The last morning at the hotel. This is a cherry tree planted just a few years ago in the garden. Three flowers bloomed for us.
The last day in Kyoto was rainy. We visited Kiyomizu-dera temple. The road to the temple is narrow , everybody was putting up umbrellas, the touring buses were going back an forth. It was really hard to walk up to there.
The last lunch was at a restaurant of wheat gluten. They cook it into varieties of tastes.
On the next day, we visited Shukugawa-park. The cherries there were awesome.
On the way back to Nagoya, we stopped at Shigaraki town. A famous pottery town. I bought several flower pots at reasonable prices.
The shop I bought is Kamiyama pottery. It is specializing in flower pots, water lily pots, and vases.
I forgot to write in the previous blog that we visited Kyoto a little early for fully enjoying cherry blossoms this year. Since we were late last year, and since it had been warmer than last year, we planned the trip a week earlier than last year.
Next morning, we left our car at the hotel and walked to the Myoshinji temple.
On the way, cherries were welcoming us.
This time we joined a tour to view a painting of "Dragon and clouds" painted by Tanyu Kano in 1656. It took him eight years to paint and is registered as one of the important cultural properties of Japan.
And, the guide took us to the Akechi bath also. This is literally a sauna bathroom for high ranked monks and also registered as one of the important cultural properties of Japan. As the name shows, this is related to Mitsuhide Akechi, but the explanation about this is left for your investigation.
The principal image of buddha. This photo was taken over wire netting.
Time for lunch! We had Shojin-ryori at the restaurant near the temple.
The next cherry place was Hokongo-in temple.
Black camellia. We have never seen this before! Somewhat bewitching beauty.
Taking a bus we came to Shijo Kawabata area. Many tourists rent Kimono and sightsee.
A famous cherry tree at Maruyama park. We came here last year too, but it was a little too late and the day was rainy. This year is a little too early, but better than yesterday.
The cherry at Chion-in temple was almost in full bloom. Unfortunately, the temple was closed after 16:00.
Two tourist were consulting guidebooks and discussing their future.
The next destination was Shoren-in temple. It was a little early for night-time opening. I was yelling, "Open the door, please!" ;-)
The garden lighted up.
Time for dinner! We had reserved a table at Italian at Gion Shirakawa. On the way, cherries were beautifully lighted up.
From the window seat, we were able to enjoy the view while eating.
Half eaten pasta. This is pasta with Kyoto pickles, and the taste of it is fabulously interesting.
Coming out of the restaurant, still the night was young.