Kyoto’s Hōnen-in temple

After leaving Ginkaku-ji we followed part of the tree lined Path of Philosophy alongside a narrow canal down to Hōnen-in temple. The path takes its name from 20th century philosopher, Nishida Kitarō, who often wandered along the path deep in thought. For us, we were deep in concentration as Hōnen-in was allegedly easy to miss. However…

Kyoto

Arrived in Kyoto from Kanazawa mid afternoon after travelling on the interestingly named limited express ‘Thunderbird’. After a visit to the ever helpful Tourist Information Centre we took the subway two stops to place us within a five minute walk of our hotel the Court Hotel. After checking in we decided to go for an…

Tokyo Take 2

The following day, Monday, after walking to the Shin Okuba station we took the train to the east of the city first. Our first stop was the Tsukiji fish market, which is a bit of an icon in Tokyo. Apparently it is closing next month. If you arrive really early at 5:00 you have a chance…