Sunday, September 21, 2008

Japan: Day 4: Kyoto

Today we did the much recommended South Higashiyama walking tour. The tour started with a visit to the Kiyomizu-dera temple, where we walked inside Tainai Meguri, a cave  with TOTAL darkness (I had never been in this much darkness before and I was almost scared), symbolizing buddha's belly and then coming out in the light, symbolizing rebirth! After the visit to the temple, we made our way to some of the prettiest streets of Kyoto with traditional Japanese houses, restaurants, inns, tea rooms and souvenir shops.

We walked in rain under our umbrellas almost all the distance, expect for an hour when it started to rain very heavily. This was when we stopped at a tea room and sipped some hot coffee!

We were lucky to sight Maikos too, this was a really exciting moment for me! :)

A traditional Japanese dinner, Kaiseki marked the end of our tour!

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