Monday, June 15, 2009

Japan Day 14-Temples and Gates

Today we had a change of schedule. Instead of seeing a museum, The weather was nice out and Stan decided we should go see Byōdō-in instead and then see Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine on the way back


We took the the subway to the Keihan Railway Station and hoped on a train south to get there. The train station we got off at was one of the coolest I've seen.


The main hall at Byōdō-in is almost a 1000 years old and is one of the oldest wooden structures in the world. The primary reason we came though was to see the adjacent museum by Akira Kuryu.


It is really good example of how to design a modern building in harmony with such a historic site and have them relate rather than one tarnish the other. The museum was beautiful. Pictures weren't allowed inside and was actively enforced so I don't have any pictures of the interior :(. The rules at the place were a bit annoying because they have no sketching rule but you can take as many pictures of it as you want go figure.


On the way back, we got off the train a couple of stops early to see Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. It is famous for it's path up the mountain side that is lined with Torii Gates. When I say lined, there were thousands of them- one after another. We walked up close to the top but we took a wrong turn and ended up missing the last section. Oh well.


Tomorrow we are headed to Mt Koya to spend a night at the Buddhist monastery there. We won't be back until late wed so I don't think there will a be a blog post tomorrow so don't worry that I skipped a day.

Photos Day 14

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