Category Archives: Japan

Hike of one hundred waterfalls

From Kibune-guchi train station north of Kyoto, a bus took visitors up the hill to the mountain temples, but that would have meant missing the countless waterfalls on the three kilometre trek. So I ploughed up the roadside where streams of cars passed. It was shady and although a warm summer day, it grew cooler as I climbed. Continue reading Hike of one hundred waterfalls


Close by the Path of Philosophy was Ginkaku-ji (or the Silver Pavilion) constructed as a villa in 1482 for a shogun. After the shogun’s death the grounds at the base of Higashiyama Mountain Range were converted into a temple. Continue reading Ginkaku-ji

Path of Philosophy

At the foot of Higashiyama Mountain Range, this walkway was peaceful with the sound of water rippling under lush trees and a handful of hikers here and there. But if I thought I’d escaped the tourist shops, I was wrong. They kept appearing along the route. Continue reading Path of Philosophy

Beyond Nanzen-ji’s temple

Past the temple’s aqueduct I climbed higher along the Kotoku-an trail where only two hikers ventured ahead of me. Although this was not a long hike, the sounds of tourists and buses were lost to the sound of running water. Continue reading Beyond Nanzen-ji’s temple

The last structure I expected to see in Japan

When I think of aqueducts, I imagine Italy, but beyond the main buildings in the Nanzen-ji Temple grounds, was a red brick aqueduct. A sign reassured visitors the crack in the brick was not structurally dangerous so I stepped underneath to climb to the top. Continue reading The last structure I expected to see in Japan