Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kyoto - Cherry Blossoms and Wrongly Named Pavilions

As some of you know, I spent the last week traveling to Osaka and Kyoto for my one week break. I saw some amazing sights while there and wanted to show them to you.

Here are some of the Kyoto highlights:
To the right you will see the Silver Pavilion which isn't in fact silver. It was never fully completed but it is still amazing regardless. It's also much smaller than I anticipated. The rock gardens were purely something amazing.
Bad self portrait (perils of traveling solo) with Silver Pavilion in top left corner.
Me and the famous Maruyama Park cherry blossom tree at night. One of the most photographed cherry blossoms in all of Japan...and for good reason.
At the conclusion of a path called The Philosopher's Walk we came to the Silver Pavilion and a stand that served Potatorndaoes. It was thoroughly unremarkable but visually amazing.
Me and Toji Temple....all 187 feet of the thing. Worth getting rained on as it's big, dark and ornate.
The Golden Pavilion from the walking path. Incredibly shiny and gold. Also surrounded by a beautiful garden featuring a wonderful lake.
And more cherry blossom trees at night.

Come back for some more in a couple of days!

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