Sanjusangendo (三十三間堂) temple is popular for its 1001 statues of the goddess of mercy. The temple hall is made up of wooden structure and is reported 120 meters long. Very impressive sight. In the hall, visitors can worship and make wishes. Within the hall, photography is prohibited, and the staffs are everywhere to check. The photo below is just a glimpse of it.
The temple is not far from Kyoto station, so I decide to walk all the way to Kyoto station. It’s pretty interesting to going around streets. You get to see different people, things people are doing, types of housing, and people cycling everywhere. It’s winter, so it starts to get dark after about 4 pm.
This is the only shot of city lights I manage to get when I reached Kyoto Tower.
Osaka Castle (大阪城) is the only side trip that I manage to visit when I was in Kyoto. This is one of the sites that I think online media, photography or video of the castle don’t really do justice to its beauty. It’s totally a different appreciation when visiting the castle in person. I spent some good time there learning about the history of the castle, and the museum itself is quite informative.
It’s been a while since the last update. Hopefully I can have more time to work on my photos.
Kinkakuji (金閣寺), also known as Golden Pavilion, is well-known for its golden structure that are covered in gold leaf. Unfortunately the zen temple is out of bound. I was lucky to be able to capture a few moments before it starts drizzling. Pictures were taken in mid Dec 2013. I hope to visit again in Feb to see the structure cover with snow.
After the pavilion exit, there is a Fudo Hall where I spent some time there praying.
Kiyomizudera (清水寺), one of the UNESCO World heritage sites, is well-known for its wooden buildings architecture and the way it was built. I spent some good time there and really fascinated by the architecture. The site is also beautiful in the night, just different. At the present, some of the buildings are under renovation. These pictures were taken in Dec 2013.
Koyasu Pagoda can be viewed from the main hall of Kiyomizudera.
Jishu Shrine, deity of love and matchmaking.
Otowa waterfall. It is said that each stream’s water brings benefit of longevity, success at school and a fortunate love life.
Outside Kiyomizudera. Love the crowded street.
Todaiji temple (東大寺) at Nara. Very impressive architecture, and beautiful surrounding.
Big Buddha (Daibutsu).
Inside the main hall, there is a pillar with a hole. It is said that those who can squeeze through the opening will be granted enlightenment in their next life.
Deer around Todaiji temple, and more at Nara park.