Thursday, November 22, 2007

Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan

On Thursday I took a bullet train (Shinkansen) to Kyoto. The train-ride itself was fun, as it's not often that I get to travel at 180 mph on rails. The route takes you through mountain tunnels and past the breathtaking Mount Fuji. I would have snapped a photo but given the speed of the train and nearby obstacles (telephone poles, wires, stations &etc) whipping by I never really had a clear shot.

After dropping off my stuff at the hotel in Kyoto, it was off by bus to the first temple I wanted to see: Kiyomizu-dera. Kiyomizu-dera was founded in 788, but the current structures were rebuilt in 1633 after a fire. The temple consists of several structures and is named for a waterfall that runs through it.

Kiyomizu-dera is built high up on a hill overlooking the entirety of Kyoto. The scenery was breathtaking.

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