Day 12

Today we visited the Kyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto. It is the most popular and well known temple in Kyoto, and was extremely crowded, filled with thousands of school children and tourists. It is situated atop a hill at the base of a mountain, and is one of the most scenic locations for a temple I’ve seen.

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Unfortunately, a large portion of this temple was also under construction.

Next, we visited Kyoto Gosho, a shrine with beautiful combinations of ponds, hills, and gold plastered buildings. It was a place with some serious eye candy, with the potential to blind it was so bright.

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At this same place, we went to a zen garden, comprised of large, mossy boulders, sticking out of raked pebbles. Sitting here and contemplating this scene is said to help achieve enlightenment and wiseness. It didn’t work for me.

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For dinner, we got dressed up and went to a reception for the ACP. The food was free, and all you can eat, so I was content.

-Loren