Nijo Castle was the resident of Japanese Shogun when he visited Kyoto. It was built by Ieyasu Tokugawa in early 17th century. It is consisted of 2 parts: Ninomaru Palace where the shogun received his guests and famous for its nightingale floor (the shogun was so paranoid he wanted the floor designed to squeak every time someone stepped on it. It must be really stressful spending a day in a palace where the entire floor squeaked) and Honmaru Palace where the shogun lived. The palace must’ve look nice during spring because it’s surrounded by sakura trees. But since it’s summer, it’s green and very tranquil. Don’t forget to bring umbrella to protect yourself from the harsh sun.
The next destination is Kiyomizudera, a temple famous for its freshwater springs. But somehow Kyoto Manga Museum is on the way. There are so many awesome life size action figures, but taking photographs is not allowed inside. So I can only give you the gate, and several comic books translated into Indonesian.
Back to Kiyomizudera it is! As I said before, Kiyomizuera literally means Clear Water. It has 3 springs you can choose: wealth, health, and happiness. You can only choose one, for if you choose two or all of them, you’ll be considered greedy. I choose happiness. Not because of any particular reason, but because the queue is long and I’m very thirsty. Happiness is indeed a cup of cold water during a hot day.
Below are random shots from the streets of Kyoto.