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Kyoto – The “New” Land

I was too busy preparing for my presentation at Hitachi Construction Machinery’s headquarter that I couldn’t have time to write about my amazing trip to Kyoto – ┬áthe former capital, as well as one of the oldest cities in Japan. Kyoto, to me, was magnificent, in the way that the city was beautifully surrounded by mountains and rivers with many temples, shrines and castles. Before coming to Kyoto, I expected to see mostly traditional houses. However, Kyoto was more modern and busier than I thought. Kyoto station was huge and its architecture was very impressive. This is also one of the most visited place in Kyoto!

Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station

 

Out trip to Kyoto lasted for 3 days (from Friday afternoon to Monday morning). After arriving at the hotel, we went to see some famous shrines and temples. I remembered Kiyomizudera temple the most because this place has always been one of the top landmarks in Kyoto. The temple was located in the middle of the forest and mountain, so the atmosphere there was very peaceful.

Kiyomizudera

Kiyomizudera

The next day we went to Kinkakuji – the golden pavillion and Arashiyama bamboo forest. I was speechless to see the gorgeous view of these places and my photographic sense told me to take as many pictures as I could. It would be very hard for me to find a word to describe the beauty of these places, thus I believe it would be better for you all to see the photos I took. Those are my treasures!

Kinkakuji

Kinkakuji – the golden pavillion

Arashiyama

Arashiyama bamboo forest

The next day, Sunday, was our free time! Sarah and I went together the whole day and we did a lot of shopping, as well as visited many famous places that were listed on the 15 most popular place in Kyoto. We went to Gion, which is a restaurant district where customers could enjoy Maiko and Geisha’s performance. Then we visited the Imperial Palace, but unfortunately we couldn’t go inside since it would take a while for us to apply for a visit. Luckily I was able to take a picture in front of the Palace! Nijo castle was next! We missed the last visit by only 7 minutes, but it was still worth the walk as we could see the beautiful design of the castle from the outside! The last 2 places we went to were Nanzen and Heian Jingu temples. They were, again, breathtakingly magnificent! I was so happy to be able to go to many places in Kyoto, and also got some present for my family and friends! It was a very nice end of the trip before we came back to the busy city of Tokyo. But I know I will never forget the memories in Kyoto! When in Kyoto…

Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle

Nanzen-ji

Nanzen-ji

Nanzen-ji

Nanzen-ji

Heian Jingu

Heian Jingu

Gion district

Gion district

Nanzen-ji

Nanzen-ji

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