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.

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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.

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The gardens would be lovely on a lovely day but the typhoon was about to hit and was raining off and on.

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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;

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And the 650 year old (holy cow!) bonsai tree:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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All mixed up:

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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.

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6 Responses

  1. Real ramen looks pretty tasty! You are having quite a trip!

  2. Holly says:

    Those umbrellas look to be coming straight out of those men’s heads! I would so love to travel to Japan, such a fascinating culture.

  3. Rachel says:

    Okay, so I really like instant ramen! (Especially when I’m hungover.) But eating real ramen is one of the main reasons I want to visit Japan – that and sushi and uni. Yes, this looks like a dreary day for sightseeing, but at least you got some fun pics and finished it off with good food. What kind of group/tour did y’all go with?

    • Andrea says:

      I won’t hold your love for instant ramen against you 🙂 but the real thing is so much better!!! I was with G Adventures on the Japan Express tour. It was great!

  4. Marta says:

    The rain sounds like the perfect excuse for a long stop for food – I’d do exactly the same 😉 I haven’t seen that part of Kyoto: it looks beautiful but indeed, pretty wet!

  5. Despite the rain- this looks like a great travel day to me and the pictures did not lost any of the Kyoto charm!

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