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.
Jishu Shrine, deity of love and matchmaking.
Strolling around Higashiyama from quiet morning to bustling hour is an experience guaranteed to delight everyone. The people, traditional houses, architectures, temples, food… I enjoy my time when I was there, and staying there makes it even special.
Yasaka Pagoda within Higashiyama District.
Streets start to get crowded around 930am.