Kyoto – Chionin and Shorenin temple and Kyoto streets

Continuing on our walk around we passed some other interesting side streets.

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Some led to temples (that’s Chionin temple at the end).

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And some just led to people’s houses.

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But most of them were lined with lovely sakura.

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This is part of Chionin.  Although it is famed for a large and very beautiful main hall, unfortunately its all under renovation now.  What this means is that the boxed the entire temple in a massive steel structure and covered it up.  Zan nen :(.

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So we walked around the back to see what was still around.  Still some interesting sights!

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Next up was Shorenin temple.  No renovation work here!  The sign does say that once you take of your shoes, you transform into a bag, and then a small woman.  My brother and I tried. Nothing happened.  Disappointed.. 😦

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We felt just like this guy.

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Shorenin is fun because you get to walk around inside for through quite a few o f the buildings.

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Through lovely corridors.  It feels very different walking without shoes on!  I guess it also helps keep down the wear on the floors.

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And of course a beautiful garden.

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With some people posing in the scenery.

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One of the better kimonos I’ve seen!

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And hints of Sakura in the temple.  But more about this to come in the next couple of posts.

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Until next time!

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