Kyoto Day 3 and the Golden Temple
There is so much more that I want to see around Kyoto, but alas it was the final full day of us being in Kyoto. Due to a rather intense day of walking from Day 2, we decided to take it a little easier this time and the first place we headed to was Kinkakuji (or what is known as the Golden Temple). Hit the jump to check out more.
Having looked up the location, we took a taxi as we discovered that the actual temple isn’t that far from the ryokan. By the time we got there, there were already a number of tourist around but when we got into the temple grounds there weren’t that many around. There was a bell that we could also ring so I took the chance to pray and ring. Though I must say it was quite loud. Moving along we came to a view of the Golden Temple itself and it certainly was a site to behold.
I stood there for quite a while admiring the scenery whilst trying to avoiding all the tourist trying to take photos. Before I came here I saw photos of the temple when it was covered in snow and could only imagine how beautiful it would be to see that kind of scenery. Continuing down the path we came across some gift shops and a small shrine where I bought some souvenirs.
Once we got outside the temple grounds, we headed out to check some of the surrounding souvenir stores and was rather tempted to buy a “Nan de ya nen” t-shirt. At this point we were feeling hungry and decided to head out to Kyoto JR station and check out a bit of the stores there. We took a taxi which took roughly around 30 minutes and by the time we got there we looked for a place to eat. Eventually we came across the food court section and entered a pizza and pasta place.
The surrounding shops of Kyoto JR station have a variety of things to look at and this was the opportunity to look for souvenirs for relatives back home. Not to mention that I would have to buy it now before blowing away my money in Tokyo. One of the items I’ve always wanted was a sakura printed tea cup. Luckily I was able to find one as well as find the one item my mum asked me to get.
After wondering around for a while more checking out other stores, we decided that we should call it a day since we were still quite tired from the hike up Fushimi-Inari Shrine. So we headed back to the ryokan and rested for the whole afternoon. I also took this opportunity to catch up on some anime before taking a quick nap. I also managed to take a random phoot of the garden inside the ryokan.
Soon enough it reached dinner time. Checking out the local map supplied to us by the ryokan owner, we chose the sushi train that was only a mere 2 minute walk. The pricing of this sushi place was different to other sushi trains that I have been to as this one was ¥147 per plate, regardless of the type. Between the four of us, we ate about 45 plates of sushi.
So with the third day of Kyoto it wasn’t as eventful as the 2nd day, but it was still an experience. With my last day of Kyoto, I certainly did a lot more compared to last time I was there. But in the end I still think that 3 days is too short for Kyoto. If you do plan to goto Kyoto, make sure to plan out more than 3 days. Next time I come to Kyoto I would probably come for 7 days.