Another beautiful day in Kyoto during the Sakura Season. The weather was beautiful today and I took the chance to explore the north-east of Kyoto.
After a chilled morning I took the subway to Keage. It was so funny when I entered the subway and one of my colleagues from work stood exactly in front of me. So many people are taking the subway and every minute there is another one. How rare is the chance to meet a friend randomly there?
Keage Incline is a very popular tourist destination. It is basically a train rail. Nothing special. But during the Sakura Season there are hundreds of cherry blossom trees, which is really beautiful. Because it was Sunday, good weather and the most popular season in Japan it was extremely crowded. So many tourists and locals everywhere!
I walked the way along the train rail until I reached a fountain. From there I walked to Nanzen-ji Temple. The temple area there is much bigger then I expected. I thought it will take me 5 minutes to see the temple, but there is so much more around. I don’t even know if I actually saw everything, but I think I got a good impression of this place. It is really beautiful there and has an amazing atmosphere.
Afterwards I made my way to Eikan-do Zenrin-ji Temple. I don’t really know why, but immediately there weren’t any people anymore. Perhaps because you have to pay an entrance fee to enter the Temple area. But it was really weird. From one second to the other all the people were gone. I was wondering if it is worth it to pay and see the temple, but I am just once in a life time here. That’s why I went inside.
I really like how peaceful and different this place is. At the pagoda on the top you have a nice view over a part of Kyoto. I think the best season to come here is autumn, when the leaves turn red. But if autumn or not, for me it was worth a visit.
The reason why I really went to this area of Kyoto is the Philosophers path. The way connects Eikan-do Zenrin-ji Temple and Ginkaku-ji Temple and is extremely popular because of all the beautiful Sakura trees along a small river. I walked all the way up, made thousands of pictures and enjoyed the perfect weather today. Even though there were so many people, it was very beautiful.
In the middle of the way I decided to have a look at Honen-in Temple. The temple itself was very natural, traditional and peaceful. Nevertheless, I am not sure if it is worth it to go inside. At the end many temples are similar to each other. They have many traditional paintings inside, which you are not allowed to take a picture of. The tatami rooms are a must, as well as a beautiful garden inside. But I can’t say that I didn’t liked it. It is still a very nice temple.
At the end I reached Ginkaku-ji Temple, one of the biggest tourist attractions in whole Kyoto. After Kinkaku-ji, which I already visited, is Ginkaku-ji the other main temple you should visit when coming here. Kinkaku-ji means translated golden temple, where else Ginkaku-ji means silver temple. Because the roof of Kinkaku-ji temple is made out of gold it is worth its name. In comparison to that is the roof of Ginkaku-ji not made out of silver, because apparently, they ran out of the material.
I saw a lot today and I was actually very tired after the long walk and all the different temples. Therefore, I walked to the next bus station, in hope to catch the right bus to the city centre. The subway is very limited here in Kyoto. Therefore, you have to take the bus to come from A to B. I just went into the next bus I saw. Luckily it was the right one. I went to the supermarket, back home, cooked dinner and chilled the rest of the evening.
It was a long and exhausting day, but absolutely worth it.