Thursday, July 31, 2014

Philosopher's path in the Autumn

My first trip to Japan one of my favorite days was when I walked along the Philosophers path going to Ginkakuji and Nanzenji and other smaller temples. Was amazing and if was quite beautiful in the fall time as well. I visited all those temples that day too! Here was the original post that has some background information of this amazing path. 
Lots of color but there was still some trees that were holding out!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ōi River in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

The Oi River is on the western side of Kyoto and most people visit it probably at Arashiyama at its picturesque bridge. It travels out of the Southern Japanese Alps and thought the Oi valley. I hope you get to go out there some time!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chimney Tops in Great Smoky Mountains

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Chimney Tops trail is a popular trail as it offers a 360 view. It is a great view on top but it comes with quite a bit of work. The trail it's self is 3.8 miles long and 1487 feet gain in elevation. The first half is steady up but the last half is quite steep and was rough. You wont regret it as the scenery on the trail going up is nice. Enjoy the photo's.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nison-in Temple - Sagano, Kyoto, Japan

Nison-in (Two revered images), is a Tendai Sect of Buddhism temple located in the Saga area of Kyoto out west. It is a great place to see maples in the autumn. The name of the temple come from the fact of the two main images; statue of the founding Buddha and one who has reached enlightenment. Founded in 834 by Emporo Saga and is now part of the Enryaku-ji Temple. All of the structures that are present are not original as it all didn't make it thorough the Onin Wars. The cemetery is known for being the resting places of famous people and emperors. 
This was a great place to stop!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Kyoto Botanical Garden Conservatory

The Kyoto Botanical Gardens Conservatory is really awesome. I haven't been in one that large in a long time and offered a lot of plants to see. In 1992 the green house opened with 4,612 square meters with 9 zones inside. There is 25,000 plants approx inside! You do have to pay an extra 200 Yen to go inside or buy a joint ticket at the gate before entering the gardens. Was wonderful to get out of the chilly air and in the humid zones...
The design was inspired by the near by Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion).

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