We go on with our tourist tour and this time we play at home, meaning we won't leave Kyoto because the ancient Capital of Japan has much to offer.
So we visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) and the Silver Pavilion (Ginkakuji).
The former is really rich and covered with golden leaf, from which it takes its name, it mirrors in a quiet lake where visitors are not allowed, and it is surrounded by a rich forest.
On the other hand, the latter, surrounded by zen gardens, is more modest and sober but being on a hill, it offers a priceless view and an unmatched serenity.
Furthermore the entrance ticket looks like a mystical paper against evil spirits... what more could you possibly want?
The visit to the two pavilions takes a very good part of the hot day, I think I've never drunk so much in my entire life.
After all Japan has a vending machine every 100 meters, you have just to choose.
I tried all the possible strawberry flavored milks, not only my beloved Ohayo, and I have to admit that also the banana flavored one is tasty, it was just a pity that it was not sold at the nearby Sunkus, not to mention the various Aquarius, Calpis and the like.
So we quickly see the giant Torii (gate) rising over one of the city streets and we go, before it's too late – all the tourist attractions close very early – to the giant and wonderful Kiyomizuji.
Here the walk among shops and booths selling typical products is too inviting, and we lose ourselves among the beautiful things, not only for our eyes but also for our tongues, strained by the hot temperature, that were available at each step.
To do this, anyway, we drained time to the visit to the temples forming this breathtaking complex that for sure was worthy more than a rushed half an hour... but you know that time is a tyrant....
And so, tired and hot, we slowly make our way back to our rooms, ready for the new moving expecting us on the next day.