Castles and Temples continued
Trip Start Aug 25, 2011
14Trip End Sep 08, 2011
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That failed, we went over to see the silver pavillion, which was designed based on the golden pavillion we saw yesterday. It was not finished before its builder died though, so he never got around to putting silver on it. Still, it looked neat. On the way there, we made a quick pit stop for some more soft serve ice cream. This time, I got a sesame flavor. Not as good as the sweet potato, but not bad. After the silver pavillion, we walked down the so-called philosopher's path. It is about a mile-long path along a small creek with some quaint little coffee shops along the way. I can see why it would be popular. The path lead us down to the Nanzenji temple. By this time, my feet were killing me - similar to when I dragged my mom up and down Chicago a few summers ago - but again, I think it was worth it.
We were both tired and hungry after walking around the temple grounds for awhile, so we caught a bus back to Kyoto station. We walked over to Shijo-dori, then found a department store to eat at. Up on the 8th floor, Terry chose an Italian place, where we ate some thin crust seafood pizza and drank some cool sake. After dinner, we made some attempt to find nightlife, but the bars seemed to be in weird places like on a random floor or basement of random buildings. We ended up at a very strange piano bar, which had only one other person there besides the woman playing piano and singing slow depressing songs, and the beer was extremely overpriced...We did not stay long. Chalk it up to the problem with not knowing a local to tell you where to go. We decided we should recruit Beth's help to go out in Tokyo instead.
Overall, Kyoto was fun, and it is a very clean city with a mountainous backdrop. I think this is going to be at the top of my list for favorite experiences at the end of the trip.