Rainy Day in Kyoto
Some days start out with the best intentions and end up being your least favorite on a trip. Today was that day. Our day in Kyoto included the historic and cultural sights of Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion, and Daisen-In.
At Nijo castle, the gate was the best part. Inside the castle was fine but nothing you couldn’t miss. A lot of the castle has been taken to a nearby museum.
The gardens would be lovely on a lovely day but the typhoon was about to hit and was raining off and on.
Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji, is a Zen Temple. It was beautiful but by the time we arrived so had the rain. Sideways rain in a crowded area meant trying hard not to get clotheslined by short people with umbrellas. We were so soaked by the end of our walk around the grounds.
The gorgeous Golden Pavilion;
And the 650 year old (holy cow!) bonsai tree:
Lunch was perfect for the unadventurous souls today. The miso soup hit the spot and warmed my rain-soaked self right up. Mushroom fried rice was the entrée and was pretty tasty.
My last stop of the day was at Daisen-In a temple and monastery for Zen Buddhism. They are well known for their rock gardens. No photos were allowed inside (but trust me, rock gardens are not that exciting). On our way in we ran into some monks and I took my favorite photos of the day.
After Daisen-In, which I did really enjoy, about half of us bailed on the rest of the day’s plans. One person’s rain jacket turned out not to be waterproof, another broke their umbrella in the wind. I was just over it and wanted to eat some ramen! A bunch of us decided to have our first ramen experience.
Gyoza to start- very yummy!
And then came the ramen. I had no idea what to order so I just pointed to something which I thought was pork. I was right!
All mixed up:
I added some kimchi and some hot peppers to my ramen to give it a kick. I was a big fan, the broth was so flavorful. This is not the nasty ramen you made in college dorms. A perfect dinner after a cold and rainy day.