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On the trails
 



We left Miyajima and headed to the bustling city of Kyoto.

Big city streets...

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Narrow streets with tons of shops and restaurants...

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The first night we stayed in a capsule hotel, which was an experience.

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Video

The next day we went to the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine on Mt. Inari. There are over 10,000 torii along the 4km path up the mountain.

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Walking along the path video

Later that day at another temple. I forget which one.

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Super-crowded streets.

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Next day at the Golden Pavilion.

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Entrance to Nijo Castle

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There was no photography allowed inside, but I was a "bad gaijin" (disrespectful foreigner) and turned the video camera on in my pocket to record the sound of the "nightingale floors", floorboards designed to whistle and squeak when walked upon so that the palace guards would be alerted to the presence of assassins coming to kill the shoguns. It was impossible not to make noise, even being really sneaky.

Video

Maybe if I had ninjya shoes.

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Mountain over Kyoto with kanji symbol for "big". Indeed. At least once a year they light it on fire.

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Rock garden at Ryōan-ji

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Random geisha sighting back in town.

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Kyoto sunset, our last night there.

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Kyoto Sunset by RepoMan84, on Flickr
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