On Tuesday we traveled by shinkansen to Kyoto.

Kyoto is a historic capital of Japan, and has many shrines, castles and temples. We visited Fushini-Inari Shrine, a pokemon centre, Nishiki markets, and did a tour that took us past the Ryoanji temple, Golden pavilion, a shogun castle and the gion district where geisha are trained.

Leo thinks Kyoto is a very different city from the other places we’ve been, it’s a lot more dense, and there is a lot more people. It’s a beautiful city and their are lots of temples and shrines. It’s very historical and you can’t experience all the old buildings in Australia.

Jacob enjoyed Fushini-Inari Shrine. It’s a shrine with thousands of orange tori gates forming a tunnel over the mountain. He thought you could get some good Instagram photos there. He watched a traditional religious ceremony, which Jacob thought was pretty cool.

When we first arrived at the Pokemon centre it was a building site! Luckily it had been moved to a nearby building, and we had lots of fun buying different pokemon toys.

The Nishiki Markets were along a long street, with hundreds of stalls selling food, chopsticks, umbrellas, cups, plates and more.

The Ryoanji temple was next. There was a rock garden where we sat on a verandah to look out on and meditate. The garden had 15 stones, because 15 is a prefect number, however no matter where you sit you cannot see all 15, because when we are alive we can’t see perfection. Flynn counted 13 stones. He found the fact that they had designed it so that you couldn’t see 15 stones at once interesting. It also had a beautiful garden around it.

The Golden pavilion was very crowded. It is a Japanese style pavilion covered in gold leaf in the middle of a mirror pond that reflects it. Najieh thought the pavilion was pretty and old. It was also set in some beautiful gardens. Najieh liked the gardens around it, it was beautiful, green and she thought it looked like it would be relaxing without the crowds.

After lunch we made our way to a Shogun castle. The castle was huge, and had the famous nightingale floors for us to try to sneak across like ninja. Catherine liked the nightingale floors, it made chirping noises. She thought the artworks on the walls were really breathtaking there was one that was a gold wall with tigers. They didn’t really focus as much on furniture as western cultures, Catherine appreciated the effort they put into the design of the rooms.

In the Gion district we visited a building with a display on geisha, where we leant about the process of becoming a geisha, and the styles of dance they do.