We took one more day trip from Tokyo during our stay in Japan. On Saturday, we boarded the shinkansen and headed to Kyoto.
We had two activities planned in Kyoto: Brian and Bruce wanted to see the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum (they, along with their father, are huge train buffs. Is it genetic or environmental?) and we wanted to tour a Buddhist temple or two. So first, the museum, which featured over a dozen steam engines, one of which you could actually ride.
|Steam engine at Umekoji|
|Full steam ahead!|
We left the train museum and walked through Umekoji Park. We spotted a traditional garden, and found that we could tour it for 200 yen. It was out of season, but it was still very beautiful. And well worth the 200 yen. We never found out what the name of the garden was.
|When you visit a garden in a freezing drizzle, you have it all to yourself|
|Some of the Japanese maples were still colorful|
The temple complex occupies an entire city block. We wandered in. It was a beautiful place.
|The largest ginkgo tree I have ever seen. It's giant limbs were propped up with large poles.|
|The elevated walkway between the two worship centers. We|
couldn't figure out what the creature on the corner of the roof was.
|This was in a niche outside one of the stores. A cistern?|
Kyoto Station was quite beautiful. I especially liked the ceiling.
|Looking down from the 1st lower level.|