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Kyoto-Templin in the Rain

Yesterday, I woke up to my first full day in Kyoto, and it was gloomy and rainy. I walked over to the train station, where i was able to catch bus 100-which was going to take me to the Philosophers Path, which is a path that goes between certain temples and shrines here in Kyoto (once again there are 1200 of them).

First I went to a Zen temple called Ginkakuji, which has a sand garden, and beautiful buildings which go around this land and the garden. It was relatively small, and it was hard to get around as there we're lots of school children there. I stayed awhile and walked around, but walked around back to through the crowds, through the rain to the path. I walked along the path, which in pictures was filled with Cherry Blossoms, but in this case was just rain, and leaves on the ground.

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i walked past another small temple, which looks like it was the same sect as the temple i saw the other day. I looked around and took a nap at one temple. It was quite relaxing watching the leaves while it was raining.

i walked past a small shrine, and another temple called the Elkondo Temple, which is another sect of Japanese Buddhism. It was another beautiful temple. i walked around, and looked the pagoda and other banners.

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i walked further along and found the Nanzen Ji Temple, which is a huge famous Zen Temple. Here I saw the garden, and a huge Roman Aquaduct-I don't know why it is there. it is beautiful

It may sound like I found this boring, but the walk was quite peaceful, particularly in the rain. These temples emanated peace.

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At the end, it was roughly around 6:00, and I took a walk to the metro-which I took to a different part of town, where there was supposedly a street selling food with vendors. I couldn't find this street, but I found another restaurant, where I had fried tofu. I walked around a while longer-and found a bus back to Central station, which was near the hostel. i looked for an electronic's store there, that i found in a guide. i couldn't find it,it was raining out the whole day, and i just wanted to go to bed.

Posted by DavidPearlman 15:21 Archived in Japan

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