We had another Saturday in Kyoto – this one was overcast though. I did some research as to which places we hadn’t been to that were unlikely to be filled with tourists. We were half lucky 🙂
After coffee we bought ourselves the 600 Yen all day subway ticket – this wasn’t as easy as you’d think. It’s not available from the machines, but there was advertising for it – in Japanese. There was a local buying himself a ticket and we tried asking him but he kept misunderstanding and wanting us to buy a ticket to the station we wanted. I tried again and then he got it and told us we had to buy it at the station master’s booth. Then it was easy 🙂
Our first stop was to buy a power adapter, since I’d forgotten mine in Miyajima! We had a look at the Yodobashi Camera store – they had them for about $5 – only Australian to Japenese though. We went to the Daiso store to see if they had them as well, but they didn’t. So back to Yodobashi it was.
Our next stop was at the station closest to Konchi-in Garden – Google Maps for the win! It doesn’t have the buses, but does have the subway in Kyoto. Brilliant! And then it led us to the temple and garden itself, of course. We walked in – there was nobody at the ticket booth, so we assumed it was free and that it was actually a booth where they sell charms etc. Anyway…we wandered through the garden – it was beautiful and there were hardly any people there. Nice!
It had a nice little zen rock garden as well:
When we left, we saw people were paying admission, but we were naughty and left without paying.
We then headed over to the Nanzenji Temple, which is just around the corner. Our luck didn’t hold here, though. It was packed with people and school groups. The Sanmon gate was pretty impressive and you could go upstairs (for a price) and look down. It was full of school kids, so I passed on that.
The Hatto was pretty nice – and huge! There was a painted ceiling, which was not something I’d seen anywhere else.
Then we went into the Hojo with its little gardens around the place. Very nice, but also many tourists:
There’s also an Aqueduct in the temple complex. The locals seemed to like playing in it…
I wandered up along the stream for a little way, but Ela didn’t come with me, so I turned around. The path seemed to go to a cemetery about 1.5km away and didn’t want her to wait that long.
We wandered back out the way we’d come in. The school kids were gone from the second story of the Sanmon Gate, but I still didn’t feel like going up.
So we got the train back to town. Ela had seen the prawn roll advertised at the Delifrance when we stopped near there for some shopping this morning, so we went there for a very late lunch – it was quite yummy:
We then went back to our apartment for a bit of a rest/blog and photo update and then went to dinner at the little hole in the wall restaurant we’d seen down the road a few meters. It was a good choice for our final dinner alone in Japan: