|On the way to Yokohama|
|"Mommy, FINALLY we are on a bullet train!"|
After we paid the fee to get in, we made our way around to the main hall, a designated national treasure. No pictures were allowed, but there were a lot of people praying. There is an 11-headed, 1,000-armed Kannon here, famous for answering prayers.
After a bit of an accidental "tour" of the neighborhood....surprise! I got us lost. :/ Not the best time to go on an expedition...end of the day after half a day full of walking already. We asked a gentleman for directions, but he didn't speak English at all and we couldn't understand what he was saying. His hand motions got us moving in the right direction. Finally, we made it to the house!
The bedroom Kris and I stayed in had a small balcony off the back of the house. We quite literally shared the roof with several of the neighbors. Even with the VERY close proximity of everyone else, we rarely heard a sound from anyone in the neighboring houses. We had rain off and on one day and then into the evening and the sounds it made on the roof was quite noticeable. It was such a peaceful sound. I just sat on the bed reading a book and enjoying the clinking sounds of the drops hitting the roof. I could see myself cuddled up on that mattress with a hot cup of tea and a book on rainy days.
So, I read that Yasaka Shrine had fall illuminations and they were worth a look. Well, this wasn't quite the type of illumination I was looking for. I was hoping to see the maples lit up with beautiful lights all around us. Turns out, this place just had lanterns hung around the grounds. Not exactly fall illuminations, but instead illuminations in the fall. Oh well. It was still pretty and it was not crowded at all! Bonus! It wasn't very exciting for the kids. There was no admission fee to get it, but that also meant that I couldn't get a stamp in the stamp book I was so excited to fill. Oh well.
A few details about our day:
Arrive in Kyoto and have lunch 1300, then...
We walked from:
Kiyomizu Gojo Station --> Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine --> Kiyomizudera Temple --> back to Kiyomizu Gojo Station --> Aotake-an House --> Dinner --> Yasaka Shrine --> Through Gion District --> Aotake-an House around 8 pm.
Total miles walked: 9.2 miles
Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine
Admission price: Free
Hours: 24 hours
Admission price: 300 adult; 200 child
during certain times it's open 1800-2100 for an additional admission price
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 24 hours