in Japan, Japan2013, Trips
For our second day in Kyoto, we started with freshly charged bikes and went to Nijo Castle, waiting for it to open at 08:45 since we only had time to see it until our guided tour of Kyoto Palace started at 10:00 (getting from one the other took a little while, even with the bikes).
We randomly stopped by a temple on the way to Nijo Castle. Unfortunately, Nijo Castle doesn't allow any pictures inside its rooms, so I only have pictures from the outside.
it was schoolkid week, they were all over :)
We then rushed to the Kyoto Palace to get there just in time for our guided tour (in English, no less). The guide was very good, and the palace was very nice to visit (much much nicer than the Tokyo Palace tour which is totally something you can skip):
it had nice gardens
The palace is inside, it's big :)
On the way to the west side temples, we found some random ones on the way :)
We then went to Daitoku-ji which actually houses several sub-temples which each charge their own admission. To be honest, with the rest of what we saw, this was neither worth the time, nor the money, but eh, we were there, so we looked and paid the multiple fees:
Next was Kinkaku-ji, aka the Golden Pavillion, arguably the prettiest and most popular temple in Kyoto:
a little break before that :)
From there, we totally skipped Ryoan-ji since we didn't need to see another temple which was mostly known for its rock garden (thanks Arturo), and we went Toji-in, off the beaten path, not well known, but quite nice and worth the visit. Among other things, it had a great garden.
Last was Ninna-ji, which unfortunately was half closed that day, but what we did see was worth it.
we are so very sorry that we're working on the grounds
the cable, in case you're wondering, is a lightening rod
By then, it was 17:00 again, so most temples were closed, but Kitano Tenmangu closed at 18:00, so we went there to see the plum trees, but it had much more:
plums were there, but not in season yet
While biking back to our room, we found a grocery store, and ended up getting dinner for ourselves :)
By then, I had also returned the electric bikes from Rent a cycle Kyoto Kenbunroku