Waking up on Day 7 in Kyoto felt like a dream-come-true. Not only did I have a spacious ryokan at half the price of a minivan-sized Tokyo hotel room, I also opened the curtains to discover a beautiful view. Looking back to this day, if I could have things my way, I’d dive back straight into Japan this second.
Our morning destination was Tofuku Temple, which was probably our 2nd or 3rd rock-decor temple for this trip thus far. Although seemingly plain when viewed from a distance, once you look closely, you can see each pebble being laid out in a careful pattern. The workers/artisans must be great long-jumpers too, because once you finish laying pebbles in the middle, a single misplaced step on any of them can ruin everything.
And then came Nijo Castle, my long awaited afternoon destination. After viewing the map (which reminds me of WarCraft II) near the entrance, we were greeted by lush smooth fluffy greenery. Outside the castle walls was also a moat, which was used to bar off attacking soldiers a couple of centuries ago.