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Today was a 'hike' day. In spite of using five subway trains, we hiked about 7.5 miles to view several of the historic sites of this wonderful city! Our first stop was the UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Nijo Castle. It was constructed in 1603 and consists of the Shogun Palace, home to the first Shogun, Ieyasu, which protects one of the finest Imperial castles there is. The fortifications are remarkable and probably not able to be conquered. After another subway and a walk through the streets of Kyoto we arrived at the Heian Shrine - a Shinto building since it's a shrine. We then started the hike towards the 'philosopher's trail' and the subway and stopped at the Nanzen-Ji temple which is Zen Buddhist - a temple indicating it's Buddhist. Comfortably nestled in the woods towards the hills of Kyoto, it has one of the largest gates in Japan.
And now some special photos, as requested by my daughter and wife. We have a Toto electronic toilet in out hotel room. It's bluetooth between the control panel and the toilet. It satisfies all of the male needs to push buttons, with interesting sensations. I am considering purchasing one, although they run in the $1k's