Day3: 24th March 2008, Sunday
Destination 1: Arashiyama [嵐山]
Given time frame: 1hour
Time Reached: ~ 7:00AM
If you have a chance to visit to Kyoto, it is recommended to plan at least half-a-day to explore in Arashiyama and Sagano. It is hard to describe in words when you see the astonish views and the fresh air makes you feel so free!
Due to too early, many shop still not yet opened. We missed out many stunning spotlights views and temples and activities in Arashi-yama.
Pic1: On the way heading to Arashiyama
Pic2: Reached Arashiyama
Pic3: Arashiyama – temple??
Pic4: View at Arashiyama
Pic5: Pedicabs at Arashiyama
Pic6: Pine trees at Arashiyama
Pic7: Rangetsu Hotel at Arashiyama
Pic8: Stone stair inside the Park in Arashiyama
Pic9: Hut / Cottage inside the park
Pic10: A store near the river
Pic11: Togetsukyo Bridge
Destination 2: Lunch at Chinese Restaurant + Heian Shrine [平安神宮]
Given time frame: 1hour++ lunch + 20mins Heian Shrine
Time Reached: ~11AM
We spent more time travel by tourist bus than really explore into the spotlight in Japan. The bus parked near the Heian Shrine and we walked to the nearby Chinese restaurant took our lunch. Thumbs up for the China cook who served delicious Chinese dishes.
We met with a grouped of Japanese ladies in their traditional garment (kimono) pray at Heian Shrine attending their entry to University ceremony.
Know more about Heian Shrine
Pic12: Notice board showing some rules restricted in the shrine
Pic13: Front view of Heian Shrine
Pic14: Sake Barrel
Pic15: A grouped of young ladies in kimono
Pic16: Crystal clear holy water
Pic17: Inside of the shrine
Pic18: Outside of the shrine
Destination 3: Kiyomizu-dera Temple [清水寺]
Given time frame: 2hours
Time Reached: ~1PM
Aoshima-san, the tourist guide told us this temple is build without needed any nails with only woods. The other spotlight for this temple also due to the water falls through the 3 separate streams believed to provide wisdom, health and longevity respectively for those who drink it. It is advised not to be greedy to drink 3 of them as misfortune will follow you! Choose only 2 is recommended. Well, the cups are shared (each of the cup was kept inside a special storage space with infrared light to sterilize it) and you need to line up and wait for your turn to drink the water from the stream. Gosh! The tour guide didn’t warn us not to drink 3 of it! Luckily I only drink from 1 stream…Haa~~
There are many attractive souvenirs shops builds sides by sides at both paths along the way heading to the temple’s entry. 2 Hours of course NOT ENOUGH!!!
Before transfer to Hotel Nikko Toyohashi, we had BBQ as our dinner. Here, we are free to eat as much as we want (eg: fresh seafood like scallops, beef, sushi, miso soup, ramen…). Still, thumbs up for the meals for this grouped tour. Not to mentioned, I eat beef (the meat is really soft and smooth until I can’t stop) until my noise bleeding by next morning…Haa~~ Of course, it also due to the dry and cold weather there.
Pic19: Front view of Kiyomizudera Temple
Pic20: In Kiyomizudera Temple
Pic21: Holy water in Koyomizudera Temple
Pic22: Inside Koyomizudera Temple
Pic23: Pray for Luck in Love and Marriage in Jishu Shrine
Pic24: It is believed that close your eyes and walk to touch the 2 love stones which line up in 18m, you will then grant with luck to meet your mr or ms right! Unfortunately, I didnt saw anyone did that as per believed.
Pic25: Prevent Bad Luck
Pic26: Inside Kiyomizudera Temple
Pic27: Otowa waterfall with 3 streams represent wisdom, health and longevity
Pic28: Inside Kiyomizudera Temple
Pic29: Before Leaving, having a photo shot at the front view of Kiyomizudera Temple
Pic30: Overnight at Hotel Nikko Toyohashi