First warning, lotsa pics in this entry.
Second warning, pics taken in few mode (mostly nostalgic)
Third warning, I'm cute. HAHAHHAHAH....... Temple = confuse (way too many)
I start walking from the guesthouse at about 2ish in the afternoon, we kinda expected that we will not be able to cover anything much as it will get dark at around 4pm. Earlier on, upon checking in at Khaosan Guesthouse Kyoto, we asked the girl at the front desk on where is the nearest area to cover, and she recommended us Chion-In Temple and nearby it's area as it have no closing time. Looking at the map and direction given, we agreed and start our temple hunting journey.
After walking for 5-10 mins (plus all the stopping at shops around along the street), we reached this bright red coloured temple entrance which I believe is Chion-In Temple.I tried googling for temple name but (no, I didn't take any pic of the temple name as I thought having the map will do, but little that I know....) couldn't find it despite having the map with me NOW by my side.
My pic might look uninteresting but the coverage area is SUPER HUGE and have more to offer, it will take me approximately 3 days and 3 nights to blog about this. Hence, am recommanding you to check out this site to know more. Dasar pemalas dak?
I will upload more pics on my facebook for your viewing over this weekend (that's what I kept reminding meself the last 2-3 weeks). Truthfully I didn't venture the inner area of this site (apahal masuk temple bebanyak, masjid pun tak penah masuk sebanyak ni I pikiq dalam ati. Lebih kurang sudah ler... segan kat Tuhan).
Anyway, sis and me decided to detour and take this small lane on the right side (inside the compound)... because we figure that if we go forward, we will go "deeper" into other temple area and wouldn't be able to turn back before it gets dark. SMART MOVE! I seriously think I am psychic. Will tell you later why I so perasan on this.
Chup! Before that, the street I took to Chion-In Temple passes by a longkang (drain), yeah! This clean clear water is their LONGKANG... whole Malaysia need to be sent to Japan to learn a thing or two on green environment. Giler bersih, my bro kata leh ambek wuduq siap ari bulan.
We took a stroll not knowing where it leads to, all we did was making sure how many right or left turns we made incase there's a need to reverse the route. Oh yah! Not to worry, we make sure we follow the crowd and the lanes are safe and full of people.
My sis tengah feel apa ntah, insisted I took her pic by the wall like that. Hhehehe....
There were few interesting scenery that we passed by, autumn leaves trees leftover (nampak dak!), gated old traditional houses and clean lanes, old Japanese houses. This area is a MUST visit guys.... make you feel you are IN JAPAN. You will be running everywhere wanting to take pics of everything, kid you not.
This whole area of houses and shops are of this nature or feel, really old Edo period. The Edo Period was from 1603-1867 and it reflected the richest time in the history of Feudal Japan. Am sure you have watched the movie or read the book - Memoir of Geisha. I suspected it was shot here in Kyoto, I thought I read this somewhere larr...
No no no no this is not a house that we passed by, it's actually a restaurant... as usual the price for tempura with rice & soups cost slightly more then Y1000. RM42+.
Then we kept on walking, following the crowd of 2-4 people or/and following the lane (always keep to the main lane/street, street-smart rule), not knowing where it'll lead us to again!. Konon konon nak impromptu lerr... Then we saw this beautiful denai going up the hill on our left, you've guessed it...!!! We ran in and start snapping pics like nobody's business. WHY??? Autumn leaves on small denai?!?! How perfect can this be...
Jeng jeng jeng.... this is the Daidokoro-zaka that connects Nene-no-michi road and Kodai-ji. JAKUN with capital J.A.K.U.N. Need I say more?
Once we reached up there, more temple and temple and temple.... ok! Enough temple updates and just check out the map above. And no again, I didn't walk and cover all the temple. If you ever set foot in Kyoto, you will learn and understand the amount of temples there are here (banyak giler), my personal rule is be selective and choose the popular and prominent and have a unique history/structure temple. Like what I say in my visit to Italy, once you see one church, you see them all. You'll tend to get confuse of the temples (nothing against the temple, churches and religion yah! Don't get me wrong).
The consoling part was that (aside from seeing more temples), you get to see the "view (so called) of Kyoto (we think, can't be Hiroshima right?! Hahhahah...)". The sun was almost setting obviously.... apa lagi, tembaaakkkk.... you know I LOVE sunsets right.
Drama dak? I uses nostalgic mode and enhance the pic, this is to give the old yet drama effect. Ceh wahhh.... Seriously, it's not thaaaaat dark actually tau.
Since no where to go, we went down to cover other areas, then we bump into the man-carry rickshaw. We were tempted but the cost.... phew!!!! We don't know actually. Hheehehehehe..... saja bikin gempak.
We walked further and further from out starting point, without the slightest worry despite the daylight is saying goodbye; night time will be greeting us soon, I guess this is the part I LOVE about Japan, the secure and safe feeling it gave us. Sikit pun tak takut. Suddenly, unknowingly.... we arrived....
This really old Japan street with tea houses and souvenir shops, we even saw the locals in kimono dress. Kira cam orang pakai kebaya lama jalan kat Jonker Street gitus... JOM buat!
What area is this?
Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka street, so guys; do whatever it takes; make sure you cover this area if you want to feel the old Japan. Enuff said. My pic sexplain it all.
Then we realised the street move uphill, dah sudah... nak ke mana pulak nih. We have detoured sooo far and sooo much now that it kinda got us worried despite that we still want to follow the crowd. On the other hand, it's getting dark... hemmm...without giving much thought, we proceed with the hike upwards following the crowd, am sure there's a good reason why the crowd is flocking the area right. Pepandai jek!
Tah dah...... we saw this. Hehheh..... time not wasted walking up (with lotsa huff and puff).
We saw this temple, and YES, it was dark already by then. Seriously I think we walked for 2 hours or so covering more then 1km.
Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally "Pure Water Temple") is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.
Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. The main hall, which together with the stage was built without the use of nails, houses the temple's primary object of worship, a small statue of the eleven faced, thousand armed Kannon.
Hours : 6:00 to 18:00
Closed : No closing days
Admission : 300 yen
Spring and Fall Illumination
Hours : 18:30 to 21:30
(mid March to mid April and mid November to early December)
Admission : 400 yen
All Maps will be included in next entry.