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Kyoto day 6 - Southern Higashiyama

Written on: Wednesday February 10th, 2010

A journal entry from: Japan 2010

We did the Lonely Planet "walking tour" of Southern Higashiyama today with an umbrella borrowed from the hostel (as it rained all day). First, we visited Kiyomizu-dera, one of my favourite temples in Kyoto. In one part of it, we got to descend into a pitch black room and had to feel our way through guided by a beaded rail. At one point, we reached a stone, where we could make a wish. It was pretty cool.

Kiyomizu-dera has a "love" shrine (Jishu-jinga) and I did the "test" to see if you will get what you want in love. You have to walk eyes-closed between two stones about 12 metres apart. Jack stood at the end stone, and was taping me. I almost made it to the stone, but I ended up walking into Jack! So not a complete failure I think.

In contrast, Jack's go at lame superstition was drinking water from the Otawa-no-taki spring for "improving school test results". He said the water tasted weird.

Then we walked down two shopping/tourist trap streets: Sannen-Zaka and Ninen-Zaka, and walked along some side streets that Lonely Planet recommended as the "most attractive" in Kyoto.

In the afternoon, we got to Chion-In that had a huge gate, which we got to climb up inside of. After the really impressive and imposing gate, the actual temple buildings were a bit of a let down though!