Japan March-April 2019 travel blog

Heian Jingu Shrine

Heian Jingu Shrine

Ginkaku-ji Temple

Ginkaku-ji Temple

Philosopher's Walk


The morning began with a visit to the Kyoto Museum of Tradition Arts where we viewed artisan crafts such as lacquerware, textiles, woodworking, metalwork, basketry, etc. The dyemaking was particularly interesting as it yielded beautiful fabrics with such deep rich color.

Following the museum visit we walked to the nearby Heian Jingu, a vast Shinta shrine complex that is a 5/8 model of the original palace of the early emperors of Kyoto. The complex was built in 1895 to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto as the capital of the country.

After a short taxi ride we arrived at the Buddhist Ginkaku-ji Temple, know as the silver pavilion. Although the building is not covered in silver supposedly the moonlight shining on the dark interior gives it a silvery appearance. Around the temple are beautiful moss gardens and a unique sand garden that gives the impression of waves in the sea.

After a lunch of Japanese curry we walked for about a mile down the philosopher's walk along a small stream with hundreds of blooming cherry blossom trees. Then a taxi ride took as back to the hotel for a short break before dinner.

Dinner of fish and chips was at an Irish Pub just down the street from the hotel. From there we took a taxi to the Gion district, the Guisha zone. Although there were thousands of people wandering the area ... no guishas. Finally a walk back to the hotel through mobs of shopping people left us exhausted after a busy day.



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