When I say Kyoto, what is the first thing to pop into your head? Nothing? How about a clue: There are literally hundreds of these all over the city, and they are all quite beautiful to look at. They are supposed to fill a religious purpose, but most people seem to just see them as a nice tourist spot or an interesting diversion.
I am talking, of course, about temples. Be it a Shinto shrine or a Buddhist temple, Kyoto has them in droves. And today, it just so happened that I went to visit one of them. Finally.
Well, to be fair, I have been to some temples and shrines before, when I was in Japan last summer. But, today was the first time I visited one since I came here, and it was about time. The temple in question is called 仁和寺 (Ninnaji) and was founded in the year 888, and has been expanded several times since then. In 1994, Ninnaji was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It was really beautiful, and the weather was perfect. Not to hot, but still sunny and bright.
Until next time, have a good day!