Only the person who was wisdom can read the most foolish one from the history
From my point of view, today was one of the greatest days we've had in Japan so far on this trip. We rented bikes from the hotel, and bicycled around Kyoto. The city seems to be made for cycling. It was a little scary however, since I haven't been on a bike for 10 years, and the sidewalks are pretty narrow and filled with people, and other bikes. Fun, even though it was as much as 40 frikkin degrees today, and we didn't have much shelter from the sun, and forgot sunscreen. It was rather sweaty day, to say the least.
We bicycled for a good while up the eastern hills of Kyoto before we made a stop at a Zen garden and temple - Konchi-in. The "Crane and Turtle" garden was absolutely beautiful, and luckily we were alone there the whole visit. Apart from the obvious trees and plants, we also saw some..
.. A lizard (he was too fast for the camera though) and some koi fish.
Random pictures from the garden:
Next we rode down Philosophers Walk, a path following a canal in a rather pleasant area, with loads of little shops and sights along the way. There we had spaghetti at a tiny restaurant that looked like it had been trapped in a time-capsule from the 50's, and met a white cat in a store.
Our last stop for the day was the Ginkakuji temple, another Zen temple. The original temple was from 1482, but as usual, it was destroyed aaaand rebuilt like 500 years ago.
Tomorrow we might be heading back to Osaka or something, if we can get up and Aarnes air-con-flu isn't too bad.