Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera, Chion-in, Heian-jingu Shrine, Shijio Kawaramachi

We arrived in Kyoto on time, at 6.30 am. The bus dropped us in front of Kyoto Station. We took the metro to Gojo. It was difficult to travel on subway with big luggage. Upon exiting the station, we saw McDonald and decided to have breakfast there. After breakfast, we walked to Econo-Inn with the help of Google Maps. Upon reaching the hotel, we kept our luggage with the receptionist and used the hotel wifi to plan for the day’s activity. It was a nice hotel because it provides free bread and drinks from 7am-11pm. Also, there are microwave and fridge for us to use. I really like the hotel.

Our first stop was Kiyomizu-dera Temple. We bought bus pass for JPY 500 and took city bus to the temple. It was a hike to reach the temples, and the road leading to the temple are full of souvenir shops.

Entrance of Kiyomizudera temple
Steps to Kiyomizudera temple
This is a love stone. If you close your eyes and walk successfully to the other stone, you will meet your lover soon.
At far end is the other love stone
Kiyomizudera Temple
View of city from Kiyomizudera Temple
Pagoda at Kiyomizudera
Birds

After exploring the temple, my mom went for shopping along the road we came from, while I decided to sit at the bench at Sannenzaka Slope.

This is either Sannenzaka or Ninenzeka Slope

About 2 hours later, we followed Kyoto walking routes and walked through Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka Slope, visited Yasaka Shrine, Chion-in Temple, and all the way to Heian-jingu Shrine. In Heian-jingu Shrine, we visited Heian-Shrine garden with hope of seeing some flowers, however we only saw green trees throughout the garden.

Entrance of Yasaka Shrine
At Yasaka Shrine
At Yasaka Shrine
Wishes
Chion in Temple
Heian Shrine’s Torii Gate
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art near Heian Shrine
Entrance of Heian Shrine
The vast complex of Heian Shrine
Another angle of massive complex of Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine Garden
Heian Shrine Garden
Heian Shrine Garden
Heian Shrine Garden

From Heian-jingu shrine, we took bus back to kiyomizu-dera and had late lunch from one of the restaurants on the road leading to the temple.

Lunch
Lunch

After lunch, we went back to hotel to check in. The staff had cleaned our room and even moved in our luggage, that’s a very good service. Then we took bath and took a rest. At night, we decided to explore Shijo Kawaramachi. I had dinner at a cafe there. Then we took bus to Shijo Karasuma, and we follow the crowds into an alley to see the exhibition of a cart for Gion Matsuri festival. Too bad I didn’t bring camera and phone! Then we went back hotel to rest.

Temples to visit in Kyoto: Kiyomizu-dera, Chion-In, Heian-Jingu Shrine

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Date visited: 23 July 2014

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