Japan, part four: kyoto

I have one more set of vacation photos for you guys. My brother and I spent the last few days of our trip in Kyoto, where we did some serious sightseeing. On the agenda: love gods, golden temples, and (to quote a touristy website I consulted) "the ultimate torii gate experience."

Photo snapped on our guided tour of the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Walking garden on the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

We saw this logo everywhere we went in Japan. I looked it up, and apparently it's for Yamato Transport Co., Ltd., one of the country's largest delivery service companies. Crazy cat lady that I am, I absolutely love it.

Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto known for its large wooden veranda and beautiful views.

Part of the Kiyomizu-dera temple complex, the Jishu shrine is dedicated to Okuninushi, a god of love and matchmaking. Most of the shrines we visited sold little charms, but these ("Improve the love fate of your zodiac sign") were my favorite.

The Jishu shrine had lots of informative English signage.

A statue of Okuninushi and his rabbit messenger.

Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion), a Zen Buddhist temple whose top two floors are covered in gold leaf.

Kinkakuji's gardens include these statues at which people toss coins for luck.

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for the thousands of torii gates that line the walking trails behind its main buildings.

Fox-themed "ema" votive pictures at the Fushimi Inari Shrine.


  1. I'm still loving your Japan photos! That delivery service sign is the cutest thing, awwww...and the outfit you're wearing in the photos with the statue is also super cute!