Last Saturday my sister and I headed down to see my fiance for Marine Day, a Japanese national holiday. We took an extra day to explore the beauty of Kyoto.
|Wandering the streets of Kyoto with my sister, Anneke.|
The twisting streets were an intriguing mix of old and new buildings, traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.
Kyoto is also full of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.
Exploring these was fascinating, but hot in the 37º celsius/ 99º fahrenheit weather--time for a break!
|Hot and sweaty from hiking in the shrine's gardens.|
At the end of the day, it was time to catch the night bus for our 8-hour drive back to Tokyo. Thankfully I was able to sleep most of the way!