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Kyoto day 4 - south of the station

Written on: Monday February 8th, 2010

A journal entry from: Japan 2010

We ventured south of Kyoto station today. The first sight, Mibu-dera, wasn't all that great, and really hard to find. Next we went to see Toji, the tallest pagoda in all of Japan. It was cool to see and had several nice halls and shrines to look at as well.

Afterwards, we caught a bus to Tofukuji, but took a wrong turn when we got off and ended up at completely the wrong temple/shrine complex (Senryu-ji). We retraced our steps, and eventually found Tofukuji, which was the first Zen temple we saw in Japan. I really loved this temple, I think along with Kiyomizu-dera and Meiji in Tokyo, this was my favourite temple. Everything looked perfect, and was really a feast for my eyes.

In the late afternoon, we caught the train a little further south for Fushimi-Inari-Taisha. I wanted to walk through all the orange gates to the top (took about 30 minutes I think), but Jack got very frustrated with this. He hurt his knee. This was probably the closest that we got to a fight in the 5 weeks, which isn't so bad in retrospect.

That night, we headed back to our favourite food place, Kappa Create, for cheap sushi. And Jack had a go on the skill testers, this time trying to win a camera (no luck).