Okay, I have to apologize to everybody because I totally forgot to publish this one before Kobe’s, so actually Osaka has to wait.
But I’ll be quick and painless, I promise!
A good and famous excursion fron Kyoto, you’ll have to go near the Ryoanji to take the Randen, the only electric railroad of the city.
After changing once, you’ll get to Arashiyama, famous location during spring and automn, It’s a nice city, but due to lacking of time I went straight to Tenryuji, one of the five greatest zen temples of Kyoto and a World Heritage Site (of course).
Next to the temple stands the well-known Bamboo Forest, the top attraction of Arashiyama; no picture can match up to the beauty of this place! And you can also find small shrines!
Let’s take a break with a delicious mitarashi dango before going to Uji!
If you love japanese literature, you surely heard about Uji, being the city where the last part of Genji Monogatari take place. I still haven’t read it, so I can’t say more than this (shame on me!).
Actually, the reason I wanted to visit Uji is the Byodo-in, the temple pictured on the 10 yen coin, but I promise I’ll also read Genji Monogatari soon!
The main building is called Phoenix Pavillon because of its shape and you can visit the inside and watch the gold wooden statue of Buddha Amida. I didn’t went in because it was too crowded, but you can enjoy the temple from outside and the Museum with the temple’s treasure.
And that’s it! Next one is Osaka, I promise!