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Day Seven - Kyoto

Daigoji Temple!

Today we went to see the Daigoji temple of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. It is also a world heritage site so we weren’t going to skip it. From the main Kyoto Station we caught a JR train to Yamashina Station (5 minute ride, cost 180 yen) and then transfer to the Tozai Subway Line (roughly 10 minutes, cost 250 yen). The Daigoji temple grounds are actually situated at the base of a mountain and to get to the other temple buildings you must take a hiking trail. As soon as we entered the grounds we saw the former residence of the head priest called the Sanboin. It was first built in 1115 but according to a tour guide we overhead it was later expanded in 1598 for a famous cherry blossom party. This party was organized by Toyotomi Hideyoshi..we are not too sure who he is. This place was truly charming, so charming that Emily did not want to leave. She said how she could spend her entire life living here with a monk. We thought she was joking, but when we were leaving we realized she was not walking behind us! We lost her and had to search all over the temple grounds to find her. After half an hour we finally found her, she was sitting on a bench beside a little pond observing the monks in front of the temple. We dragged her out while she wept saying how she had finally found her paradise and we were forcing her to leave. She eventually shut up when we bought her tasty Japanese snacks at the train station. We took a train back to Kyoto Station where we got off to visit the Kyoto Tower. The tower was built in 1964 which is the year the Tokyo Olympics took place and the shinkansen was open. It is Kyoto’s landmark and obviously its tallest building seeing as Kyoto is famous for its temples not high rise buildings. We went up to the viewing platform from where we could see all of Kyoto and its suburbs. The views were breathtaking, and we would recommend anyone that visits Kyoto to go to the tower.

Posted by saitjapan 09:43

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