A city of contrast with ultra-modern buildings and ancient temples
Kyoto was the former capital of Japan for more than thousand years. So, I had the image in my mind of an ancient old city full of temples but that this was not the first sight I got. As a JapanRail holder, train stations are always the entry point. I was very surprised of the ultra-modern glass and steel terminal architecture.
… Another example of contrast. I saw many women wearing traditional dress at the train terminal. I did not expect that Japanese still wearing like that…
Kyoto is definitely a big city. I love to walk around but if you want to sightseeing the uncountable temples in town is better to get the bus day saver. If you wonder why the bus switch off engines everytimes that stops in a traffic light, the answer is to reduce CO2 emissions. My first stop was the Kyoto’s famous attraction, the Golden Pavilion…
… but when I got there was full of local japanese tourist fighting each other with their telelens to get a good spot for a perfect framing shot. I wasn’t on the mood to fight back… so I took a quick shot and decided to follow my way through the moss garden surrounding of the pavilion.
The second stop is another hotspot in Kyoto. The finest surviving example of zen stone garden, Ryoan-ji. The rocks formation with the circular patterns resembles to a seaview of island and waves around them. It said on Zen Philosophy that Zen gardens facilitate meditation… I don’t know but is true that I enjoyed enjoy a very special moment of tranquility and spiritual atmosphere until a new travel group come into the scene.
… after I while I realized that tourist get dressed on traditional custom to sightseeing around Kyoto in order to fit on the surroundings.
I like the feeling of being alone in public places. Especially, a unique setting as Kyoto. After the tourist group spoiling the moment at Ryoan-ji, I decided to have a try on more distant and quiet temple. Definitely a great choice.
As night was approaching, I headed to the most famous night-time districts, Gion, the Geisha district.