kyoto - northern higashiyama

Much as I don't enjoy getting sick, it did give me some downtime. I spent my sick days languishing in bed with my laptop working on my photos of Kyoto. Kyoto is such a photogenic place I took loads of photos so narrowing the selection was a bit of a challenge. As there were so many photos, I'll split the images across a number of posts. 

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I spent Day 1 in the Northern Higashiyama area as that was where I was staying. I started the day early and arrived at my first destination, the Nanzen-Ji Temple, before opening hours.

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This is the imposing main gate

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with it's massive doors.

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Nanzen-Ji is a Zen Buddhism temple. A service was taking place which we watched in silence and here are some of the participants leaving. The temple is surrounded by beautiful lush greenery.

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There's an imposing aqueduct on site with some amazing light streaming through the trees.

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I decided it was a vision worthy of a black and white image. From Nanzen-Ji I stumbled around searching for the Path of Philosophy.

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It's a beautiful quiet tree lined walk, home to many cats.

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It's where I found this elderly lady taking a stroll. The Path of Philosophy led me to the Honen-In Temple.

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The Honen-In Temple is another of the lovely quiet contemplative green temples, my favourite kind.

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The beautiful sand sculptures.

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The temple is set in lush greenery which manages to out lush the Nanzen-Ji Temple.

Time for reflection before returning to the Path of Philosophy for the short walk to the Gingkaku-Ji Temple.

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Now this temple is a very popular one in Kyoto, which means it's also very crowded. I couldn't get a clear shot of the famous sand sculpture so I concentrated on a detail shot instead.

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The Silver Temple is surrounded by beautiful gardens and a lake. I was too late for cherry blossoms but I was right on time for the azaleas.

Beautiful gardens require maintenance and I found this gardener hard at work.

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Next time I blog about my trip to Kyoto I'll be posting photos from Arashiyama but I'll be back before then with some baking.

See you all again next week. 

Bye for now,


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