Yesterday was a blue sky day… and we took the opportunity to hire free bikes from the hotel and cycle around Himeji.
We went to Himeji Castle… and climbed to the top with slippers on – the view was great. As usual there was a lot of cherry blossoms, but the are getting near the end of the season. While there, taking this photo reminded me of the trees featured in the Dr Seuss books (eg: the Lorax). Am I alone in this thought…?
We went for a long walk on Sunday. Our only guide was the Cherry Blossom, we walked wherever we could see blossom. It felt like the whole town was out partying! See a pile of photos on our flickr pages. Just click one of our Flickr badges.
Fushimi Inari gates are famous for there being a large number of them closely together in the hills near Kyoto and being bright red.
I suggest you google these to find out why.. its obviously too late and Ive forgotten why they are like this. usually someone has paid a lot of money to have the gate errected and it has their name on or the name of their company on the front. This is still popular practice today.
There were an amazing amount of tourists here. It is the busiest spot for tourists. There is also a very lovely garden that you walk through then have to dodge your way past all the shops. I thought Rome was bad….
Surprisingly enough after seeing this building the rest of the area is quite quick to walk through
A Unesco world heritage site
Largest wooden structure in the world, and it houses the largest bronze buddha in the world. It was rather amazing.