Quite impressive and should rank high on the shortest of lists while visiting Kyoto.
Honke Owariya has been in business since 1465. It was originally opened as a confection shop but over time started with more offerings.
The colors of the forest during my afternoon visit brought a cooling, calming quality to the stroll.
I knew there would be a wait but this might be the longest I have ever queued for soup.
A moment of zen brought to me by the beautiful Golden Temple in Kyoto.
In a pinch I picked up breakfast from McDonald's. Always interesting to see what pops up on fast food menus abroad.
Had a peaceful walk through the gardens and complex of Tenryu Temple. It is right next to the very popular bamboo forest as well.
Still not totally sure what I came away with. I think my new key chain is a famous wrestler(?).
The dinner set came with a bowl of spicy ramen, pork gyoza, cabbage slaw and a carafe of sake.
It was early, quiet and not a pebble out of place. I lingered for a bit to make sure I took in the peace completely.
Nishiki Market has lots of edible things to enjoy: oysters, local pickles, candied, dried shellfish.
Calling all manga junkies! You have found your spiritual center: Kyoto International Manga Museum.
What makes the dedication of this temple so special is the one thousand gold plated, cypress statues of The Thousand Armed Kanoon's likeness inside.
I rode the Shinkansen speed train from Tokyo station to Kyoto station. The trip was a blur but beautiful and so happy I made it finally to Kyoto.