Of course, we visit the Golden Pavilion. My daughter couldn't wait to see this one. When we told her there was a Silver Pavilion across town but forgot to mention there was no silver on the building, she insisted on seeing it only to exclaim "Where's the silver?! I came all the way here and there's no silver?!"
And of course the cherry trees were in full bloom here and there in Kyoto.
We took a stroll down the Philosopher's Walk. Last time we took this walk, it was in the fall which was just as spectacular.
At the end of the walk and after a wonderful warm bowl of yodufu in broth, we took a wrong turn and discovered a small group of shrines all with little porcelain cups that stood out against the stone.
We toured a quiet little garden that the crowds seemed to ignore. Fine by us - the crowds were getting to us.
I thought the incense ashes were beautiful. Call me crazy.
And then a visit to Rozan-ji temple in the center of Kyoto. So many cherry trees in full bloom there.
I loved the red text and red fabric here.
I've always loved seeing the stacked sake barrels. I'm still not sure what that signifies but I think it's beautiful.
And as usual, I find beauty in strange things. No one could understand why I wanted to take a picture of this old stone writing. I love how nature intervenes.
And we saw a lot of dogs. This one was one of the largest we saw on the trip, which looked huge to us after seeing so many the size of your hand! I love how he pops his head out of the bars. Notice how his owner has so lovingly removed one bar, just for him?
Next comes Tokyo!