It’s such a nice day today, it could almost still be summer. It is as Kyoto is telling me: don’t get rid of the shorts just yet. Our final destination is Sanjūsangen-dō, which is almost close to the station (about ten minutes by bus). It’s always difficult to choose what to do last, but in Kyoto it’s impossible to make the wrong or right decision.
The big hall of the compound is more than a hundred metres long and there is a nice path you can follow to walk around it. There are a few ponds and a beautiful red gate.
The entrance fee is 600¥, but that is well spent money. The inside is just wonderful. A sight you might never find anywhere else. There are more than a thousand statues inside the main hall and the sight of them standing close to each other is overwhelming. Taking pictures inside the temple is not allowed, but outside was no problem.
After leaving there were browsed the immediate area and found a Shinto shrine in close proximity. Imahie-jungū is a very quiet and peaceful place. It is probably one of the few places in Kyoto, that’s not overcrowded by tourists. It’s quite ideal for having a breather. It is not that small and offered some fine architecture. Since it’s not very busy, you have to ring for a person, to sell you lucky charms or a Goshuin. In the latter case we had to wait for the person in charge of drawing was found.
Before getting on the bus, we made a brief stop at Myōhō-in, a buddhist temple. I think we were lucky to sneak a peak, because I think it is usually closed to the public.
When I got into the temple offices building, a monk came out of one room looking slightly irritated. When I asked him for the seal, by holding up my Goshuin-chō, he immediately looked very relieved, bowed and smiled. A greening friendly person.
Note we are on our way back to Tokyo, where new adventures await us.
As I have not yet conquered Tokyo Tower, it is on the list for tomorrow. The landmark looks a little bit like the Eiffel Tower, but it is higher. I’m excited.