 and 204 and stop at Ginkakujimichi. When we arrive in Ginkakuji area, I was a bit surprised to see the surrounding in Ginkakuji are more crowded and have many shops and restaurants around the area compared to Kinkakuji, hence it’s looks like more touristy even  both are visited by many visitors. As there are snow in the morning, in the area, there are creatively made snowman on the street. 

We also found Japanese couples using their traditional clothes which looks really nice that encouraged us to ask to take their pictures as souvenir. On the hilly way to Ginkakuji, you can also purchase some souvenirs and have some snacks if you want. 

The front part of Ginkakuji reminds me of Versailles in France as there are neat garden made in front.

Initially I thought Ginkakuji will be painted with silver colour, like Kinkakuji painted with gold colour as Ginkakuji means silver temple, but my assumption proven wrong. The temple itself is not painted in silver, but have wooden structure same as other temple. For the temple itself, I would prefer Kinkakuji, however the garden and surrounding of Ginkakuji are also nice place which you should not miss it out. 

If you visit Ginkakuji, don’t miss the cake shop nearby the Ginkakuji area, especially the one filled with japanese green tea (macha) flavour. If you have your cake there, you can also have complementary japanese green tea as well. Very suitable especially when travelling on winter same like us. 

Even it’s winter, so you can see some plants were able to survive and look nice. There is one restaurant nearby Ginkakuji looks creative by putting the cat statue which looks funny and cute to attract people dine there. 

From Ginkakuji, we take the bus to Kyoto Imperial palace. From Ginkakuji, you can take bus no 203 which stop at Doshishamae or 102 which stop at Karasumalmadegawa. Actually we know that the Kyoto Imperial Palace had been closed on the afternoon, but we still want to see what it looks like. Kyoto imperial palace is located in the middle of  huge park of Kyoto Gyoen national garden which have rectangular shaped park. The size of the park is  1300 meters long from north to south and 700 meters long from east to west and have approximately 50,000 trees grows inside the park. 

From Kyoto Imperial palace, we went back to Nishiki market. It’s interesting market you should visit,  same as other locals who also visit the market. You can try some snacks inside the market or have your dinner there as well. After strolling around Nishiki market and surrounding, we went back to our hotel as tomorrow is the departure date of my friends so they need to pack tonight.

It’s early morning around 5.30 AM of the forth day of my visit in Japan. I wake up first then tried to wake up my friends as we planned to visit Kiyomizudera, one of the oldest temple in Kyoto and part of Unesco world heritage temple since 1994. It was established in 778 before Kyoto became the capital of Japan in old time.   Both of my friends are too tired to wake up at that morning as they have visited Japan for one week, so they cancelled the trip. As  I was too curious on the temple, I decided to visit myself by walk. The location from the map looks near from our hotel. With the help of kind Japanese people and sign on the road, I managed to find the way to Kiyomizudera temple. It’s a bit tiring as the road to the temple is hilly. It’s early in the morning and it’s nice to see the street around the temple is so quite as the shop is still closed. 

I was glad when I see the red painted gate after took hilly step up which means I were now at the front of Kiyomizudera temple. The view from Kiyomizudera is excellent especially early in the morning.

At the front of the temple, we can see a lot of board full of wishes of people made in the temples which some in Japanese, Kanji word and include foreign languages ie Thai. One of the important building in the area is the three storey pagoda.

The area of Kiyomizudera is quite huge, so allow yourself enough time to visit the whole area. The main altar of the Kiyomizudera looks old but it’s interesting. As the wooden floor a bit slippery due to snow the day before, hence we can not come too close to the end part of main altar. 

There is interesting part of the temple for couple or ladies especially, the area of love stone in which it is said that if people can walk from one stone to the other stone with close eyes, your love wishes will be granted soon. 

If love is not your wish, perhaps the bronze statue near the love statue, nade-daikoku san is suitable for you to fulfill your various wishes.

When you visit the Kiyomizudera, don’t forget as well to drink the water of one part of the temple there. There are 3 water flows in which the water in the middle is believed to fulfill your love or romance wishes, the other for career and study.

On the are, you might also notice some statues having apron with red or pink colour surrounds as part of respects that being performed by Japanese people. The hills side looks also place for tombs and the is also tomb on the bottom part of the Kiyomizudera.

It’s time for me to go back to the hotel to check out then we will take the train in which I will stop at Shin Osaka to go to Osaka to meet my other friend reside on Osaka area, while my friends heading to Kansai Airport to go back home. See you in the next article of Japan. 

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