From there on, I took the Shinkansen Sanyo Line to Shin Osaka where I stayed till Saturday. So, there wasn't really enough time at all to explore Kyoto.
Dropped my bags at the hotel and made a beeline for Kiyomizu-dera, a temple 15 minutes by taxi from hotel. There are, of course, cheaper means to get to Kiyomizu-dera but having not the luxury of time, taxi was the best option.
Kiyomizu means pure water which the temple derives its name from - the source of pure water here is Otowa Waterfall. I picked this temple to visit since it is one of the latest closing sites and at the same time, it is also a recommended place to see the sun set being perched on higher grounds.
On 1 Jan 2006, this temple was nominated as one of the New Seven Wonders of the world.
The taxi dropped me off at Kiyomizu-zaka, the street that leads to the temple. This street is lined with many shops selling souvenirs like pottery, fans, zori/geta (footwear) etc, snacks like the Kyoto specialty called yatsuhashi, a doughy triangular sweet filled with bean paste.
There are so many buildings that make up Kiyomizu-dera - it's a beautiful site - too bad i missed early spring when the cherry trees were blossoming. Compare pictures with cherry blossoms here.
Pardon the pictures which are not in their right position. I still can't figure out how to get it right.
On subject of picture-taking, I had no choice but to assess strangers and ask for help with taking my pictures as I was traveling alone. It did feel odd posing in front of the camera handled by strangers - on can tell that I was stiffer than the stiffest drinks around. On top of that, not everyone can take a picture with good composition... this means a lot of wasted time in front of the cam.Apart from enjoying the sights and sounds, I also had a go at Omikuji for JPY100. I do not know what exactly I got cos it was written in Japanese. Was told that it is not a cursed one though. Not that I believe but when in Rome... ooops, I mean when in Japan..... though I didn't drink any of the pure water.