Kyoto trip

6 May

Today is the last day of Golden Week. It’s a series of consecutive holidays in May that are known collectively as “Golden Week”.

We decided to take a two-day trip to Kyoto during Golden Week this year.  So, in early morning of May 4th, we took a fast but comfortable 新幹線 (bullet train) to Kyoto. We stayed in a nice hotel that overlooked 琵琶湖 (Lake Biwa), the largest lake in Japan. And we took the bullet train back to Tokyo in the evening of May 5th.

We had a really good time and got to see many of Kyoto’s famous sites.

Here are some of the photos I took:

We took this 新幹線 (bullet train) to Kyoto from Tokyo on May 4th.

We took this 新幹線 (bullet train) to Kyoto from Tokyo on May 4th.

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View from the bullet train window.

View from the bullet train window.

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Even the local trains were a bit different from Tokyo's.

Even the local trains were a bit different from Tokyo’s.

The famous Fushi-Inari Temple in Kyoto.

The famous Fushi-Inari Temple in Kyoto.

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1000 torii gates at Fushimi-Inari.

1000 torii gates at Fushimi-Inari.

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Wisteria at Byoudou-in

Wisteria at Byoudou-in

The famous Byoudou-in Temple in Kyoto.

The famous Byoudou-in Temple in Kyoto.

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This temple is shown on the backside of the Japanese ¥10 coin.

Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower

Our hotel had a lovely view of the largest lake in Japan: 琵琶湖 (Lake Biwa).

Our hotel had a lovely view of the largest lake in Japan: 琵琶湖 (Lake Biwa).

Delicious dinner at our hotel. 近江牛 (O-mi-gyu Beef)!

The second (and final) day of our trip (2015 May 5th), the weather was much nicer!

The second (and final) day of our trip (2015 May 5th), the weather was much nicer!

The famous 嵐山公園 (Arashi-yama Koen) in Kyoto.

The famous 嵐山公園 (Arashi-yama Koen) in Kyoto.

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many people wear kimono in the ancient city of Kyoto.

many people wear kimono in the ancient city of Kyoto.

Tenryuuji Temple

Tenryuuji Temple

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The famous 金閣寺 (Kinkaku-ji) Temple is covered in gold.

The famous 金閣寺 (Kinkaku-ji) Temple is covered in gold.

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6PM on May 5th, 2015 at Kyoto Station to take the bullet train back home in Tokyo.

6PM on May 5th, 2015 at Kyoto Station to take the bullet train back home in Tokyo.

京都駅 (Kyoto Station)...we had a good time!

京都駅 (Kyoto Station)…we had a good time!

12 Responses to “Kyoto trip”

  1. Nagzilla May 20, 2015 at 1:05 am #

    So very cool. We had hoped to take the bullet train to Hiroshima when we were over there, and it’s a good thing we didn’t because with the train outages we would’ve been stuck there. We need to come back soooooo bad! So many more things we want to see and do.

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    • tokyo5 May 20, 2015 at 8:18 am #

      >the train outages

      You visited Japan during the huge 2011 Earthquake, didn’t you?

      Yeah…it was a hard time! Train service was one of the many daily parts of life in Japan that were disrupted then.

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  2. John Spencer May 18, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Kyoto is a city with its own character, unique. I understand it was (mostly) spared bombing during the WW2 because of its heritage and historical value. It felt less hectic than other big Japanese cities I visited. I will need to come back for longer.

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    • tokyo5 May 18, 2015 at 11:01 am #

      Yes, Kyoto is beautiful! You should re-visit! It’s impossible to see a whole city in only one trip!

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  3. ddupre315 May 7, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    Loved Kyoto, I wish we could go back but I don’t think we’ll have time before we have to move out of Japan.

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  4. Earnest Mercer May 7, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    A truly beautiful city. I visited in 1950s several times during my two-year stay while serving in the U.S.Navy. I see from the photos that a lot of restoration as well as new construstion has occurred since then. Regards.
    Earnest Mercer

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    • tokyo5 May 7, 2015 at 8:49 am #

      Japan has changed a lot in the 25 years that I’ve been here…so I’m sure much more has changed since the ’50s!

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  5. laurenf May 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    I was able to spend a little time in Kyoto last fall, and I also went to the Fushi-Inari temple–I dragged my husband with me to the top, and then hobbled down after straining my knee. I loved it! It was so beautiful and peaceful. We also made it to the Kinkaku-ji temple, but ended up not having time for much else since we wanted to see the special exhibit of the frolicking animals & humans scrolls at the Kyoto National Museum ( http://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/special/koremade/exhibition20141007.html ). I definitely want to go back again and spend some more time there.

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    • tokyo5 May 7, 2015 at 8:48 am #

      >not having time for much else….I definitely want to go back again and spend some more time there.

      Yeah, it’s not possible to see everything in a big city like Kyoto or Tokyo in just one visit! You should definitely visit again!

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