The few hours we spent at Kyoto before being whisked away to Hamamatsu were easily the most magical few hours I've had in 2015. I love how Kyoto has all these modern buildings but also manages to retain such a beautiful cultural side that is incomparable to anywhere else. We visited the Kiyomizu-dera or Holy Water Temple, which to no surprise was also very crowded. Read on to see more of this gem!
The road leading to the temple is filled with cultural shops ideal for buying all your souvenirs as well as uniquely Japanese treats like their flavored soft-serve, pastries, and all the Matcha Green Tea flavored food you can imagine! Would have really loved to explore this cultural area more but as usual, we were rushed to the temple itself.
Already in awe of the gate. *o*
Honestly some of the best photos I've ever taken in my entire life are here at Kiyomizu. It really sucks though that I was stuck using my 50MM f1.8 which, let's face it, isn't ideal for travel photography because it's stuck at 50MM view. Taking photos of entire structures was practically impossible. #DSLRstruggles
No regrets though, because the photos I was able to take were the ones I'm proudest of! :)
Make a wish! There were so many wishes written in so many languages!
So so many people in Kimono!
This girl was actually doing a little photo shoot of her own by the wishing boards and I took a ninja shot of my own! Haha!
This is a pagoda you can see from the Kiyomizu-dera. I'm not sure which temple this is, but I could not resist taking a photo of this view!
It is believed that exposing yourself to the incense smoke brings you blessings and luck.
Small cultural street where you can see even more cultural stuff! I wasn't able to explore this area but I bet there's street food here :D
The spring of the holy water. People from all around the world come here to wash their hands as well as drink the holy spring water!
Developed quite an obsession with photographing the winter trees and the remaining pieces of autumn foliage. I honestly can't imagine how wonderful it would be if I were to visit at the height of autumn!
Another prayer area within the complex.
There's a long wooden bridge you can walk where you can take a photo of the Kiyomizu-dera as well as Kyoto's cityscape. Afterwards, on our way back, we went to get some Matcha Ice Cream and it was so great! Not bitter at all and very balanced. I was half-expecting to be overwhelmed with authentic Matcha Green Tea. LOL
There's too many things I've yet to see in Kyoto and it literally took me just a few hours to fall in love with this place. Must go back! Haha!