FUN-travel: Jubilant Japan in Bloom! – Kyoto – Totally Templed

April 17, 2018 by  

  • Totally Templed & Uniquely UNESCO…

…as Kyoto has a grand total of 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

  • 1st Stop – Kinkaku-ji…the Golden Pavilion…

…whose top two floors are completely covered in glittering gold leaf…

…started life in 1397 as a retirement villa for the Shogun…

…and based on his wishes became a Zen temple after his death in 1408.

  • 2nd Stop –Tenryu-ji Temple… one of the city’s five great Zen temples.

The tranquil temple has one of the most attractive Japanese stroll gardens in Kyoto…

…particularly stunning in spring with cherry blossoms & fall with autumn foliage.

  • 3rd Stop – Outside the temple…is the magical Arashiyama Bamboo Grove & Togetsuyoko Bridge.

  • 4th Stop – Royan-ji Temple… known as the “Temple of the Dragon at Peace”…

…famous for its iconic Zen rock garden…

…that features 15 mystical rocks floating adrift in a sea of white sand…

…& the perfect spot to contemplate the world…

…& the meaning of life.

  • 5th Stop – Kiyomizu-dera Temple…one of the most celebrated temples in Japan…

…perched high atop a hill…

…offering spectacular views of Kyoto…

…with its huge wooden veranda…

…at 38 feet high & 120 ft long protruding over a steep cliff…

…built in 1633 without using a single nail…

…& the reason we made this trip!

FUN-fact – Kiyomizu-dera  was one of the 21 places vying for the New 7 Wonders of the World. We have now officially made it to 20 of them!

Not so FF – Today was the coldest day so far! Glad I brought my silk long john’s!

  • Today’s Treat – “We be Stylin”… in our private car…with driver!

Our Guide Katsue, Me & Mr. Moto

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