Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Kyoto's temples and Tower

Yesterday at Kyoto City, two of my Japanese friends and me had a reunion with our friends from the U.S. who had arrived in Japan days ago. We haven't seen each other for years, so we had a very wonderful time doing sightseeing and chattering over a lot of things.

This is the approach of Daitsu-in Temple, Kyoto. So beautiful, isn't it?
It is a branch temple of Myoshinji Temple. Myoshinji has more than 40 branches in its precincts (so large!), and many of them have picturesque views like this too.

And again, the Golden Pavillion at Kinkakuji (formally Rokuonji) Temple. (I wrote about it on March 26)

Literally, this pavillion is covered with gold leaf, therefore so shiny! Perfect spot for photo taking :)
The latest gilding was completed in 1987.

That is the story of yesterday. Today, after seeing the U.S. friends off, the left Japanese guys, me and my friend, went to Kyoto Tower.

Kyoto Tower is just in front of Kyoto Station, you never miss it.
The tower itself is about 100 meters (111 yd.) high. Combined with the building beneath, 131 meters (145 yd.) high.

in the night, the tower looks like this:

(These two tower photos are what I took the other days)

We went up the tower to the observation gallery.
The leaflet says the gallery locates at the level of 100 meters from the ground, but as arriving at the gallery, we felt it higher than we imagined; it gave us a full view of Kyoto City!

the city view in the southeast direction

the northeast direction

the northwest direction

the southwest direction

I realized more than ever that Kyoto is surrounded with mountains and a basin city!


At 6/29/2006 05:10:00 AM, Blogger AK(st) said...

Oh gee - Kyoto seems to be a huuuge city!!! And nevertheless there are traditional Japanese places - I'm impressed! Nice post!

At 6/29/2006 10:46:00 AM, Blogger asta said...

That's right!
To be more exact, the area you can see in my four photos above is a half southern part of the city; the northern half is a mountainous area.
But the whole size of Kyoto City is about 828km2(320, with the population 1.47million. A large city in Japan.

What Kyoto can boast about is that, although being taken place of by Tokyo as Japan's capital in 1868, until then it had been the capital for about 1100 years. And now in the 21st century, it is still a live city, preserving traditional Japanese culture.
When you have a chance, PLEASE visit Kyoto! :)


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