Exploring Kyoto

Geisha

Geisha

Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine

Really wore ourselves out today. Walked all over the place. Saw Buddhist temples actually being used for prayer by Japanese people. The temples all have rich histories and and feature ancient architecture and elaborate gardens.. Check out the flickr photos.

Today is Sunday and everywhere we went was pretty crowded. They tell me there are lots of people in Japan – I think most of them were out enjoying a rare day of sunshine today.

The highlight was seeing 2 geishas in a rickshaw near the Gion area.

Kyoto is a fantastic place to visit and absorb some of the ancient culture of Japan. You could easily spend a month here – there is so much to see. I have to admit I was a bit sceptical about wasting good skiing time doing the tourist thingĀ  but this has been great and I now have a much greater appreciation of Japan and its people.

Last day here tomorrow. Tour director, Cathy has big plans. Better get some sleep as I anticipate another big day of walking.

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