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23 Apr 2014

KYOTO

What can I say about Kyoto, except that it's simply beautiful.

view from the Crowne Plaza, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Japanese pancakes, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Japanese pancakes, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
The Golden Pavillion, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
cherry blossoms, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
temple, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Japanese food, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Japanese hot pot, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
dipping beef in raw egg, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
dessert, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Saihoji Moss Temple, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Saihoji Moss Temple, cherry blossoms, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
resting cats, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
cherry blossoms, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
red bean fish cakes, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
cherry blossoms, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Nijō Castle, cherry blossoms, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Nijō Castle, cherry blossoms, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan, Euriental
Kyoto, Japan, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Euriental
Our timing was rather impeccable, as we happened to arrive the very day the cherry blossoms were predicted to be in full bloom. Indeed, everywhere we walked the trees were proudly displaying hundreds of blossoms, petals drifting to the ground with every gust of wind.

Kyoto is home to many, many, many incredible temples and gardens, and as we were only there for 1 1/2 days, it was a difficult decision narrowing them down to a suitable number to squeeze into our time there. In the end, we made it to a fair few (including one of my favourites, the bamboo forest, but more on that later) must-see temples. One had traditional rituals that visitors were requested to participate in (Saihoji Moss Temple), another had thousands of steps leading you two hours up a mountain (Fushimi Inari Shrine). Another still was made up of incredible zen gardens and cherry blossoms and beautiful ponds and lakes (Ryōan-ji). 

A peaceful city in which to escape the real world of computers and desk jobs, Kyoto is so far removed from the norm of bustling life in London. Those two days were two days of escapism into a truly different (and exquisite) world.

2 comments :

  1. So many magical places, would love to go there someday!

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    1. Oh, you absolutely should! It's a gorgeous country.

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