We started day four exploring another temple. Kyoto Kiyomizudera is a temple that was established even before Kyoto was the capital of Japan. Although some buildings had been burned down then rebuilt, it is really amazing how these structures have been maintained until now.
It was a slightly gloomy day, but the bright reds and oranges of the pagodas were refreshing. I would love to see this area in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming or in the fall when the all the leaves begin changing colors.
And, the temple grounds were expansive -- by far the biggest one we visited on the trip. We even walked to that pagoda in the distance.
Such a beautiful view.
Time for lunch! We found this yummy soba restaurant amidst the cute shops near the temple.
Cutest little ceramics shop. In the back of the book, there are some questions with point-to answers that the wife uses to get to know the customers better -- so sweet.
Then, our last stop in Kyoto was this really beautiful lotus garden we found at another temple. All the breath-taking nature and luscious greenery never failed to amaze me when we were in Kyoto. I am so glad that we were able to take this little detour from the city life.
We had a late-afternoon train ride back to Tokyo, and after checking into our hotel, we decided to check out the walking-shopping street near the palace.
Found these adorable cookies sold in this little store promoting sustainable practices and supporting local farms and stores.
And to end the night, my pops and I went to Shinjuku Pit Inn, a little jazz club that has shows every afternoon and night. This was the only night we had time to visit pit inn, so even though I did not research the show that evening, we decided to go anyways. You can only buy tickets at the door until 30 minutes before the show starts, and then you have to wait for your number to be called to go inside and find a seat. If I recall correctly each ticket was about 30 USD, but it comes with a free drink.
That night there happened to be a special concert series that invited multiple jazz groups and traditional Japanese musicians to come together and play. It was extremely lively and memorable to say the least. And even though I did not necessarily get a jazz show as I anticipated, we had a real fun time.
I would definitely recommend people to come here if they are in Tokyo though because they have some pretty big players that come in and I have only heard good news about the shows.
Part four, the last and final post of the travel diary series should be coming out in the next week. Happy Thursday!