Strolling in Higashiyama alley in the rain

Strolling in Higashiyama alley in the rain

2013.6.21

on Kyoto

yasakanotou

View of Higashiyama area overlooking Yasaka Pagoda, a five-story pagoda which is the most visible and famous landmark here. If you are lucky, you can go up this pagoda (it is open irregularly to public) although chances are that they are closed on rainy days, partly because the stairs can get very slippery when wet.

Has been raining so hard here in Kyoto for several days. Annoying? Well yes for the city dwellers but truly a welcome rain for the farmers…I only wish that the rain cloud wouldn’t overdo its work:(

ninenzaka1

Ninenzaka,located at the foot of Higashiyama mountain, retains the traditional landscape of Kyoto. Very quaint and picturesque alley. It’s so true that the charm of Japanese traditional houses increases when raining:) When visiting Kiyomizu temple it is a great option to enjoy a stroll on this alley with Sannennzaka, right up to Kodaiji temple.

kodaiji

Main approach of Kodaiji temple in a heavy rain.This Rinzai-school Zen temple was established in 1606 by Kita-no-Mandokoro (1548-1624) in memory of her late husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598), who was a prominent daimyo warrior, politician and a general.Although a very small,peaceful temple, it possesses a number of objects designated as Important Cultural Assets. Among these are the Main Gate and the Spirit Hall, noted for its use of maki-e. (gold-leaf lacquerware) Beside all that, this temple is worth visiting for this beautiful green approach and its garden designed by the famous garden designer Kobori Enshu.I would say, ideal for “rain” stroll!