From Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera, I spotted Koyasu-no-To pagoda in the distance. The lure of this orange tower in the lush setting was impossible to ignore, so I set out towards this solitary structure leaving behind the main complex that was under external renovations. Continue reading Easy child birth — really?
The route along Kyoto’s Gojo-dori was lined with tourist traps, but it didn’t end there. I headed to Kiyomizu-dera temple where souvenirs hovered right up to the temple steps. Continue reading Stepping up to Kiyomizu-dera
I often look down when walking. If there’s an uneven path, or I remember last year’s catastrophe when I didn’t watch my step, I check the ground. That previous trip cost me a week using crutches so in Kyoto I was more careful. Continue reading Looking down
I sped past this complex when I first arrived in Kyoto. But a few days later when I hiked in the general direction of my hotel, I passed by the site once again. This time I crossed over a moat and entered through the Founder’s Hall Gate into the temple complex, Higashi Honganji, officially known as Shinshu Honbyo. Continue reading An accidental visit to Higashi Honganji
Climbing Mount Inari may have been about fighting the crowds and following the numerous tori that lined the trail, but it was also about the lush forest often ignored with the clamour. Continue reading A hike beyond the crowds
Fushimi Inari was dedicated to Inari Okami, the god of rice and sake in 711 before the site moved to Mount Inari in 816 and became Fushimi Inari Taisha. The first tori, the Romon tower gate at the entrance, was built from donations by a samurai warlord in 1589. Continue reading Kyoto’s most photographed site
Because this museum was within easy walking distance from Kyoto’s Nishiki Market, I headed for the quiet street to a wooden house. At first I thought the museum was closed because the slatted gate was shut and all was quiet. But inside, I discovered customers deeply interested in what appeared to be the purchase of a kimono. Continue reading A museum of kimonos
I read that Shiorian was a kimono museum, but it was more than that. In fact, I was immediately drawn to the beautiful house. Continue reading Kyoto’s Shiorian
Ever since I first learned about Japan’s shinkansen, I’d always wanted to step aboard one to experience the 320 kilometres an hour feel at ground level. I know many European countries have bullet trains too, but I had my heart set on Japan. I finally had my chance when I headed from a Tokyo outer train station to Kyoto. Continue reading A Shinkansen experience
At the end of Kyoto’s Nishiki Market or what might have been the beginning of Teramachi, was a small temple. Here was a little relief from the crowds. Some clapped their hands before bowing in front of a shrine; others wash their hands with well water.