Highlights of day 2;
Our Ryokan was located just around the corner from the Honen-in Temple.
The Honon-in Temple was built in the 17th century
It’s a tranquil temple and offers free admission to the grounds except for the main hall
Our first lunch in Kyoto was at the Kyoto Kisaki Yudofu restaurant which is located right next to the Honon-in temple. They open at 11.00am and I recommend that you get there on time as the place fills up very quickly due to their high quality specialty; tofu. They have set lunches and we both I got the Kyoto Boiled Tofu which comes at 2100 Yen. It includes the famous boiled tofu with a dipping sauce, tempura fried vegetables, sesame tofu, rice, pickles and tea. It was delicious, satisfying and super healthy.
The famous boiled tofu
Tempura vegetables and shiso leaf
Grilled tofu with a green tea jam on top
After lunch we walked along Philosopher’s Walk. It’s a nice path that follows a small creek. Along the path you’ll find cute and quaint little cafes.
We were in Kyoto during sakura and luckily the whole city was blooming
At the end of the Philosopher’s Walk you’ll find the impressive Kiyomitzu-dera – a Buddhist temple on Mount Otowa. Stunning views of Kyoto! Before you get to the top, you walk up a walking street with endless shops selling intricate souveniers and yummy Japanese snacks. You will have plenty of opportunity to sample everything from pickled vegatbles to the delicious mochi – Japanese rice cakes.
Yep, it was pretty busy when we went!
Along the path you’ll come across geishas – some are real geishas and other are tourist dressing up
Once you reach the top of the walking street you will find the incredible Kiyomitzu-dera temple with stunning views of Kyoto
You will come across the Ojizosama statues wich are dressed red bibs. They are usually small and can be found along roadsides, around temples, and in cemeteries. The ojizosama statues are one of the most popular Japanese divinities and are seen as the guardian of children – particularly of children who died before their parents.