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Studying abroad in Japan for the first time… Adventures are bound to happen.

Kyoto: Nanzenji, Lake Biwa Canal, Heian Shrine

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Continuing right where we left off last post, here I am at Nanzenji just a little ways after the Philosopher’s Path. This was where the legendary thief Ishikawa Goemon was supposedly executed by being boiled alive! Not exactly a comfortable way to die ^^;. Anyway, lots of walking in this post!

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The main gate here has an observatory on the second floor that you can access for a fee. Though I’m not sure how much you will be able to see since it’s not exactly that high (I supposed it is pretty tall in Kyoto’s standards…)

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The other part of the temple. There’s that incense thing again where you can dunk your head above the smoke to make yourself smarter, healthier, etc.

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I thought this was just an old bridge to nowhere… it’s actually a functional aqueduct!

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I believe this is where the garden is.

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Climbed a few stones and walked along the aqueduct bridge thing until the very end away from the touristy spots once again.

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Where am I… Coming this far wasn’t in my plans ^^;. Just thought it would be fun to get lost.

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Taking a little break before I decide where to go next in life. That’s some giant Torii over there… Let’s walk over!

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I just followed the road to wherever I think I can find an exit and ended up on… the Biwako Incline? This is what fishermen used back in the heyday traveling on Lake Biwa. So I guess I know where I’m heading…

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Lake Biwa Canal Museum.

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Continuing on my walk toward that giant Torii…

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And I made it! Hmm… kinda strange. It looked way bigger from far away. Didn’t realize that this is where the Kyoto Art Museum, library, and Heian Srhine are. Amazing what new places you can find just by walking around aimlessly (for a very long time).

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The one place I wanted to actually go in and it was actually closed off for the day. Go figure. Apparently a concert of sort was about to start. Hence a huge crowd outside and virtually no one inside. Well, time to head home…

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Kyoto is such a beautiful and scenic place to walk around. Canals and waterways everywhere. I love it!

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Makes me want to just toss a lifesaver onto the water and let the flow take me wherever it wants while I relax.

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Walking along Kamogawa (literally “duck river”) toward the train station where I came from. Calling it a day… a really long day…

3 thoughts on “Kyoto: Nanzenji, Lake Biwa Canal, Heian Shrine

  1. What an awesome day! I love it!

    I really liked Nanzenji, but you’re way braver than me – I couldn’t get more than a few steps along the aqueduct. Cursed fear of heights!

    • Oh it was intimidating for me at first too. No guardrails! I actually have to hop across the waterway near the end too because I went on the left side of the walkway that lead to a dead end haha. I didn’t slip but barely made the jump…

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