Visiting sightseeing spots with an Italian
This time I picked him up at Ks house which is near JR Kyoto station. As he arrived in Kyoto on early morning, I went there at 10AM so that he could take a shower and a little rest.
He had a two-day schedule in Kyoto, I recommended him to vist the eastern part of Kyoto by himself the next day. In the eastern part, as temples and shrines are close to each other, visitors can walk one temple to another enjoying tiny shops along the path.
So, I made a plan for the first day to visit the western part.
First we visited Golden Pavillion, one of the world heritage sites in Kyoto. After walking around the garden and seeing the tea house, we headed for Daitokuji temple.
Usually we visit Ryoanji rock garden before or after visiting Golden Pavillion. However until Feb. 25th, it had been closed, so instead we visited Daisen-in in the precinct of Daitokuji. Daitokuji is also a Zen temple, which has rock and sand gardens.
I talked about Zen spirit and enjoyed Japanese tea usually served in a tea Ceremony.
After that, we visited Kotoin in the same precinct.
He didn't want to be rushed for the tour, so we stayed there for a while and enjoyed its atmosphere . As it was fine, we felt a breeze coming through some bomboo trees and heard birds singing. The garden consists of just moss and one stone lantern, but still makes us feel comfortable and calm.
Then we went to Nijo Castle.
He said it was not cold so much in the castle in Japan as in those in Europe, because European castles are mainly made of stone.
We enjoyed this historic place and visited Nishiki Food Market.
He tried steamed fish-paste.
How is it? He said nh~ nice!
Photos tea room of Koto-in
Lunch ( OYAKODON ) oyako means a parent and a child.
( chiken and egg )
DON means a rice bowl.