A Night of Singing and Dancing (Kansai, Japan Trip 2012, Day 12)

This is a day of travelling…

First, we travelled from Kyoto (京都) to Mount Hiei (比叡山). Here, we visited the Enryaku-ji (延暦寺). The temple is part of the world heritage site in Japan. It is one of the most important monasteries in Japanese history and the headquarters of the Tendai sect of Japanese Buddhism.

After that, we took the ropeway down to Sakamoto and switched to a train to Otsu. That was where the fun started! After checking into our hotel, we decided to go to a nearby temple to take a look. Guess what? We chanced upon a dance festival cum temple fair! There were traditional Japanese singing and dancing performances. Visitors like us could join in the fun too and of course we did! 😀

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Strolling Along the Philosopher’s Walk (Kansai, Japan Trip 2012, Day 11)

On the 11th day of our trip, we decided to take a stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk (哲学之道). The pathway is dotted with cherry blossoms and we were lucky that most of the trees are in full blossom. We took many photos and visited Ginkaku-ji (银阁寺) along the way. The walk ended at Nanzen-ji (南禅寺) where we had the famous beancurd soup (汤豆腐) meal in one of the restaurants.

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Ginkaku-ji

Nanzen-ji

After the walk, we went back to our Ikoi-no-ie (憩の家) to have our kimono wearing session. We had fun wearing the kimono and taking photos near our hotel. It was fun and not too expensive. Do give it a try! 😉