Nijo Castle (二条城) & Kiyomizudera (清水寺)

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.
entrance to Nijo Castle
details outside Ninomaru Palace
Honmaru Palace
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.
Kyoto International Manga Museum
manga translated to Indonesian
a beautiful Chinese restaurant along the way
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.
Kiyomizudera Gate
gate, pagoda, and people
the pagoda, in faded orange
Little Buddhas
shrine of 100 Buddhas
this is Kiyomizudera
silhouette of the temple against Kyoto’s sunlight
follow the white shoe!
wooden structures that support the temple
queue to the springs
water of health (left) and water of happiness (right)
Below are random shots from the streets of Kyoto.
Kansai badger, he’s everywhere
Japanese Peter Rabbit
a temple in Gion Street
sunset over Kyoto

About landakungu (Dane Anwar)

Landakungu is the blog of Dane Anwar, a native Jakartan. She loves to travel, read comics, novels, and watch films. After spending 5 years living in Taiwan and 4 months in China, she is finally back in Indonesia, which is going to be her new base for more travels and other interestng things.
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