Hello! sorry for long time no post. Me and Johan just got back from a trip to Kyoto! It’s such an amazingly beautiful city. But you could see that some places had been damaged by the typhoon.. It was also quite hot (like +30°C or something?), and there were so many tourists O_O I expected it to be a lot, but not this much… I’m not really that much into sight-seeing so I have to say that I didn’t really have such a great time there… But still, it’s such a beautiful city and I really enjoyed just walking around in town, especially the Nishiki market and the Gion district (which I don’t have any pictures of ;_;). Anyway, I managed to take a few pictures that I thought I’d post here ^_^ Johan took even more pictures with his camera so I’ll try to upload those too later.
Arrived at Kyoto station with the Shinkansen train ~
Then we met up with some friends and began our sightseeing at the Nijo castle. I especially liked this castle because of it’s amazing nightingale floor (floors designed to make a chirping sound when walked upon). We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside tho 😦 But it was really amazing, the floor really made s chirping sound wherever we walked 😀 Was thinking about the book “Across the Nightingale Floor” the whole time ~
And while we didn’t go all the way up to Arashiyama, we did visit some bamboo groves.
But I swear to god we were in there for like 10 minutes and I got like 80 mosquito bites… (//∇//)
We also visited the Fushimi Inari Shrine. I really love these torii gates. But again, there were lots of tourists. I barely made it to take this picture before another big group of people came by. But anyway, beautiful! We didn’t make it all the way to the top tho, because again there were looooots of mosquitos, and the trip to the top and back would probably have taken about 2-3 hours ^^;;
But the thing I enjoyed the most was to just walk around town at night. So beautiful. Would love to go back there sometime and just experience more amazing food and sweets ~
So that was my first Kyoto experience. Not really what I expected, but I still had a great time. I guess I just wasn’t prepared for all the tourists. I mean, I knew there were going to be a lot of tourists, but there were even more here than when I visited Manhattan in the summer some years ago. And it was a bit too hot to walk around all day (almost got heat-struck a couple of times) But it was really nice to see a part of Japanese history ~ ^_^