Another wonderful day in Kyoto. The day started out cloudy and rainy, but that meant perfect lighting for photographing lotuses at Hokongoin, near Hanazono station.
It was doyo-ushi-no-hi so this shop was grilling eel over charcoal all day long. Mmm… it smelled so good.
We stopped at Nakamura-ya for a snack of korokke (croquette).
Then we walked through the bamboo grove to Okochi-sanso, the former residence of samurai film actor Okochi Denjiro.
We saw this mossy, grass-roofed house as we walked north-west of Arashiyama and Sagano.
We saw these passion flowers growing near there too.
Later we went to Nanzenji. This is the old aqueduct. First were were enjoying taking photos…
…when suddenly the sky opened up and it began pouring rain like mad. We took cover under the big San-mon gate and tried to wait it out, but after an hour it wasn’t showing any signs of letting up. We ran back to the subway station. The rain was coming down so heavily that the water in the storm drains was pushing up the sidewalk tiles and gushing back out onto the street. We were soaked.
The next day we visited Nishiki-koji market and went strolling in Gion.
Somehow I always have to come here when I come to Kyoto. I love the colorful saru-bobo.
Finally we visited Sanjusangendo before hopping back on the shinkansen to get home.
That is definitely a long hall.