5.18.15 - 5.18.15 80 °F
We started our day a little early today, because the weather guessers had suggested there was a 90% chance of rain at 4:00pm (they were wrong). Our first stop - a short taxi ride from the hotel was the Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple, whose current buildings were built in 1633. There is not a single nail used in the entire structure. It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills. Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water.
We then took a trek through the ancient historic district of Kyoto to our next stop, the Shinto Memorial to those that lost their lives in World War II.
The The Ryōzen Kannon is a war memorial commemorating the War dead of the Pacific War. The concrete and steel statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara (Kannon) was built by Hirosuke Ishikawa and unveiled on 8 June 1955. The statue is 24 m (80 ft) high and weighs approximately 500 tons.
We then headed through the narrow streets of Kyoto to the well hidden but extremely popular Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. The main shrine structure was built in 1499. the inner shrine is reachable by a path lined with thousands of torii.
From there, it was back on the Japan Rail line to the Kyoto Station for a quiet afternoon in anticipation of the rain.
Our stay in Kyoto is complete and tomorrow we will take the Shinkansen back to Tokyo to do some more significant site seeing there.